Thursday, 1 December 2011

Cloves

Cloves
(Eugenia aromatica, Eugenia caryophyllata)

Gender: Masculine
Planet: Jupiter, Uranus
Element: Fire

Magical Properties: dispel negativity, protection, money, anti gossip, visions, cleansing, exorcism, love, clairvoyance, divination, memory, peace of mind, psychic development, spell breaking.

The name clove, as well as Spanish clavo, Catalan clau, Portuguese cravinho and Tagalog clovas, ultimately derives from Latin clavus (because of shape resemblance).  The word made its way into English via Old French clou.  The word clove is related to the verb cleave (which is what you can do with a nail) and therefore also to clove as in a clove of garlic.


Cloves have a mild antiseptic quality and can be used to ease toothache in the form of clove oil, or in tea as an expectorant for colds, also to ease nausea or vomiting.  Cloves will promote sweating with fevers, colds and flu.  They are also used in some whooping cough remedies. Cloves are antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic so they will help prevent disease and infection.   They are safe for pregnant women to take.  Use clove oil in a mouthwash too.  Cloves also ease digestive ailments.

Clove tea is also good for relaxing and calming the nerves.

Chewing on a clove after you have had spicy or garlicky food not only helps with digestion but assists in sweetening the breath.

Wear cloves in an amulet to dispel negativity and hostility and also to stop gossip.   Carried they can stimulate the memory and can also be added to attraction spells. 

Clove oil can be worn as an aphrodisiac.

Place cloves in sachets with mint and rose to chase away the blues and to aid with sleep.

Also carry with you to bring comfort in bereavement and mourning.

Burn in incense blends to attract riches, drive away negativity, purify, bring about astral sight and produce spiritual vibrations.

Try putting a tablespoon of cloves into a pot of simmering water to fill your house with a beautiful aroma and fill it with magic.

Cloves are native to the Molucca islands in Indonesia.  Cloves were once very expensive, causing wars to be fought in Europe with native peoples to secure the rights to the clove business.

Natives in Molucca would plant a clove tree for every child that was born.  They believed the fate of the tree was echoed in the fate of each child.

And of course apple pie wouldn't be right without cloves in!

Tansy
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