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Latin Name: Eugenia caryophyllata

Alternate Names: Clavos, Carophyllus, Ding Xiang (Chinese), Lavanga (Sanskrit), Lang (Hindi)


Parts Used: Dried flower buds.

Properties: Analgesic, Anesthetic, Anodyne, Antiemetic, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Aromatic, Carminative, Expectorant, Rubefacient, Stimulant

Internal Uses: Anorexia, Asthma, Colds, Cough, Depression, Diarrhea, Flatulence, Halitosis, Hiccups, Impotence, Indigestion, Laryngitis, Parasites, Pharyngitis, Stomach Cramps, Vomiting, Worms

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.

Essential oil of clove is effective against strep, staph and pneumomocci bacterias. However, essential oils must be used with great caution when applying internally.

Topical Uses: Pneumomocci, Staphylococcus, Strep Throat, Toothache

Topical Applications: The essential oil is applied to the area of a toothache to stop pain. Add it to toothpaste as a flavoring and antiseptic agent.

Culinary uses: Spice cakes, fruit dishes, wild game, pickles, catsup, mulled cider and wine.

Energetics: Pungent, Warm.

Chemical Constituents: Eugenol, caryophyllene, tannin.

Contraindications: If the essential oil has prolonged contact with gum tissue the herb can be irritating. Use caution when applying essential oil internally.

Comments: The word Clove is from the Latin word clavus, meaning 'nail', in reference to the shape of the buds. The genus name, Eugenia, is named after Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736). During the Han Dynasty (207 B.C. to 220 A.D.) court visitors were required to hold cloves in their mouths when addressing the emperor, so as not to offend with bad breath. Folklore says that sucking on two whole cloves without chewing or swallowing them helps to curb the desire for alcohol. Clove is used to make vanillin, which is artificial vanilla. Much of the world's production of Cloves goes to making Clove cigarettes.

The common name Clove also includes the species Sygium aromaticum, which is used interchangeably with Eugenia caryophyllata.

-- Phil in KS (, November 07, 2002

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