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