IntroductionClove is a very important spice in the everyday kitchen. Cloves are one of the spices belonging to the category of "garam masala". The other spices belonging to this category are cardamom, cumin, bay leaves, mace, cinnamon and pepper. Cloves can also be used in powder form in the dishes. Mostly cloves are used in recipes of chicken or mutton. Fish recipes or recipes involving vegetables doesn't require cloves. But the most important use of cloves is in biriyani or fried rice. Can you imagine mutton biriyani without black cardamom or cloves? Now someone might think that it is enough that cloves are good for cooking, why bother about its health benefits? It is helpful to know about the medicinal benefits of cloves, as you might be suffering through a problem, whose solution lies in cloves.
Few important factsHere are few biological and non biological facts about cloves. Cloves are basically the bud area of their flowers. When the flower bud is pink that is, when it has not even bloomed properly, that pink bud is kept in the factory. In the factory they are artificially dried and we get the brown cloves. If you closely look into the brown clove, you will see the bud like structure with the middle portion swollen and the wing like structures all around the middle portion. This spice is hugely found in India due to its culinary importance, especially in portions of South India. It is in fact exported from South India to other parts of the world. This spice is also cultivated in Sri Lanka, mainly because of its medicinal benefits. Speaking of medicinal benefits let us discuss the medicinal benefits of cloves.
Medicinal Values of Cloves
ConclusionWhen you cooked a chicken biriyani at home, due you ever think about this much medicinal benefits of cloves ever ? Well, now you know. In fact, you can try cloves to drive away mosquitoes. DO tell me how quick you got rid of the mosquitoes after using cloves.
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When I was a child my grandmother used to give clove oil for a toothache. Our elders and ancestors have known the effects of these items very well. That is why they included them in our daily use in some way, though in minute quantity. It is interesting that even today I use clove oil when I experience a toothache. Most toothpaste manufacturers advertise the presence of clove in their products.
By my own observation and logic, I have correlated the use of clove in some sweets prepared in our home or for festivals or as Prasad in temples. It is known that over-consumption of sweets can cause tooth decay, and hence clove is added as an ingredient to prevent tooth decay and make dental care. Similarly, clove has some effect on controlling sugar levels. That also adds to the reason of using clove in sweets. Cove has some local anaesthetic properties. Hence clove oil is used in pain relieving oils and ointments.