Clove

Other Names:

Eugenia Aromaticum

Benefits

  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiseptic
  • Insect-repellent
  • Antifungal
  • Antiinflammatory
  • Antiviral
  • Antiseptic
  • Wound-healing
  • Snake-repellent

Clove


Syzygium aromaticum

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) is
a valuable herb that has been used for centuries as a food preservative and for many medicinal purposes. Cloves are the dried flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen that grows in tropical climates and coastal areas. Clove oil contains 80 to 95% eugenol, which is what's responsible for clove's ability to keep food from spoiling. Eugenol also provides many health benefits.

Antifungal Properties: Some studies show that eugenol inhhibits the growth of many fungi, including Candida albicans, the pathogen responsible for Sour crop in poultry. In cell cultures, eugenol has been between 1.4 and 2.3 times as effective against C. albicans and C. tropicalis, respectively, as equivalent doses of the antifungal pharmaceutical nystatin.

Antioxidant: Eugenol is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant, and helps inhibit the accumulation of fat peroxide products in red blood cells and maintaining the activities of the body’s antioxidant enzymes at normal levels. Clove flower buds can be combined with either 0.2% lemon balm (Mellisa officinalisL. ) extract or 0.2% agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria L. ) extract to provide a natural source of antioxidants. Dilute the mixture with drinking water (2:1000).

Red poultry mite repellent: Clove essential oil is a natural method of repelling red poultry mites (Dermanyssus gallinae) from coops.

Insect-repellent: Clove essential oil is often used as a natural repellent for mosquitoes and lice.

Snake-repellent: Clove essential oil has been shown to be of benefit as a natural repellent of snakes. Combining with cinnamon essential oil, or used alone, when combined with water can be used as a repellent spray to repel snakes.

References

Mountain Rose Herbs