Cloves are anti- fungal and anti-bacterial, so they have a natural action against infection. Cloves are indicated for use in toothache. Cloves are also indicated for use with coughs and throat infections, being best used in this instance as a tea made from cloves. As an expectorant cloves have also been used successfully in Asthma, again drunk as a tea. A clove tea can also be used to settle the digestion, and is indicated for use in indigestion, flatulence, nausea and hyperacidity. Cloves are a stimulant so will increase blood circulation, increase metabolism and generally warm the person. Cloves are also used for decreasing inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis and other joint and muscle pain.
Because of Cloves anti-bacterial properties it can be used to treat cuts and bites in the form of a poultice.
TYPICAL PREPARATIONS AND DOSAGE
To make Clove tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water on 1 teaspoon of clove powder and let it steep for ten minutes. Add honey if desired.
To make a poultice. Mix clove powder in water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the cut and cover the cut with a warm towel. Leave on for 5 minutes.
To treat tooth ache: Mix clove powder in with a little coconut butter and rub over gum area.