The Clove-healing herbs and spices to use in your kitchen

Yesterday we discussed cinnamon and its benefits; today’s topic is the Clove, a prized and ancient spice.

4. Clove

Clove is also among the spices that can help the body use insulin more efficiently, thus lowering blood sugar somewhat. Oil of clove is 60 to 90 percent eugenol, a potent pain-deadening antimicrobial. Clove has earned the official endorsement of the FDA as an effective stopgap measure for tooth pain. In one lab study, clove was also found to speed healing of cold sores. Cloves essential oil is used in dental products, is used as a food preservative and is regarded as being a powerful antiseptic.

It is one of the most prized and ancient spices of the orient, is used extensively in many cuisines for pickling and as an essential ingredient in many spice mixtures, such as garam masala and Chinese five spice powder. Use sparingly.

Cloves go with cherries, ham, honey, oranges, mandarins and grapefruit, peaches and nectarines, pears, pineapples, plums.

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4 thoughts on “The Clove-healing herbs and spices to use in your kitchen

  1. LAIRD

    coffee in utah lunch in the cape, what did I do before retirement?  – its been too cold for the garden, spring snow is forecast! . . . Ah cloves, are used in casseroles the world over, and in my marinade for venison.

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  2. Kenneth

    Putting doves into casseroles ?    realy eating the bird of peace, disgraceful, regarding venison, I cant afford it, it’s dead dear.

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  4. swamp

    Morning Kate. Cloves, great for taking away the pain of toothache. I’ve used that before a few times in the past.
    Nice coffee this morning, just what I needed as I crawled from the swamp.
    Have a good Friday. Soon be the weekend. 🙂

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