Cloves, Caryophyllus aromaticus
Cloves are aromatic flower buds that grow on clove trees in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and India among other countries. The flower buds are harvested and laid out on mats to dry in the sun for about 3 days. Then they are sorted and sifted and brought to market. Cloves are a popular cooking spice used by people all around the world. Do you have cloves in your kitchen cupboard?
Medicinally they are antiseptic, aromatic, carminative (aides in digestion), and aphrodisiac! They are used to help with fevers, flatulence, and as a bronchial expectorant. They are stimulating, warming, and improve digestion and circulation (so they are good for those of us with cold hands and feet).
You can chew a clove bud to combat bad breath. Use cloves to flavor sauces, curry’s, and other foods. Steep a tea using a bud or two to help with digestion.
Cloves are analgesic, which means they help with pain. Take a whole clove and place it in your mouth next to a sore tooth to help ease discomfort.
During the holidays you can make a Pomander Ball, a pretty center piece and natural air freshener. All you need is an orange or two or three, and some cloves. Poke the cloves into the orange in a nice spiral or circular design (or what ever design you like). You can use a toothpick to pre-make the wholes if you find the cloves too prickly. Use a ribbon to hang them in a window, or place them in a bowl with pine cones and nuts for a festive center piece.