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What is Clove?

Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen native to Indonesia. Cloves are used as a spice in cuisines all over the world and are harvested primarily in Indonesia, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; they are also grown in India and Vietnam.

Cloves can be used in cooking either whole or in a ground form, but as they are extremely strong, they are used sparingly. Cloves have historically been used in Indian cuisine; in the US, it is often sold under the name of "chai" or "chai tea", as a way of differentiating it from other types of teas sold in the US. Due to the Indonesian influence, the use of cloves is widespread in the Netherlands. Cloves are used in cheeses, often in combination with cumin.

Clove is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C. As a result, Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine and western herbalism and dentistry, where the essential oil is used as painkiller for dental emergencies.

Clove's Benefits for Skin

Due to their antiseptic properties, Cloves are often used in skin care products for acne-prone skin. Clove oil has a stimulating effect on the mind and removes mental exhaustion and fatigue. It also induces sleep and is helpful to insomnia patients and is considered useful for treating loss of memory, depression and anxiety.

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