Originally exclusive to only a few of the Maluku Islands, the dynamic clove plant is now successfully grown in Madagascar, Mauritius, Zanzibar, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. It was the lure of the clove and nutmeg that drew the Portuguese seafarers to the Spice Islands back in 1514. In those times, cloves were a halitosis (bad breath) cure, a general breath freshener and toothache soother, besides it being a food flavoring. Its medicinal properties and use in skin salves was yet to come. However, ancient explorer Magellan’s infamous 1519-1522 circumnavigation of the world was saved financially by the 50 tons of cloves and nutmeg that finally made it home despite the fact the only 18 of the 250 men who set off returned alive on one ship out of the five they started with.
Before long though, its aphrodisiac qualities made it popular along with its preservative properties. Eventually, cloves became recognized as a worthy pharmaceutical panacea. Today, apart from its use in skin salves, clove has surprising medicinal value as a local anesthetic due to the high incidence of eugenol, which has long been used in dentistry. Rich in manganese, 30% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) is available in just one teaspoon of ground cloves. High in anti-oxidants, provided the amounts are not exceeded, eugenol supplements have been known to retard cirrhosis of the liver.
Medicinal Properties of Clove in a Skin Salve
Mixed into SUPERSALVE’s carrier cream, clove oil is the unsung hero in Supersalve’s efficacy on the skin. Cloves have great efficacy with the stubborn Staphylococcus bacteria, which causes various skin-related irritations like acne, blisters, boils, impetigo, nasal sores, rashes, pimples, prickly heat rash, scarring, shingles, skin sores including Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, stretch marks and even warts.
Beauty Properties of Clove In A Skin Salve
Thanks to the eugenol strongly present in clove oil, when used in a skin salve, works to stimulate and rejuvenate the skin, reducing wrinkles, sagging skin, blemishes and signs of aging. In SUPERSALVE’s range, the Cell Care oil, Supersalve, tube, Supersalve Plus and the Sports Rub all contain clove oil.
Clove’s Other Classy Qualities
Used in all manner of cuisine applications, cloves are recommended for a variety of internal issues and has surprising anti-bacterial properties that are strong enough to ‘nuke’ human pathogens, including the bacteria that spread cholera. Its digestive performance is equally striking for reducing nausea – especially morning sickness in early pregnancy, dyspepsia, digestive disorders and it reduces flatulence.
The renowned TV personality and talented chef, Jaimie Oliver, recommend we throw a handful into a hot bubble bath. Might not be a bad idea to rub sore strained muscles with SUPERSALE’s Sports Rub and then get into a hot bath as an analgesic soother.
Most of all, as a key skin salve ingredient, we trust your opinion of this overlooked natural marvel has been elevated and that you’ll enjoy its benefits as you use SUPERSALVE’s phenomenal range of skin products.
Ingredients: Calendula, Camphor, Clove, Comfrey, Eucalyptus, Grapeseed Oil, Honey, Rosemary, St John’s Wort all nestled a Shea Butter base. Now with added African Potato and Organic Avocado Supersalve Herbal Sports Rub waits to help you feel better.
NB: All SUPERSALVE products are completely free from petrochemicals and parabens
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