Indonesia is most closely associated with the production of cloves. Clove trade originated in an island chain once known as the Spice Islands (now part of Indonesia). Cloves are a spice made from the flower buds of an evergreen tree called, surprise, the clove tree. Clove flower buds are harvested in their immature state and then dried. The name comes from the French word clou, which means nail since the shape of a dried clove resembles that of a nail.
Cloves can be used whole or ground and they have a very strong, pungent flavor and aroma. A lot of people are familiar with the fact that cloves are used for cooking. Many can imagine the warm sweet smell of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg in the air during autumn and even winter seasons. The flavor comes from the compound eugenol. On the tongue, you'll detect sweetness, bitterness, and drying of the mouth, with a noticeable amount of heat. Similar warm spices include nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. These are often combined in a pumpkin pie blend.
Did you know that these interestingly shaped buds are enriched with ample healing properties. Cloves have long been used in home remedies.The essential oil derived from clove trees are used for many different purposes. Common uses are for:
- Aromatherapy for stress relief
- Pain relief
- Reduce inflammation
- It is an antimicrobial so it helps kills bacteria
- Aids digestion
- Helps respiratory conditions.
Clove powder has amazing skin benefits! Clove powder is an effective way to clear up and prevent acne along with reducing redness, pain, blemishes and marks. It helps in drawing out impurities from the pores, which prevents future breakouts.
Clove is filled with antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It prevents bacterial growth on the skin, which in turn helps create healthier looking skin. Who doesn't want that? It is so comforting to know that we can have great looking skin by using natural products that are easy to get our hands on!
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