7 Best Benefits of Clove Tea

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Drinking clove tea is an invigorating and delicious way to boost your nutrient intake and naturally treat certain health conditions.

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 are used in many medical traditions. [1]

Clove Tea Benefits

The primary benefits of clove tea may include its ability to possibly improve digestion, relieve constipation, lower fevers, clear up skin infections, and speed weight loss efforts among others.

May Help with Sinus Infections

Studies have found that this tea and its active ingredients may help to relieve inflammation in the sinuses, while also addressing the underlying infection causing the symptoms. [2]

Oranges and cloves on a black counter with autumn leaves next to a clove tea cup

Clove tea is high in antioxidants. Photo Credit: Shutterstock


When you drink this tea, it may increase the production of both saliva and gastric juices, both of which are necessary for efficient digestion. This may speed peristaltic motion and might lower your risk of experiencing constipation or inflammation in the gut. [3]


The possible 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. [4]

May Reduce Intestinal Parasites

This tea may have 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. [5]


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 might be effective with both oral or topical applications of this tea. [6]

Weight Loss

Any tea that can stimulate the metabolism and deliver key nutrients can aid in weight loss, and clove tea is no exception.

Skin Health

With the possible powerful antioxidants in this tea, oxidative stress can be slowed down, along with the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes. [7]

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!

Oranges and cloves on a black counter with autumn leaves next to a clove tea cup

Clove Tea Recipe

This spicy herbal tea is perfect for winter months! 
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Course: Tea
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Clove Tea, Orange and Clove Tea
Appliance: Tea Strainer
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Steeping Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Raksha Hegde


  • 3 cups water filtered
  • 1/2 tbsp cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick optional
  • 1/2 inch ginger optional
  • honey optional
  • orange slices optional


  • Bring the water to boil and remove from heat. 
  • Crush 1/2 tablespoon of dried cloves with the mortar pestle, but do not pulverize them into powder. You can also grind cloves and keep it stored in an airtight spice jar. 
  • Add the clove powder to the water. If you are using orange slices, ginger, and cinnamon, you can add it now. Allow the mixture to steep for 20-30 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture and warm it. Enjoy this spicy, herbal tea! You can also add honey to sweeten it. 
    Oranges and cloves on a black counter with autumn leaves next to a clove tea cup

Clove Tea Side Effects

There are some side effects of drinking clove tea, particularly in excessive quantities, such as

  • Possible Pregnancy complications
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • 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.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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