Clove Bud received its name from the French word "clou", which translates to nail, which was given due to a clove's physical appearance. Historians understand that Clove was one of the first spices to be traded, based on finding cloves in early ships that dated as far back as 1721 BC. Cloves are documented in Chinese history as early as 226 BC, where the Emperor decreed that anyone needing to speak to him chew on a clove beforehand to eradicate bad breath.
The Clove Tree's home is the Molucca Islands, a collection of islands that are now part of Indonesia. Some believe that one of the islands, named Amboina, is the most likely origin for the tree. During both the 16th and 17th centuries, Clove was one of the priciest spices, along with nutmeg. Clove can be found at the centre of expeditions and sometimes even battles. Explorer Ferdinand Magellan's ship landed in Spain in 1522 after being killed in the Philippines at the Battle of Mactan. The ship was loaded with nutmeg and cloves, and the Spaniards didn't waste any time and took full advantage of trading the Clove, which was worth more than its weight in gold.
By the 18th century, clove trees could be located throughout many other countries and islands, including Zanzibar, Madagascar, Brazil, Mauritius and Tanzania. For the first time, the spice could be enjoyed by all, for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It has been used in Asia as a cooking spice for over 2000 years and has deep roots in India, where it was used to heal cavities.
Benefits & Uses
- Great for eliminating fungal infections.
- Can alleviate muscle ache and joint pains.
- It can be used in cleaning to remove mould and deter insects.
- Diffusing the oil may help with memory retention, anxiety and overall mood.
- It can improve skin health and fight acne.
- It can be used to help relieve toothache related pain.
- Clove oil is packed full of antioxidants and has potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
- It can give a much-needed boost to the immune system.