Clove is scientifically referred to as Eugenia Caryophyllata and Syzygium Aromaticum.
It is not also known by other names except that of its botanical tag. It is basically
a bacteria killing herb.
Clove has long been associated with human existence. It dates back 207 BC. In fact,
Chinese historians trace back Clove as an essential herb that was used during the
Han dynasty. It was said that the emperor never talked to visitors unless they have
clove inside their mouth. It appears from the story that the emperor would not want
to people with foul smelling breath.
The same Chinese history sources claimed that clove eventually was sold to visitors
to keep the ruler from being annoyed and irritated by bad breath. It was formally
made available in the market in the 4th century AD, not just as a breath freshener
but also as an essential spice.
In the 17th century, expeditions were dispatched one after another in search of valuable
spices - which are cloves and peppers. Clove comes from the Moluccas and many other
Scientifically though, cloves come from a plant genus known as Myrtaceae (Myrtle
Although the Clove tree is considered big at that (growing by as much as 40 feet
high), it is interesting to take note that only the buds of the flower appear to
Clove tree, a broad leaved green plant, is shaped triangular. It grows only in tropical
countries where the weather is moderately wet and dry. It also has tiny flowers clad
in yellow. The tree grows by as much as 40 feet tall.
It emits aromatic fragrance, which seemed to bring relaxing effect. Its flowers are
processed to produce pure Eugenol, a phytochemical that instantly kills bacteria,
making clove strong bacteria repellant and ideal in containing nail fungus and other
The flower buds of the Clove trees are made into oil extracts for bacterial arrest.
It has properties that tend to kill germs including fungus, which makes the oil extracts
an effective cure to nail fungus.
Aside from healing nail fungus, Clove is also good treatment for bronchitis, diarrhea,
neuralgia, scabies, lice, toothache and ear irritation. It is also used as an insect
repellant. Culinary experts also make use of the Cloves in their food preparation.