Clove

Latin Name

Eugenia caryophyllata

Family

Myrtaceae

Chemotype

Eugenol

Distilled Component

Leaves

Traditionally Known Properties

Very powerful, broad-spectrum antibacterial. Antifungal. Antiviral; boosts the immune system. Parasiticide (very effective against lice), vermifuge. Analgesic (administered locally). Anaesthetic for the oral cavity and cauterizer of the pulp chamber. Hypertensive. Stomachic, carminative. Uterine, nerve and sexual tonic.

Precautions

Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, and children under the age of 6. Dermocaustic (potential skin irritant if not diluted); never to be used undiluted on the skin or around mucous membranes. Avoid combining with anticoagulant medications.

Anecdote

The clove was introduced in France around 1225. In The Middle Ages, it was quite popular but extremely expensive. Nobody knew where this spice came from. And if someone knew, they were very careful not to reveal their secret, as it was key to their wealth. In the Moluques Islands, located in East Indonesia, a clove tree is planted at each birth. The resilience of the tree is a good omen for the child. Wearing a necklace made of cloves would chase away evil spells. The clove is believed to bring energy and courage.