CLOVE: “Your Dentist Loves It”
Digestion, Infection Fighter, Oral Hygiene, Toothache
Also Known AS: Caryophyllus and Clavos
Clove is a bud that comes from a highly aromatic tropical evergreen tree. Used by Chinese physicians, Indian Ayuredic healers, contemporary herbalists, Japanese researchers and Eclectic physicians alike, the herb clove has been around since the 4th century A.D.
For temporary relief of a toothache, put a dab of clove oil on a cotton ball and apply it to the affected tooth and surrounding gums.
For a warm pleasant tasting infusion use one teaspoon of the powdered herb per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 20 minutes. May drink up to 3 cups daily.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Clove does not grow in the USA. It grows in Brazil, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies. This aromatic evergreen grows up to 25 feet in height.
Cloves contain antioxidants, but also contain a chemical eugenol which is a weak tumor promoter. Cloves are considered nontoxic if taken as prescribed. High doses may cause upset stomach. If you smoke clove cigarettes, they contain 50 to 60 percent tobacco. When clove burns, carcinogens are released. These cigarettes are no better than the tobacco ones. The Journal of the American Medical Association reported many toxic reactions to clove cigarettes.