Thank the Lord it’s Friday and it is a 3 day weekend!
I guess I should be thanking our Presidents for the day off…
Last night I went to an event called Cultures & Cocktails in Balboa Park, it was so much fun! It was a very sexy Persian theme. Stay tuned next week for my outfit recap. (I got this really flirty, fun dress! Excited to show it off!)
I am going to jump right on in to my favorite series on the blog. I have received so much positive feedback from you all on this series and I couldn’t be happier!
I love hearing from you all! If there is a specific spice, herb, or fruit that you would like to see highlighted please let me know! I love doing research on this stuff for you guys.
This week the hot topic is CLOVES.
Cloves are widely used in Asian, African and Middle-eastern cuisines in the cooking of curries, gravy items and marinades. This spice is so versatile that it is used as a type of cigarette, extracts for insect repellents, oils for cosmetics and can be used in the healing of many disorders.
They are a bud-type flower, which are dried and then used as cloves.
In addition to its culinary efforts, cloves are often used in Ayurvedic medicine due to its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
Health Benefits of Cloves:
Take a closer look at your toothpaste bottle. Nearly all toothpastes and or dental products contain traces of clove extract. It is great for your gums and halitosis.
Some studies suggest using clove powder in your nose to help overcome sinusitis.
Helps Keep Heart Healthy:
Eugenol is present in cloves which is used to prevent clots, stroke and heart disease.
Treats Nausea and Vomiting:
Due to their strong aromatics and soothing properties, cloves have been known to help alleviate an unsettled stomach.
It’s carminative properties (prevent gas formation and relieve flatulence), cloves play a key role in the digestion process. They help boost digestion by promoting the production of enzymes present in the digestive tract.
Coping with Acne:
The possibility of the spread of acne on the face may be removed by killing the bacteria with the help of the antimicrobial properties of clove oil.
Eliminates Stains and Streaks On the Skin:
Clove oil is one herb that is important to remove stains and streaks on the skin caused by injuries or other causes. These oils can help make the skin appear softer.
Good Source of Antioxidants:
Clove essential oil is rich in minerals, such as potassium, sodium, phosphorus, iron and vitamins A and C. It is rare herbs in the form of oil and has has good antioxidants for maintaining healthy skin and face.
Give your clothes an intoxicating aroma by tossing a few whole cloves in the bottom of an old clean sock and tie with a ribbon.The spicy scent covers up odors and keeps your stuff smelling fresh.
It works as a natural antiseptic, reducing existing outbreaks and prevent future ones in affected spots.
As a child I can remember my mom and grandmothers giving me cloves whenever I had a toothache or stomach ache. I never understood why, until now!
CLOVES REALLY DO WORK.
In addition to the amazing benefits listed above, Cloves are a great source to help thicken hair.
“Hair treatments created from cloves or clove oil, like those created from olive oil, are a mainstay of homeopathic medicine. Their purpose, in many cases, is to thicken hair or to prevent hair loss.”
Try making a hair mask with Eucalyptus and Clove oil.
“The blend is quite easy to make, with the primary ingredients, clove and eucalyptus increases the blood flow to the hair roots, nourishing the hair and encouraging it to grow faster and also aiding in reducing hair loss.
The third oil used is coconut oil, which acts as carrier oil but also has other properties. As a carrier oil, it dilutes the oil and allows it to cover more area.”
This mask is so easy to make and can be down weekly. Simply mix 2 teaspoons of eucalyptus oil, 2 teaspoons clove oil and 10 tablespoons coconut oil in a bottle or container. Massage the oils into your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes or you can leave it overnight. Do this routine 2-3 times a week for best result.
Again, if there are any specific, spices, herbs and or fruits that you would like to know more about, leave me a comment below!
Have a great holiday weekend loves! xx