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Cloves: Holiday Helpers in the Cupboard

Cloves: Holiday Helpers in the Cupboard

Many of us will be cooking with sweet, spicy cloves this holiday season, but did you know that cloves have an ancient and respected history as healers and beauty-promoters, as well? During the ancient Han dynasty of China, for instance, cloves were called “tongue spice,” valued for their breath-freshening powers, and courtiers were required to hold them in their mouths when talking to the emperor.

Find out how you can use cloves to freshen your breath (we include a great mouthwash formula), heal indigestion, fight airborne germs, and alleviate stress and exhaustion–all very timely during the holidays.

To Fight Airborne Germs
Place 2 to 3 drops essential oil of cloves in a diffuser.

Mouthwash for Bad Breath
Place 1 drop essential oil of clove in a cup of water, stirring to mix well. Swish in mouth, spit out, then rinse with clear water.

Simple Breath Freshener
Hold a clove in your mouth, or chew it.

To Help Alleviate Exhaustion and Stress
Put 2 to 3 drops of essential clove oil in a diffuser. This will also help to strengthen mental function.

Read more: Health, Diet & Nutrition, Natural Remedies

Adapted from Aromatherapy for Everyone, by PJ Pierson and Mary Shipley (Vital Health Publishing, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Pierson and Shipley. Reprinted by permission fo Vital Health Publishing.
Adapted from Aromatherapy for Everyone, by PJ Pierson and Mary Shipley (Vital Health Publishing, 2004).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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2:58AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013


9:23PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Just love those herbs and spices, cannot be without fresh ones!

7:31PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Amazing what some herbs and spices can do (chemical free, too!). Thanks for the tips.

4:29AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Thank you

1:09AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Cloves are great!

4:28PM PST on Jan 15, 2011

Thank You Cait:) This is wonderful!

4:28AM PST on Jan 12, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:15AM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

Thanks for all the tips.

8:47PM PST on Mar 9, 2010

Thanks for the great tips, Cait.

7:07PM PST on Feb 5, 2010

very good tips, love all of them, thanks.

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