Have an annoying cold? Try some clove – a key ingredient found in a hot bowl of pho on a cold winter’s day.
What are cloves?
Cloves are the dried flower buds of myrtle trees. Among spices, they have the highest concentration of aromatic molecules, primary the chemical compound eugenol (over 81%), which gives clove its characteristic spicy sweetness, antimicrobial properties, and antioxidants.
How can cloves cure a cold?
Cloves are rich in vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, and because of their nutrition, they have the ability to cure sickness.
“Cloves work as an expectorant, loosening mucus in the throat and esophagus so you can cough up bacteria,” explains Dr. Hoang Nguyen, a Toronto-based family physician.
Cloves have also been used as a natural remedy to help kill intestinal parasites, and act as an antimicrobial agent against fungi and bacteria.
Headaches are also associated with colds and flu. The soothing effects of clove oil on the mind and the body is just as effective at curing headaches (Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry). In addition, the spice also works as an antiseptic – in other words, it helps to make your breath smell good.
Cloves in Pho
The key to any good pho is a fragrant and delicious stock made from cloves and a combination of other spices such as star anise seeds, Saigon cinnamon, ginger, among others.
At Pho Vistro, we steep ample amounts of cloves in our pho broth, to give each bowl of pho a strong aromatic flavor and smell.
If you want to fight your cold with cloves, or simply crave the smell of pho, come visit us…or…we’ll bring the pho to you. Just click here for delivery (if you are within our delivery zone):