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Clove Buds (organic)

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Botanical Name: Syzygium aromaticum

Plant Family: Myrtaceae

Botanical Description:
Clove buds are the aromatic flower buds of the clove tree, scientifically known as Syzygium aromaticum, belonging to the Myrtaceae family. The clove tree is an evergreen tree native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, but it is also cultivated in other tropical regions. The tree can reach a height of up to 8-12 meters and features smooth gray bark and glossy green leaves. The flower buds are harvested before they open and turn pink, retaining their reddish-brown color. Clove buds are small and nail-shaped, measuring about 1 to 1.5 centimeters in length, with a tapered stem and a rounded head. They have a strong, aromatic fragrance and a warm, pungent taste.

Introduction:
Clove buds have a rich history of use in various cultures around the world, dating back thousands of years. They have been highly valued for their culinary, medicinal, and aromatic properties. In traditional herbal medicine, clove buds are revered for their potential antimicrobial, analgesic, and digestive properties. They are still used commonly today in preparations in dental products such as mouthwash, in preparations to support digestive health, and to add flavor and aroma to culinary dishes. Clove essential oil, derived from the buds, is also popularly used in aromatherapy.

Preparations:
Clove Oil: Clove essential oil is extracted from the flower buds through steam distillation. It can be diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil, and applied topically to the skin.
Clove Tea: Clove tea can be prepared by steeping whole or ground clove buds in hot water for 10-15 minutes. The tea can be sweetened with honey or flavoured with lemon to enhance its taste.
Clove Mouthwash: Clove-infused water diluted in water can be used as a natural mouthwash. It can be swished around in the mouth for a few minutes before spitting out.

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