Cloves are unopened fragrant flower buds of an evergreen tree in the Myrtaceae family in Indonesia. They are one of the most popular spices in the world and are a widely used spice in Asian and Northern European cuisine. A spice extremely rich in antioxidants.
However, most people are unaware of the many health benefits that this spice has.
Why are Cloves good for you?
Cloves have an antiviral and antibacterial effect. It can be used for colds, coughs and even flu.
Cloves protect against diabetes by tripling insulin levels in those taking it. It is extremely rich in manganese, which is vital for the body's metabolism.
Aids digestion – you can try these properties by drinking a cup of clove tea after a heavy dinner. This will relieve digestive discomfort and the feeling of a bloated stomach.
Cloves also contain fiber, vitamins and minerals. The main mineral contained in the spice is manganese. It is essential for maintaining proper brain function and building strong bones.
Cloves stand out as an extremely useful remedy for oxidative stress, liver disease, bone problems and stomach ulcers. Unfortunately, in large amounts, some of the compounds in it can be toxic.
If you wish to take cloves as a dietary supplement for prevention or for an already established disease, it is extremely important to consult a specialist.
Moderate and easy use of Cloves:
Several varieties of clove tea are popular; the recipes are easy to follow, and the intake helps with diseases of the respiratory tract and a weakened immune system. Here are the recipes that are easy to follow:
Boil a glass of water and put a clove bud and a small piece of fresh ginger in it. Add a bag of black tea and let it brew for 2-3 minutes. We can add some fresh milk. It helps with a sore throat .
Pour a cup of boiling water over a stick of cinnamon and let it soak for 10 minutes. Add 2-3 clove buds and a teaspoon of orange or lemon peel. Mix the resulting infusion with freshly brewed black tea in a 1:1 ratio. We can add a teaspoon of honey. Such tea is very useful for a cold. It can be drunk once a day in winter to strengthen the immune system.
You can also make a decoction of cloves, which has a strong antibacterial effect.
To do this, crush a few buds (enough to fill a tea bag) and soak in hot (but not boiling) water and let sit for 8-10 minutes. The decoction also makes a wonderful natural mouthwash.
Another option for tea with clove infusion.
A little preparation is required - for this purpose, dissolve two teaspoons of sugar in 200 ml of boiling water and add the juice of one lemon. We mix the syrup with a glass of freshly brewed black tea and put 2-3 cloves in the liquid. Tea is good for daily consumption - it invigorates, enriches the body with vitamins and increases tone.
It should not be forgotten that tea with cloves is not given to children under two years of age. Pregnant and lactating women should also avoid it.
Cloves show their beneficial properties only if they have been properly grown, harvested and transported. Therefore, be sure to check the quality of the spice before use.
You need to take a handful of dried buds from a bag, throw them into the water and see how they manifest in it.
Fully emergent flowers are of no use by themselves, but those that go to the bottom or are held vertically may be used without any doubt.
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