Cloves are one of the scents that are always associated with the Christmas season, although they have been around a lot longer.
In the third century BC a Chinese emperor used to demand visitors chewed a clove to freshen their breath, or they were not permitted to see him. Sinbad the Sailor from the Arabian Nights sold cloves and they were freely traded during the Middle Ages.
The brown spikes we’re used to seeing are the unopened flower buds from the clove tree, which is native to Indonesia. Although it’s used in mulled wines and cooking, infused clove oil can help to ease toothache, joint pain and also help you sleep.
Cloves are also a natural remedy for tackling coughs and colds because they clear up congestion.. If you have a cold coming on, try breathing in cloves in hot water, or make a tea with clove and cinnamon sticks.
How to make a clove oil:
Toast a couple of tablespoons of cloves in a dry pan, which will make it easier for the oils to come out. Take them off the heat and grind them up, into a piece of muslin and tie it into a little bag. Add your clove bag to a jar of olive oil (about 200ml) and keep it somewhere dark for about two weeks, shaking two or three times during this time. Strain, label and keep out of direct light.
How to use you clove oil:
• Toothache? Dab some on a ball of cotton wool, and then pop onto your gums or tooth. It will also treat any infection too.
• Dab onto spots tp help clear them up
• Warm some and rub onto your temples for insomnia
• Rub onto joints to ease aches and pains