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Scientific name: Syzygium aromaticum
Part used: flower buds
Origins & Properties
Cloves are native to the Maluku Islands (or the Moluccas) in Indonesia.
The clove tree is an evergreen that grows up to 8–12 meters tall, with large leaves and crimson flowers grouped in terminal clusters. The flower buds initially have a pale hue, gradually turn green, then transition to a bright red when ready for harvest. Cloves are harvested at 1.5–2 centimeters long, and consist of a long calyx that terminates in four spreading sepals, and four unopened petals that form a small central ball.
Cloves are commonly used as a spice and give aromatic and flavor qualities to hot beverages. Long-used in traditional medicine as an essential oil, it is effective for toothache pain and other types of pain and used for aromatherapy.
- Digestion: Increase production of gastric mucus and limits spasms and diarrhea
- Nutrients: Contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals
- Antioxidant: Helps reduce oxidative stress
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