What is Clove Bud and how does it help with gout
Clove bud essential oil is derived from the small reddish-brown, unripe flower buds of the tropical evergreen tree known botanically as Syzygium aromaticum, and in older texts Eugenia caryophyllata.
Like all spices, clove has a long and rich history of use in both culinary and medicinal applications, having been put to use first by the ancient Chinese and later imported into Alexandria for use throughout Egypt and Europe. Clove bud was also used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine over 2,000 years ago.
A necklace of cloves was discovered in a tomb alongside a mummy in Egypt, and during the Han-Dynasty (220-206 BC) in China, court officials were required to hold whole cloves in their mouths to sweeten their breath whilst addressing the Emperor. Later in Europe, doctors breathed through clove-filled leather beaks believing it would ward off the plague, and
German herbalists also used clove in a treatment for gout.
The precise origin of the clove tree has not been established but it seems most likely to have originated in the tropical climate of Asia, perhaps in the southern Philippines or Moluccas which are sometimes referred to as the Spice Islands.
The clove tree belongs to the Myrtaceae family and is a handsome, pyramid-shaped evergreen tree which grows to a height of 6 to 12 metres (19ft to 39ft), depending upon the country it is grown in. The smooth grey branches spread out horizontally, with opposite ovate leaves which are a beautiful bright green. The entire plant is highly aromatic.
Clove bud essential oil is not commonly used in day-to-day aromatherapy, yet it excels when used in massage because its stimulating and analgesic action relieves muscular aches, stiff joints, sprains, arthritis and rheumatism
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