Underutilized in the West, cloves have been used in Southeast Asia for thousands of years, and their powerful antiviral and antiseptic qualities are still regarded as a panacea for countless ills, including malaria, cholera, tuberculosis, and parasites such as scabies.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has used cloves to treat indigestion, diarrhea, hernia, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and other fungal infections. In Ayurvedic Medicine, the herb is used to cure respiratory and digestive problems. St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098 to 1179), a medieval German abbess, composer, and herbalist, recommended cloves as a remedy for gout.
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