Cloves: benefits, curative properties, contraindications

This spice comes from the Far East, Indonesian origins and is cultivated in Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Its properties as a natural remedy for several ailments are known since antiquity.

Its scientific name is Eugenia caryophyllata but it is also known as Syzygium aromaticum, is part of the Myrtaceae family.

Its most common name is known cloves, because the flower buds (buds of flowers) dried take the form of small nails. Gather after the rainy seasons when their color is light green, when they turn pink and then red, then assemble and are left to dry.

It is known by all as a spice from the kitchen with its strong flavor and connoting as a sweet aroma, creams, liqueurs, wines, teas, but are little known properties for our health.


Nutritional value: 100 g / 274 kcal

Essential oils are among eugenol, the same that is also found in cinnamon, it is this that gives the peculiar smell in this spice, is its major component, about 80% of it, has antiseptic and anesthetic power, alpha and beta-caryophyllene that they belong to the family of terpenes. The essential oils of cloves are used to combat toothache especially in case of gingivitis. Old remedies advised to put a clove right on the aching tooth and leave for a few hours of its properties. Now you should use mouthwash made from this spice.

Add a few drops of essential oil of cloves to an infusion or herbal tea helps fight the cough caused by seasonal illnesses.

Tannins are molecules that act on proteins, are the polyphenols which act positively towards our health. They have anti-inflammatory especially for fighting colds and sore throats.

Flavonoid antioxidants that fight free radicals and slow down cell death.

Mucilage able to swell when in contact with water, their fitoterapie laxative properties make this spice, making the stool softer, and fighting constipation.

The properties of this spice are varied in addition to those already mentioned antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anesthetic can be added to the digestive, helping gastric emptying, and decreasing the sense of hunger and intestinal bloating therefore also slimming.

In the world of cosmetics they are used fatty oils used to prepare purifying masks the skin to make it more elastic and shiny.


High doses of cloves can be toxic to the liver, it is recommended not to take this spice to children and to those suffering from liver disease.

It is not recommended its intake during pregnancy and lactation, because the essential oil eugenol can pass the placental barrier and then give problems to the mother and the unborn child. Small doses even for those suffering from gastric ulcer or for those who have a sensitive colon.


Pharmaceutical information about the applications and the consumption of food plants have no indication for self-prescription. In the case of diseases, especially if severe, you need to individually track them with your doctor.



Dr. Cinzia M. Calabrese

Posted on 01/14/2017 What do you eat? 0 1053

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