The clove spice is an old, traditional scent that has a grounding and calming effect when smelled.
Something about the scent of citrus and cloves brings me back to my childhood for a walk down memory lane in the snow. Why? As a Christmas tradition every year in my house (and many others), we made pomanders – dozens of them to hang on the tree and around the house, filling the air with the sweet and tangy smell. Even the thought of it brings a smile to my face.
These citrus and spice scented balls are typically made of oranges and are adorned with clove spice and ribbons and used for holiday decoration. It’s an old Danish Christmas tradition that seems to have been lost over time – but not here at Magic Fairy Candles; we haven’t forgotten.
The History of Cloves
The clove spice is an old, traditional scent that has a grounding and calming effect. The history of this spice dates back several centuries, first recorded in 1721 B.C. by the Ancient Romans. During the 13th and 14th centuries, the clove spice became a highly prized commodity that was native only to the Malucca Islands in Indonesia.
Since then, cloves have been planted and harvested all over the world including Brazil, Zanzibar, and Tanzania. In fact, clove trees can thrive in any tropical or subtropical climate — that’s why cloves are a common spice all over the world. So if cloves are so plentiful and great, then why aren’t they used more often?
Some say it’s because cloves were once rationed (remember: this is before grocery stores) – along with cinnamon – and only brought out for special occasions.
Others believe it was because of our natural urge for bringing out the best to celebrate – a sort of decadence point of view – with the most expensive wine, the finest truffles, etc. Whatever the theory, we now know cloves can benefit our health as well provide sweet, personal memories of Christmas traditions past.
So What Are The Benefits of Cloves?
Believe it or not, the clove is the dried flower bud of a pine tree, and looks a lot like a nail when first harvested. The oils derived from cloves are supposed to be highly potent, and have been used for centuries to help prevent nausea, settle stomachs, aid in digestion and help treat malaria and cholera.
Clove is known to be antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral, and has been used as a form of liver protection due to the high amount of antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, aphrodisiac, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties it contains.
What’s more? Cloves also help treat acne, styes and other sores. It’s even been used as an anesthetic in dentistry – OUCH! Fortunately, these days we have options.
Come visit us at Magic Fairy Candles, where we offer the warm, reminiscent and relaxing scent of Christmas Clove. Check out Kim’s line of clove-based products and fill your house with the sweet, spicy scents of the silly season.
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