Cloves, which are the unopened buds of the Eugenia carrophyllata tree, have been cultivated and traditionally used for over 2,000 years. They have seen a wide range of folk use, including:
Helping to support oral health in Ayurveda**
Freshening the breath in ancient China**
Being one of the ingredients in the original Four Thieves Vinegar
What are Cloves?
Cradled by large, spear-shaped leaves, cloves are the unopened flower buds of the Eugenia carrophyllata tree. This 26-39 foot tall evergreen tree, which is a member of the Myrtle family, is native to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia, but is also harvested in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Madagascar. The dark, reddish-brown clove buds earn their name from their oblong shape; in Latin, “clavus” means “nail-shaped”.
Cloves, which are typically dried prior to use, have been cultivated for over 2,000 years! They have long been a popular culinary spice thanks to their rich, exotic flavor and aroma, and are a staple of European mulled wine and many dishes in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In traditional Ayurvedic wellness practices, cloves have been used to support oral health, while ancient Chinese emperors during the Han dynasty would require people to chew cloves to freshen their breath before speaking.**
Today, clove and its oil can be found in toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, and as flavoring agents. It has also seen a rise of use as an herbal supplement, which typically contains the ground buds in easy-to-swallow capsules.
Directions for Use
Always consult with your trusted health care provider prior to adding any supplement to your regimen. There is no set recommended daily allowance for cloves, however, clove supplements can usually be found containing 450 mg per serving, taken 1-3 times daily. Refer to individual labeling for specific directions for use.