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Clove is a spice found in our products. Its spicy flavour has a powerful fragrance that matches ideally with many plants.
Clove, a spice found in many compositions for its typical flavour and medicinal properties
ORIGINS OF CLOVE
The Clove originates from the Moluccas, a province of Indonesia formed by the islands of the southern half of the Moluccan archipelago. It was known very early in China, it is mentioned in ancient books by stipulating that courtiers must have some in their mouths when they addressed the emperor, in order not to disturb him with their breath! From the 2nd century A.D. onwards, fragrant buds reached Alexandria by caravan. It took them a while longer to conquer Europe, where they made the merchants' fortunes.
The clove was introduced in France around 1225. It was quite popular in the country but very expensive. The origin of this spice, which was deliberately kept secret by the colonizers of the Moluccas region, was unknown and was therefore avoided as a precaution.
The Portuguese controlled the Moluccas until the Dutch drove them out in 1605. The latter secured a monopoly on the cloves trade by pulling out all trees growing elsewhere than on a well-guarded island, and by punishing with death anyone who dared to steal a clove plant. However, in 1770, the French succeeded in introducing cloves on the islands of France and Bourbon (now Mauritius and Reunion Island), from where they were introduced in Zanzibar and Madagascar.
St Hildegard, in the Middle Ages, touted its benefits against headaches, deafness and oedema. Later, it was found to be effective in relieving pain, healing wounds, strengthening the stomach and heart and, above all, protecting against the plague.
The Clove then entered various pharmaceutical formulas then strongly in favor: Paracelsus' "specific anodyn", Syndenham's "laudanum", Garus' elixir".
Today, the clove is a spice widely used in France. If it is still used for its medicinal virtues, it is mainly found in the culinary arts, its characteristic taste perfuming ideally all types of dishes.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLOVE
Name: Syzygium aromaticum
The Clove originates from the Clove Tree, a tree that grows in the Moluccan region. It is cultivated in many tropical countries, particularly in Zanzibar, Madagascar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. It has opposite, lanceolate and shiny leaves. It has a multitude of fragrant flowers, with purple chalice and pink corolla, with numerous stamens, giving elongated and dark purple berries.
The famous Clove is actually the floral bud of the clove tree. The leaves and buds of the spice give off an intense fragrance. They contain tannins, flavonoids and an aromatic essence containing mainly eugenol, eugenyl acetate and beta-caryophyllene. The clove has a spicy, very distinctive and original flavour. Its slightly bitter taste is strongly aromatic. It leaves a feeling of numbness in the mouth.
USES OF CLOVE
Like many spices, the Clove has multiple virtues that justify its use in therapeutic medicine and other fields.
The Clove is used in therapeutic medicine to treat teeth. This spice is often used in mouthwashes and toothpastes. It is also used in care and medication to fight against any form of stomach pain or gastric problem. It is also often used in muscle aches and pains.
In cooking, this spice is widely used in oriental spice blends. It is one of the essential ingredients of the famous Indian "garam massala" in powder form. It is also often used in the West to flavour sauces, broths, meats and stews. Simply simmer your dish with one or two whole Cloves and its flavours will soak into the ingredients. It is also found ground in the preparation of gingerbread and other pastries (especially German ones). It is often the ally of Cinnamon in the culinary arts.
In Anglo-Saxon countries, it is common to stick a few Cloves in an Orange or Lemon to perfume a room or a closet. It is therefore often found in the composition of home fragrances and even anti-insect fragrances. Its strong smell would make unwanted visitors flee. All you have to do is stick about 50 Cloves in an orange and place it for long weeks in front of your house to keep insects and mosquitoes away. This process is called the "Amber Apple".
Similarly, some have been using the Clove for a very long time to perfume their laundry.
The quality of a Clove nail is measured by its thickness and purplish reddish-brown colour. They are supposed to break easily without the need to bend your fingers and let a little essential oil exude when you press them with your nails.
The Clove can be used in cosmetics, in the elaboration of creams and lotions for imperfection skins. It is also said to be the ally of rough and damaged hair. A homemade recipe consisting of mixing olive oil and a handful of Cloves would help to treat damaged hair. Simply apply this mixture as a mask to hair for 25 to 30 minutes before washing to enjoy its effects.
While Clove essential oil is common in cosmetics, it is necessary to use it sparingly or to mix it with another oil to reduce its power.
BENEFITS OF CLOVE
The Clove contains eugenol, which gives the spice powerful antiseptic properties. It is used in Asia for viral diseases. It is considered useful in the prevention of infectious diseases.
It is also said to be spasmodic, due to its eugenyl acetate content. It is therefore beneficial in dyspepsia and can soothe cough. Clove is also known to stimulate the stomach and fight against fermentation and bloating. It stimulates the appetite and allows the faster activation of the digestive glands at all levels.
It is even found to have stimulating properties in asthenia with memory loss.
This spice is supposed to have an analgesic power of dental pain. It was Ambroise Paré who began to boast about its benefits in this field in the 16th century. Clove is still used in dental therapy today as a local anesthetic and disinfectant. It is also found in mouthwashes and toothpaste composition. It is also said to be effective in case of headaches.
You will find the Clove in our Pagès products. The organic infusion "Softness of life" with Basil, Liquorice, Orange and spices (Ginger root, Clove, Black Pepper, etc.) is an original and comforting drink. Its slightly spicy and sweet taste is a real pleasure to taste.