Botanical Name: Syzygium aromaticum
Family Name: Myrtaceae
Native to the Moluccas in Indonesia, Syzygium aromaticum is a highly aromatic tree that produces fragrant flower buds known as cloves. Cloves are widely cultivated throughout parts of Asia, Africa, and South America, and have been an integral herb in the spice trade for thousands of years. Clove is a small evergreen tree with smooth gray bark and large, bright green, aromatic and lanceolate-shaped leaves. The flowers grow in yellow to bright red clusters at the end of branches.The clove is the pink or reddish flower bud that turns dark brown when dried. The entire tree is highly aromatic and its Latin specific name aromaticum, refers to this intense aroma.
Various folk tales and myths surround clove as it was believed to be imbued with the magical powers of protection, love, and, burned as incense to attract financial abundance. Clove is indispensable in 'chai,' a spicy Indian tea and is also in garam masala, an Indian culinary spice as well as a variety of other spices. Cloves have been employed as a medicinal herb to support digestion, soothe nausea, to support lung health, and is thought to be a highly effective carminative. Cloves are highly aromatic, pungent, and energetically heating. Dried flower buds are powdered as a culinary spice or as part of a tea blend. Clove oil contains the active ingredient eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic and anti-inflammatory. It helps numb and reduce pain to ease a toothache when applied directly to the tooth with a cotton swab.
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