Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Hebrew name:

איגנית הציפורן

Scientific name:

Eugenia caryophyllata



Arabic name:

10-12 m
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Growing areas:
Asia, Africa, South America and the West Indies. It is the main yield Source in Zanzibar.
An evergreen tree, common in  the tropical countries. It has relatively short trunk as a compare to its branches landscape. The tree bark is smooth and its color is gray, the leaves color is red-brown and over time, it becomes yellow; the flowers are umbel like; and the fruit is a berry similar olive. The common herbal use is of the flowers buds.
In the folk medicine it is accepted as a medicine to relieve intestinal gas, stimulate blood circulation, and relieve cramps, toothaches, nerve pain, and rheumatism and muscle spasms.
For toothaches and for dispelling mouth smells (Halitosis).
 Boil 20 cloves buds in half a liter of water about 10 minutes. At the end of boiling, after closing the stove, brew in the decoction, a handful of fresh myrtle leaves, set aside for 5 minutes. Drain. Fill your mouth with liquid, wait for 1-2 minutes, gargle and spit out. Repeat the treatment four times. 
Another way is to boil a handful of walnut fruit peels with 10 clove buds, for 10 minutes, filter, and gargle the liquid just as in the previous recipe. 
Simple way to neutralize the activity of bacteria and to dispel bad odors from the mouth is to chew or hold one clove in your mouth. 
The clove is first mentioned in the Far East literature in the third century BC, as a spice common in China. 
in our Talmudic sources cloves appears as the most important ingredients of incense "incense how? Balm and clove and the frankincense weighs seventy dose "(Babylonian Talmud, kritot, 6,71). Already From ancient times the Jews use cloves Incense in the Havdalah on Saturday night (ceremony at termination of Sabbath or festival).