Cloves are probably not the most common ingredient found on your spice rack. But you should think twice about putting them there. Recent research has shown that clove water is excellent for the skin, reducing inflammation, fighting bacteria, and more. One of the most significant benefits is that it helps strengthen your immune system.
Clove water is a powerful age-old remedy that anyone can make. Cloves are inexpensive ingredients, and preparing the drink is easy. The most common way to make clove water is to steep it like tea. But you can also grind cloves into a powder and dissolve them in the water as well. Moreover, besides its powerful drinkability, it can also be used as a topical application!
Clove Water boosts your immune system.
Studies have found that clove water contains ingredients that naturally boost the immune system. Clove water has potent antiviral compounds that work in two ways. First, they flush out bacteria that cause common colds and flu. Secondly, these compounds help increase white blood cells and protect your body from and fight infection. White blood cells are your body’s natural defense against sickness and disease.
Clove water acts as an antibacterial and antioxidant.
Clove water is naturally rich in various antioxidants and compounds that have been shown to have antibacterial properties. For example, cloves contain a compound called eugenol. This compound stops oxidative damage and free radicals. Recent research shows that it is significantly more potent than other antioxidants.
Clove water helps with pain relief.
Clove water has analgesic effects that alleviate everyday aches and pains. It is most commonly used to relieve headaches and migraines. However, the proven effectiveness of clove water also reduces pain caused by dental issues, sore muscles, arthritis, and even menstrual cramps. In addition, it is believed to block the transmission of pain signals to the brain, which helps reduce pain sensations at the application site.
If you turn cloves into a powder, they can work as a topical analgesic that can be applied to muscle aches, joint pain, and minor cuts and scratches.
Clove water has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties.
It has been found to contain two compounds called carvacrol and thymol, which both have potent anti-inflammatory effects. They help inflammation on all levels, from muscles and joints to organs like your liver and with diseases like diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and chronic illnesses such as arthritis and asthma.
In the long term, drinking clove water can benefit your heart health.
It has been found that cloves can reduce LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides, both of which are markers of cardiovascular diseases. Cloves have also been known to improve circulation and lower blood pressure.
Great for skin.
If you want to use clove water as a topical application, take a cotton ball or a soft cloth and apply the clove water to your face. It is a natural facial cleanser that reduces acne, improves skin tone, moisturizes, and reduces wrinkles.
Extra Benefits of Clove Water
It can help ease digestive issues such as nausea and bloating. In addition, cloves help reduce the amount of gas in your digestive system and settle and reduce acidity in the stomach.
Other possible benefits of clove water include helping to lose weight and reduce stress and anxiety.
How to Prepare a Cup of Clove Water
Prepare a cup of hot, but not boiling, water. Measure out one teaspoon of cloves and add them to the hot water. Steep the cloves in the water for 5-10 minutes. Afterward, filter out the cloves with a strainer.
You can grind the cloves into a powder and mix them in the water too.
If you don’t like the taste of clove water, you can add honey, lemon, mint, cinnamon, and even garlic! Also, you can mix it into a smoothie, where the taste will be hidden and diluted.
Using it as a topical application for your skin and face is the same way. Separate some clove water cooled down first, then apply it to your skin, face, etc.
How to Make a lot of Clove Water
Get about a 1-liter bottle or jar. Add 15-25 cloves, about a tablespoon per cup, into the water. Cook water until it is hot, not boiling. When it is cooled, add to the jar and shake.
Now it is ready to drink and be used topically.
You can store clove water in the fridge for about two weeks.
Drink 2-3 cups of clove water daily.
Clove water has various health benefits that can help improve one’s overall health and well-being. Ultimately, the beverage’s health benefits will vary from person to person.
Clove water is considered safe and has no known side effects when drunk or applied topically. So, it is generally suitable for most age groups and conditions and may help provide relief without needing oral medications.
However, as with most natural remedies and aches, it should be discussed with a healthcare professional before using or trying it as a medical solution.