What is Clove Tea?
Clove tea is an herbal tea brewed from the dried and ground flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum tree. These dried cloves have a spicy, pungent flavor that makes them very popular as an ingredient in desserts and baked goods, as well as in savory meals. The cloves themselves are a rich source of eugenol, a powerful antioxidant, as well as other nutrients and vitamins, such as vitamin C, flavonoids, fiber, calcium and certain omega-3 fatty acids. These cloves have been brewed into a tea for centuries and is used in many medical traditions.
Clove Tea Benefits
Studies have found that this tea and its active ingredients can help to relieve inflammation in the sinuses, while also addressing the underlying infection causing the symptoms.
When you drink this tea, it can increase the production of both saliva and gastric juices, both of which are necessary for efficient digestion. This can speed peristaltic motion and lower your risk of experiencing constipation or inflammation in the gut.
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of this tea make it an ideal way to break fevers. For generations, it has been administered to kick the immune system into high gear and snap a fever.
This tea has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic abilities, so in those parts of the world where intestinal parasites are still a major problem, this tea remains very popular.
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic abilities of eugenol are well researched, and it has been tied to less discomfort and pain in the joints for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. This can be effective with both oral or topical applications of this tea.
How to Make Clove Tea
Making clove tea is quick and simple, as cloves are commonly found in most spice racks, and the health benefits are undeniable!
- Bring a pot of water to boil.
- Grind 1 tablespoon of dried cloves, but do not pulverize them into powder.
- Add the ground cloves to a teapot or diffuser and pour over the hot water.
- Allow the mixture to steep for 20-30 minutes.
- Strain the tea and add cinnamon or ginger for flavor; the tea is quite potent!
Clove Tea Side Effects
There are some side effects of drinking clove tea, particularly in excessive quantities, such as
- Pregnancy complications
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Muscle pain
- Signs of being ill, such as chills, fever, coughing
- Difficult breathing.
There are a good amount of people who are allergic to cloves, and while most side effects occur when you eat cloves directly, this tea can still be dangerous for those who have a sensitive system. Speak to your doctor before adding this tea to your health regimen.