Does life sometimes feel “too hard?” Too much to do, too much going on, too many changes. Clove helps to balance life, creating smooth transitions from “too much/too little” to “just right.”
Balancing your outlook and activities may require you to increase energy given to one area while decreasing the energy given to another. Although this sounds like a job for two different remedies, clove seems to be specially made for the task.
Clove is an all around feel-good balancing herb for the spirit, mind and body. Clove stimulates healthy energy in everything from love to self-knowledge. Healthy energy is what we need to feel great about ourselves, and when we feel good, it is easier to do what is best for ourselves. Clove helps perpetuate a healthy outlook and optimism!
It’s no wonder that people have used clove to draw good luck. Good luck is in the eye of the receiver, and if the receiver has a healthy attitude, then all luck is good. When you feel lucky, then it affects your entire life. Love is stronger, illness is easier, and life is less of a struggle.
We may not be able to pinpoint the chemical combination found in clove that elicits these powerful feelings of goodwill, but whatever it is, it works!
Clove powder (syzygium aromaticum) corresponds with the Virtues of Creativity, Empowerment, and Responsibility.
Description of Clove Powder
Looks like fine red earth.
Smells subtle at first, but grows intensely spicy and penetrating.
Tastes like comfort food.
Feels like a heart-to-heart conversation with Grandma over her best home-baked apple pie.
Clove Powder promotes the belief that it is your responsibility to live your life as spirit intended. Sometimes it hurts to change and grow, but clove’s energy also provides a protective anesthetic that allows you to move past the fear of pain so you can make courageous, empowered, healthy choices.
Sometimes we take on responsibilities that we shouldn’t. Clove helps you to see what you must do and helps you to discard activities better left to someone else. In short, clove powder will help you learn to value your time and create healthy time management habits.
The scent of clove calls you to action smoothly, not forcefully. Its fresh and friendly nature draws you in, makes you comfortable, and then raises your consciousness bit by bit until you find your true answers and solutions.
This gentle unfolding so natural to clove enhances creative vision. Slowly and surely, the true meaning of your work becomes obvious, whether you’re searching for your next painting subject or learning how best to deal with your child’s changing disposition.
Magical and Historical Info
Cloves’ magical history includes heightening the effects of love potions and spells.
Cloves also protect, stimulate intelligence, boost personal strength, energize your aura, and attract good fortune.
Cloves have also been used to determine whether an illness is spiritually, magically (as in ‘evil-eye’), or organically based.
Cloves relieve tension headaches, remedy and balance feelings of anxiety/depression and insomnia/lethargy, and work to improve your memory.
Cloves increase metabolism. If you eat some stewed fruit cooked with cloves for breakfast, your metabolism will increase dramatically by lunch (Nancy Longsdorf, MD, The Ageless Woman).
Give your kids some Clove Apples (see recipe below) for breakfast, and they will be alert in class, eat their school lunch, and burn off any unnecessary calories at recess! Clove is also good for jump-starting a healthy eating program to include breakfast, a large lunch, and small dinner.
Clove Powder relieves most stomach and bowel complaints such as nausea, indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea. Consider using clove as part of your liver detoxification program.
Cloves ease the pain of toothaches because they contain eugenol, an effective local anesthetic used in dentistry. Clove effectively treats mouth/throat inflammations and counteracts bad breath.
Clove oils are often used to treat athlete’s foot and other fungi-based skin rashes. Cloves and clove powder contain salicylic acid, which is used to treat acne and to smooth lines and wrinkles in facial products world wide.
Warning: Too much clove can induce uterine cramping or contractions. If you are pregnant, avoid large amounts of clove, but eating the amounts called for in recipes is fine.
Clove oils can irritate sensitive skin. If you want to make your own clove oils for topical application or massage, make sure to soak the clove in 100 parts base oil (like jojoba) to 1 part clove.
Nutrition Facts: Clove powder is a very good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, manganese, and vitamins C and K. Clove powder is also a good source of calcium and iron.
Recipes for Clove
- 1 whole sweet apple, cored and peeled
- 5 whole cloves
- 1/4 cup water
- Dice apple into small pieces.
- Place cloves, apples and water in a covered pot.
- Cook apples until they are soft.
- Discard the cloves, cool slightly, and enjoy.
Recipe from mapi.com
Clove Spiced Crystal Light® Lemonade
2 quarts prepared Crystal Light® Lemonade-Flavored Soft Drink Mix
1 tsp whole cloves
1. Heat Crystal Light® and cloves in large saucepan on medium heat. Bring to boil for 5 minutes.
2. Remove from heat; pour into heat-proof pitcher. Let stand 10 minutes; strain. Serve warm or chilled.
Slightly modified from kraftfoods.com