Cloves: Warming The Body For Winter Healing
- November 10, 2022
- Posted by: Dr. Martha Lucas
- Category: Blog
It’s time to warm up for a lot of us who live in what can be colder climates during this season of the year.
Today we’re going to talk about the herb cloves.
•The main ingredient in cloves is an essential oil, which has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antispasmodic and anesthetic properties.
•In traditional Chinese medicine cloves have bitter and warm properties and are associated with the Spleen, Stomach, and Kidney meridians.
•Its functions are to dispel cold, warm the middle burner, push rebellious stomach qi downward, and warm kidney yang.
•Among the conditions treated by cloves when caused by Spleen Qi Deficiency are hiccoughs, poor appetite, nausea, diarrhea, weakness and paresthesia in the lower limbs, and impotence.
•Powdered cloves can be taken internally to treat diarrhea and nausea and to improve appetite.
•Clove oil is used as a mouthwash, in a dose of 1 to 5 percent diluted essential oil to 95-99 percent water.
•Cloves should not be used in cases of external heat or yin deficiency.
•Concentrated doses of clove oil may cause an irritation of the mucus membranes; in these instances, use of clove oil should be discontinued.
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