Cloves Benefits and the Incessant Germ Battle

Cloves Benefits and the Incessant Germ Battle-

School has started almost everywhere. If not, tomorrow is a good day for the last of the schools to begin.  After all, Labor Day weekend is supposed to be the last official summer weekend.  If you mentally walk through a school with me, there are germs everywhere.  On the classroom door.  On the desk.  The drinking fountain.  On the pencils.  And let’s not even start on the cafeteria. Enough germs can make little ones sick.  Let’s explore cloves benefits and disrupt the secret life of germs!

Germs can bring on illness.  This can manifest in a variety of ways, including infection and disease. It can be a minor, localized infection or more widespread.  Germs can cause a cold or something more serious such as pneumonia.  They can result in hospitalization. Journey with me as we discover how cloves benefits can help.

If you looked at the picture on this post and thought it was carnations, you are not alone.  It turns out that carnations are the flower, but cloves are the unopened flower bud, as I understand it. So in short, they all come from the same plant! Before carnations were cultivated, they did indeed smell like cloves! Now they are largely unscented!

Cloves originated in what was once known as the Spice Islands for Indonesia.  The emperor’s attendants would freshen their breath with cloves by keeping them in their mouths, so it would be sweet when speaking to him.  I am sure this is a more natural idea than our mouthwashes today.

Cloves Benefits:

  • Ease toothache pain
  • Battle germs
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Promote digestion
  • Regulate diabetes
  • Alleviate muscle spasms
  • Sleep aid
  • Freshen breath
  • Calm morning sickness
  • Control respiratory disorders

My Final Thoughts…

It seems cloves appears in the fall.  Okay, its really there all the time, but its often used in pumpkin recipes.  And of course everything pumpkin spice appeared at the stroke of midnight on August 31! Other fall posts you may enjoy include  the benefits of pumpkin and apple.

I love that this herb is good for morning sickness.  I wish I had known that when I was pregnant. Apparently I was one of the lucky ones that suffered with it the entire 9 months.  Yep, pregnancy was not exactly fun for me. Just a bit of cloves might have made a big difference.

And then there’s the germs. I took microbiology in nursing school, but that didn’t make me a germ freak.  However, I do know that its germs that cause colds and disease.  What a fragrant herb to fight all that!  Yes, please! Don’t forget to disrupt that secret life of germs…

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Let’s Talk…

What have you used cloves for? Let me know in the comments!

This post was shared over at Nourishing Joy,  Strangers and Pilgrims, Epic Mommy Adventures,  Darling Down’s Diaries, Tumbleweed Contessa,  Urban Naturale,  God’s Growing Garden, Essential Homestead, The Modest Mom, Life of Faith,  Mom’s the Word,  Squishable BabyApril J. Harris,  Jann Olson, Saving 4 Six, Raising Homemakers, Katherine’s Corner, Classical Homemaking, and Floyd Family Homestead.


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  1. Deborah Davis says:

    I am delighted to learn that cloves are the unopened flower bud of carnations! Thank you for sharing the many benefits of cloves with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m Pinning and sharing!

  2. JES says:

    Wow, I never knew that above cloves! How interesting! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

  3. Jann Olson says:

    I love the smell of cloves and simmer them on the stove along with some fruit skins and cinnamon to give my home a wonderful smell. Also love them tucked into oranges! I had no idea about the carnation info. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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