Information on Clove

Latin NameSyzygium aromaticum
Part UsedBuds
Herb FormsEssential oil, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system, Urinary system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA tree growing to thirty feet with ovate to oblong leaves and pale purple flowers.
DescriptionClove has a long history of both culinary and medicinal use. The tea has been used to allay nausea, and the oil, which has pain-relieving and antiseptic properties, is used topically as a counterirritant and to relieve toothaches, for the treatment of dry sockets, and to remove warts. Both the oil and the powder have anti-fungal properties and are used to treat athlete's foot.

Clove has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of WARM.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Decoction1/2-1 cup 2 x daily
Oil1-2 drops of oil on affected area

Ailments Treated by Clove

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Athlete's footantifungalpowder (externally)
Fungal infectionsantibacterial, antifungalpowder externally
Toothacheanaesthetic, antibacteriala drop or two of clove oil on the infected tooth

References

Blumenthal, Mark et al. 1998. The Complete Commission E Monographs. Austin: American Botanical Council.
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Wren, R.C. 1988. Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs. Essex: C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd.