Clove is a popular spice used in foods and aromatherapy around the world. The dried buds of the plant are ground to create the common spice we use in cooking. The stems, buds, and leaves of the plant are steam-distilled to create an richly aromatic essential oil. Both the spice and the essential oil have been found to have numerous health benefits.
A Nutritional Spice
The spice clove is a good source of dietary manganese. It also provides a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K, vitamin C and magnesium. (Source)
Clove contains a compound called eugenol that has been found to have numerous benefits. Clove essential oil contains a concentrated amount of eugenol. This study shows that eugenol/clove oil is an immune booster that reduces inflammation in the body.
Eugenol has also been fount to be a promising anti-cancer agent in numerous studies, potent against melanoma, skin tumors, osteosarcoma (bone), leukemia, cervical, breast, colon, and gastric cancers.
Clove oil is commonly used as a mild analgesic (pain-reducer) in dental products such as temporary dental fillings, toothpaste and mouthwashes, and has also been shown to improve memory. (Source)
This study found eugenol to be an anti-oxidant and DNA-protector in liver cells.
This study found eugenol to be antibacterial, fighting the harmful bacteria Streptococcus mutans.
Feeling guilty for that pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies this season! Well, you can at least now rest assured that they contain one healthy component--the helpful herb: clove!
We use clove in a number of our deodorants, and in our Cool Cucumber Facial Cleanser!