Clove is one of the most common spices used in cooking, in many traditional medicine preparations, including ointments, as a topical treatment. Also, there are a number of benefits of cloves sexually.

Read on to learn how to revitalize your sex life with cloves!

Cloves are an essential part of any kitchen, but did you know that cloves have medicinal properties too? Cloves have been used for medicinal purposes for a long time, one of them being the benefits of cloves sexually.

That’s right, cloves have been used as a natural remedy for improving sexual health for a long time and this article will shed some light on the benefits of cloves sexually.

Did you know?
About 80% of the world’s population relies on herbal medicinal products for some part of primary health care [1].

 What is clove?

Clove, a natural aphrodisiac, is one of the most ancient and valuable spices and is widely recognized all over the world for its medicinal, culinary, and recreational properties.

It is the aromatic dried flower bud of an evergreen tree belonging to the Myrtaceae family and is indigenous to India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, etc. but in recent years has been farmed in different locations worldwide [2, 3].  

Cloves are generally available in both whole and ground forms.

Nutrients in Cloves

Cloves are enriched with good amounts of vitamins and minerals like:

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Folate
  • Choline etc.

100g of cloves give about 274 kcal energy. Below are the nutrition facts of ground cloves [4].

Nutrient Amount (per 100g)
Carbohydrate 65.5 g
Protein 5.97 g
Total fat 13 g
Dietary fiber 33.9 g
Vitamin E 8.82 mg
Vitamin K 142 mcg
Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol) 45 mcg
Vitamin A 8 mcg
Folate 25 mcg
Potassium 1020 mg
Sodium 277 mg
Calcium 632 mg
Magnesium 259 mg
Manganese 60 mg
Iron 11.8 mg
Choline 37.4 mg
Selenium 7.2 mcg
Zinc 2.32 mg

In addition to vitamins and minerals, it also has other beneficial compounds, mainly phenolic compounds like [3]

  • eugenol,
  • hidroxibenzoic acid,
  • hidroxiphenyl propens,
  • hidroxicinamic acid etc
  • flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol
  • Phenolic acids mainly- caffeic ferulic, ellagic, and salicylic acids

Now that we know what cloves are, let’s take a look at the benefits of cloves sexually.

Benefits of cloves sexually

Treatment of general sex health problems:

In Ayurvedic and Unani medicine, the benefits of cloves sexually are well known and thus cloves have been used to treat male sexual disorders for a long time [5].

Several animal studies documented the use of cloves for sex enhancement – especially the nervous stimulation and sexual behavior boosting effect of cloves [2, 3].

Cloves for premature ejaculation:

Premature ejaculation, also known as rapid ejaculation is a type of sexual dysfunction that occurs when a man ejaculates way sooner than he or his partner would like.

One of the important clove oil benefits here is that a few studies show that clove oil also inhibits premature ejaculation [3].

Applying a cream with clove oil might just do the trick

Promote sex hormone production

Animal studies on the effect of cloves on sex hormone profile concluded that subcutaneous administration of clove extract, in low doses enhances sexual function by increasing the amounts of testosterone and prolactin.

Cloves are a rich source of manganese, which acts centrally to help increase sex hormone production [6].

Increasing testosterone levels

It is a known fact that men with higher testosterone levels have greater sexual activity. In humans, cloves can enhance sexual behavior by increasing the level of testosterone [3].

Increases nervous stimulation

Simple nervous stimulation can go a long way in improving sexual response in both men and women. Cloves have sterols and phenols which can boost sexual response by nervous stimulation [2, 3].

Prevention of STDs caused by susceptible organisms

Bacteria, viruses, and pathogens are among the most important causes of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

Cloves have antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties and might help with preventing or managing STDs. However, there is limited evidence to prove this [7].

Increases sperm count and improves sperm motility

Treatment with a lower dose of clove can help improve the functioning physiology of epididymis, a part that plays an important role in the maturation of spermatozoa.

It’s also shown to improve the functional physiology of seminal vesicles, and overall fertility by increasing the sperm count and sperm motility [5].

Slow progression of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sex. It might occur due to a number of factors like oxidative stress when blood flow to the penis is limited if nerves are damaged etc.

Cloves can help slow the progression of erectile dysfunction by improving blood circulation and due to their antioxidant nature [3].

Cloves are rich in Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant, which can help prevent or slow the progression of Erectile dysfunction by limiting oxidative stress [3, 4]. So, this is one of the most important clove benefits for men.

Reduces chances of infertility

While there is no scientific evidence that cloves improve ovulation in women, thus reducing infertility, cloves might improve the quality of sperms, thus reducing the chances of infertility [5].

Liver related sexual dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction is quite frequent among patients with liver disease. The compound eugenol, found in cloves, in low doses is thought to help in liver disorders, thus limiting sexual dysfunction [3].

