Moffitt Restorative Dentistry

Natural Clove

Sep 01 2016

Oil of Clove
Clove is an evergreen tree, which produces a flower bud that has numerous medicinal properties. It is often referred to as clove bud. Clove bud has a shaft and a head and therefore it has the Latin name clavus, meaning nail. Clove was extensively used in ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations and it spread to other parts of the world, including Europe, during the seventh and eight centuries. Even now, clove is used in several Indian and Chinese dishes.
The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. The oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities. The most important and common use of clove oil is in dental care. Several toothpastes, mouth wash and oral care medications contain clove oil as an important ingredient.  There are many other health benefits as well.
Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. They are native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice. Cloves are commercially harvested in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and other countries.
Zanzibar has long been known as ‘Spice Island.’ We were able to go on a spice tour and explore the island’s history in the spice trade. This provided us to breathe in the aromas and scents of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, chilis, vanilla, saffron and curry. The island also cultivates pineapples, jackfruits, lemons, limes, oranges, pomelos, durians and coconuts.

Under a clove evergreen tree in Zanzibar, we picked the cloves from the tree and were able to bite into the clove bud. Instantly we felt the analgesic and antiseptic properties of the clove. What an experience.

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