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How to Use Cloves in Your Kitchen and Around Your Home

What are the health benefits of cooking and using cloves?

When you think of cloves, you might automatically reminisce about the holidays. The comforting scent of cloves and apples remind us of security, warmth, and joy.  The scent of cloves is appealing to most because of this and our mood is instantly uplifted when we smell them. Indeed, cloves might be small, but they are powerful when it comes to scent and taste. But did you know they are also extremely nutritious for you as well?

For centuries, clove oil has been used for health and well being as it is an anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and also acts as an analgesic. Cloves are also a great source of antioxidants, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamins!

Did you know that you can help to treat a toothache with clove oil? You can use it to temporarily relieve the pain associated with dental work. Simply place some clove oil on a clean cotton ball and put it on your teeth and gums. Since it’s an antibacterial, it will also help if you have an infection.

You can also relieve a respiratory infection by making a tea using clove oil.  It acts as an expectorant which will better enable you to cough up phlegm. And it will help you to get rid of a sore throat, too!

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Clove oil is ideal to rub into sore muscles as it helps arthritis and rheumatism. If you have minor scrapes, bumps, or bruises, it can help heal these too. However, it is important to note that clove oil might sting, so if you are applying it to these areas, try mixing it with a bit of a carrier oil first, such as olive oil.

If you have digestion issues, cloves will relax the lining of your GI tract. This will help with vomiting, diarrhea, gas, and stomach aches!

So, what are you waiting for? In addition to smelling great, cloves are a natural way to heal your body, too!



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