Post by Ismail AbdulAzeez on Feb 26, 2019 18:05:28 GMT 1
Cloves are a traditional spice grown in Nigeria. They are dried flower buds with a distinctive sweet smell and a strong pungent (bitter) taste. They can be purchased as whole buds or ground/powdered form.
They are more commonly used in traditional medicine and are now increasingly added to traditional soups and stews for their aromatic properties.
Cloves must be dried before they are stored and sold for market especially for export. Cloves are used in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. They are also used to produce clove oil, the main constituent of which is eugenol.
Eugenol is used, among other things, to make perfume soaps, as a dental anaesthetic and as an additive in dental filling material.
Global Market for Cloves
Europe is completely dependent on developing countries for its supply of cloves but your cloves will have to comply with European legislation to be acceptable in Europe. This compliance is a must. You should therefore only consider exporting to Europe when you can meet all the relevant requirements.
Top importing countries of cloves that you may target for yout export market include Germany, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain and Italy.
The product export market is not competitive as there are very few exporters of cloves, so you can maximize the opportunity to earn good income.
Uses of Cloves
1. Circulation of blood
Cloves impact the metabolism of the body; they reduce high body temperature and boost the circulation of blood.
Its active ingredient Eugenol is a powerful alternative to painkiller medications; it is more effective than painkillers and it can act without leaving negative impact on the body.
It is used as a natural remedy for headaches due to these factors and it is even effective against tension headaches and migraines.
3. Treat respiratory conditions
All parts of clove plant and its oil are effective for all types of respiratory problems; they have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. They prevent and treat common cold, viral infections, stuffy nose, asthma, sore throat, tuberculosis, sinuses and bronchitis. They also have chemo protective compounds that prevent and guards against lung cancer.
4. They prevent mutation
Cloves are rich in powerful compounds that prevent oxidative damage and mutations in the body which can lead to cancer, DNA damage and other health complications.
Their strong anti-mutagenic properties prevent damage to the DNA; they prevent changes in the genetic makeup of an individual, and guide the integrity of the DNA and genetic molecules.
This also keeps the whole body healthy and prevents diseases.
5. Healthy bones
Regular intake of cloves keeps the bone healthy and prevents bone problems; their rich content of minerals like calcium, magnesium and phosphorous prevents de-mineralization, osteoporosis and bone weakness.
6. Prevent morning sickness
Cloves are effective against morning sickness and nausea and vomiting; their aromatic and soothing properties relieve these conditions and they are safe for pregnant women.
7. Treat stomach ulcers
The phytochemicals in cloves that helps in treating painful stomach ulcers.