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Natural Benefits: Cloves

These dried flower buds may be synonymous with fall, but they’re also a handy medicine cabinet staple.

What It Has

Eugenol: A compound that eases everyday aches and pains. The aroma of cloves has long been used as a mood booster, which can help you stress-free on busy days.

Expert Take

A 2014 research study found that an herbal mouth rinse made of tea tree oil, cloves, and basil was as effective against plaque and gingivitis as a commercially available mouth rinse. The researchers also found that the mouth rinse that contained clove decreased the number of harmful bacteria.

Natural Benefits of Cloves

Soothe Bloating & Tummy Trouble

For a digestive tonic, put 6 cloves and 1 Tbsp fennel seeds in a large saucepan and add 3 cups of water. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; strain. Drink ½ cup after each meal.

Treat A Toothache

To temporary thumb pain, chew on one clove with the sore tooth. Or dab clove oil on a cotton swab and apply to the affected tooth; after 20 minutes, rinse with warm salt water. Just to be sure to see your dentist if the pain persists – cloves are not a long-term solution for toothaches.

Lighten Your Mood

Mix up a happy-making air freshener: Blend 4 cloves and ½ stick cinnamon in a spice grinder. Add ¼ tsp ground ginger and mix. (Double the ingredients for a stronger scent.) Store the mixture in an airtight glass jar and open it to refresh your space as needed; keep up to a month. “The sweetness can help lift your spirits when your feeling down or low on energy,” says Diane Finlayson, director of Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Prevention Magazine – Healing Kitchen, The natural benefits of everyday foods

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