the dried, unopened flower buds of
aromaticum. They are the best and one of the cheapest of
foods sources of antioxidants. Lipid
peroxidation is the process in which free radicals take electrons from
the lipids in cell membranes. The end result of this process is
cellular damage. The fact that cloves help to inhibit this destructive
cycle is one thing that helped drive them to first place.
The Total Antioxidant Content of Cloves is 314,416. This is the
highest antioxidant content of any food listed in the below referenced
report by the USDA.
Clove oil has a natural numbing quality and is often used for
toothaches. In studies, clove oil reduced pain more than a
placebo and about the same amount as typical numbing gels.
Clove oil is a natural mosquito repellant, giving protection from
mosquitos for 4-5 hours.
The compound Eugenol found in cloves has been found to be a potent
platelet inhibitor (inhibits blood clots, is a blood thinner).
Clove oil stimulates circulation and blood flow to the skin.
Cloves are used frequently in Mediterranean and Indian cooking.
It is a substance Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA.