Eugenia caryophyllata. N.O. Myrtaceae.
Synonym ► Clavos.
Habitat ► Indigenous to the Molucca Island, cultivated in Zanzibar, Madagascar, Java, Penang.
Features ► Flower buds brown ; nail-shaped, calyx tube encloses ovary containing tiny ovules; four calyx teeth surrounded by unopened corolla consisting of four petals.
Part used ► Flower buds.
Action ► Stimulant, aromatic, carminative.
Combined with more specific remedies in flatulence and other affections of the alimentary tract. Is an excellent carminative to reduce griping action of purgatives. Dose, 1 to 2 tablespoonfuls of the infusion.
Coffin holds that Cloves are the most powerful of all the carminatives.