A – Z of Herbal Remedies

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Cloves and Cinnamon

Other Names: Cloves, Laung, Ding Xiang, Fragrant spice, Syzgium Aromaticum, Eugenia Carophyllata
Traditional Usages:  Cosmetics, perfumery, flavouring, Flatulence, Asthenia, Diarrhea, Dyspepsia, Measles, Worms, Hypothermia, Asthma, Bronchitis, Pleurisy, Bad Breath, Cholera, Toothache, Coughs, Insomnia, Premature Ejaculation, Nausea, Stops Vomitting,
Resources: India, Zanzibar, Pema Island, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Molucca Islands in the Philippines
Parts Used: Dried flower Bud, Essential Oil
Administration Methods: Powdered, ground or whole cloves to obtain the essential oils, preparations for topical use.
Herb Action:  Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral, Topical anesthetic in dentistry, Antispasmodic, antioxidant.
Herbal Research: Cloves
Health Warning: Avoid during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. In concentrated form, oil of cloves may be irritating to mucosal tissues.  

Cloves and Cinnamon - Natural remedy for Allergies: Both have anti-inflammatory properties and can be very useful for a stuffy nose and inflamed membranes associated with allergies. Boil 10 cloves with a one-inch piece of cinnamon in five cups of water for 10 minutes. Let it cool down and drink as often as possible.

Cloves and Cinnamon - Natural remedy for Colds: Boil 10 cloves with one-inch piece of cinnamon stick in one pint of water. Strain, add one teaspoon of honey and drink three times a day.

Cloves and Cinnamon - Natural remedy for Laryngitis: Boil twelve cloves and a one-inch cinnamon stick in a cupful of water, strain, add one teaspoon of honey and drink three times daily.

Cloves and Cinnamon - Natural remedy for Vomiting: Eight cloves infused in one cup of boiling water for five minutes can do the trick. If you prefer, you can use a piece of cinnamon stick (one-inch) instead. 

Cloves and Cinnamon - Natural remedy for Wounds: Mix a teaspoon of clove or cinnamon essential oils with one spoonful of coconut or castor oil and apply to the wound.

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