Cloves are indigenous to the Middle East and have long been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese medicine for their supposed aphrodisiac properties and ability to treat headaches and indigestion
According to Spruce Eats, “Clove flower buds are harvested in their immature state and then dried. Whole cloves are shaped like a small, reddish-brown spike, usually around 1 centimeter in length, with a bulbous top.”
Today, cloves are mostly grown in India and Madagascar. In addition to being used a warm and aromatic culinary spice, it’s also the source of clove oil, which is a concentrated essential oil that is high in volatile compounds and antioxidants.Cloves are rich in antioxidants, especially the type called eugenol, which is a phenolic compound that can reduce oxidative stress. This compound is pr
Clove also contains other compounds that have similar effects — for example, cloves can help prevent proliferation of certain harmful microbes that may cause oral or gastrointestinal infections and diseases. Additionally, research has shown that clove buds have immunostimulatory activities that can help promote immune response mechanisms.
Clove extract and oil are even sometimes used in food preservation because they can help keep growth of bacteria, including listeria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella, Streptococcus and Staphylococcus, under control. These can contribute to food poisoning.
Clove is also popular around the world in dentistry since it fights formation of gum disease.
esent in concentrations of 80%–90% in clove bud oil and at 82%–88% in clove leaf oil.