Health Coach Corner – 4 New Uses of Cloves

Health Coach Corner by Maria Hicks

I read a lot of online health information and subscribe to several magazines, I love learning new and interesting tips – and I am pleased to share them with my readers!   This week, I want to share something very interesting I read in my Health magazine.  Its 4 surprising uses for cloves, when I think of cloves, I think of fall spices and cool weather.  Break out this winter spice to clear up colds, mold and skin problems.

Congestion:

A tea that contains cloves can help you clear a respiratory infection.  Cloves work as an expectorant, loosening mucus in the throat and esophagus so you can cough it up.  Try combining 2 cloves, a stick of cinnamon, and 2 crushed cardamom seeds in an infuser; place a large mug with a black tea bag.  Add boiling water and let steep for 1-2 minutes.

All-Natural Sachet:

To give your clothes an intoxicating aroma, toss a few whole cloves in the bottom of an old clean sock and tie with a ribbon.  The spicy scent covers up odors and keeps your stuff smelling fresh.  Swap out the cloves every 2-4 weeks so the scent stays sweet and spicy.

Breakout Buster:

The spice helps clear acne, thanks to eugenol, a natural antiseptic that balances the skin, stopping future breakouts.  Combine 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp honey and 3 drops fresh lemon juice in a small bowl.  Apply to your entire face and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

Eco-Cleaner:

Got mold?  Skip harsh chemicals.  Add a dash of clove oil (about ½ tsp) to 2 cups water and pour into a spray bottle.

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