Did you know?
Cloves have one of the best aromatherapy scents which might contribute to creating a strong physical attraction between men and women.

Also Read: Top 16 Health Benefits of Vitamin E

Other Health Benefits of Cloves

In addition to cloves for sex, they have many other properties like anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-nociceptive, immunomodulatory, and anti-carcinogenic [8].

It is thus helpful in oral health, maintaining immunity, may prevent or manage obesity, cancer, diabetes, respiratory issues, help in digestion, maintaining skin and hair health, etc.

 Skin health can also be maintained with a regular skin care routine consisting of cleansing, moisturizing, sun protecting, and treating conditions like tan, spots, patches and acne. If you have dull and lifeless skin, turn to treatments like dermablading that can remove dead skin cells from your face and give you a youthful glow.

Precautions when using clove

Diabetics and patients with liver disorders might want to take precautions before deciding to use cloves regularly.

Pregnant and lactating women must also be cautious before taking cloves since there are no human trials on the effect of cloves on pregnant women.

It is also important that you check for possible allergens or even take an allergy test before starting cloves.

A few compounds in cloves might interact with drugs too. So, it is necessary that you check with a healthcare practitioner if you are taking any medications.

Side effects of cloves

Whole cloves have a lot of benefits, they can be toxic in higher concentrations.

Less is more in the case of cloves. While low amounts of clove/clove extracts are thought to be helpful sexually, high doses can have adverse effects on the male reproductive, aggravate liver disorders among other things [5].

Recommended dosage

The daily acceptable intake of cloves is 2.5 mg/ kg body weight according to the World Health Organization [8].

  • Clove oil: About one or two drops of clove oil must be sufficient.
  • Clove powder: Half teaspoon clove powder can be used once or twice per day as per your requirements.

How to use clove to achieve sexual benefits?

You can incorporate cloves in a number of ways in your diet like

  1. Clove Tea: You can add ½ teaspoon of clove powder to boiling water, simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, and have a delicious cup of soothing clove tea.
  2. Clove flavored rice: Just add 4 or 5 cloves in 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add clove water to 2 cups of soaked rice and cook well.
  3. Pumpkin pie: Add ground cloves to your pumpkin pie for that rich spicy flavor.
  4. Lattes: You can also add clove powder to make spicy lattes

 A few other things you can do to enhance your sexual life are:

Wrapping Up

Cloves are quite helpful for the sexual health of both men and women. It is an antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-nociceptive, immunomodulatory and anti-carcinogenic and helps improve libido, helps in nervous stimulation, improves sperm count, sperm motility and overall sexual health.

However, there is limited research on the dosage and effects of cloves on humans. So, it is best to consult a healthcare practitioner before you introduce cloves in your daily regimen.

What next?
Learn more about

  1. Vitamins for Women: Top 7 Best Vitamins and Minerals for Women’s Health
  2. Vitamins for Men: Top 7 Best Vitamins and Minerals for Men’s Health
  3. When should you take Ashwagandha, In the morning or at night?

FAQ

Q: How to make clove oil at home?

A: Sauté 1 tsp whole cloves in a pan over medium flame, transfer them into a mortar and pestle, add a tsp of olive oil and crush well. Collect the oil and store it in a dark glass bottle at room temperature.

Q: What are the benefits of drinking clove water?

A: Clove water has antimicrobial and anti-viral properties. It might help improve digestion, improve immunity, help remove mucus and detoxify the body.

Q: How do you use cloves sexually?

A: You can use cloves as clove tea, clove flavored rice, add clove powder to lattes etc.

References

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  3. Batiha, Gaber El-Saber et al. “Syzygium aromaticum L. (Myrtaceae): Traditional Uses, Bioactive Chemical Constituents, Pharmacological and Toxicological Activities.” Biomolecules vol. 10,2 (2020): 202.
  4. “Ground cloves” USDA
  5. Mishra, Raghav Kumar, and Shio Kumar Singh. “Reproductive effects of lipid soluble components of Syzygium aromaticum flower bud in male mice.” Journal of Ayurveda and integrative medicine vol. 4,2 (2013): 94-8.
  6. Lee, Boyeon et al. “Manganese acts centrally to activate reproductive hormone secretion and pubertal development in male rats.” Reproductive toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.) vol. 22,4 (2006): 580-5.
  7. Han, Xuesheng, and Tory L Parker. “Anti-inflammatory activity of clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) essential oil in human dermal fibroblasts.” Pharmaceutical biology vol. 55,1 (2017): 1619-1622.
  8. Cortés-Rojas, Diego Francisco, et al. “Clove (Syzygium aromaticum): a precious spice.” Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine vol. 4,2 (2014): 90-6.