The clove is an aromatic dried flower bud from a tropical evergreen of the same name. Originating from Indonesia’s Spice Islands (aka, Maluku Islands), cloves have a long history as a highly-valued commodity, being worth their weight in gold in 17th – 18th century Europe. Across cultures and history, clove has been prized for its multiple uses and effectiveness in oral healthcare.
We’ve all experienced the itching, irritation, and inflammation of dry skin. It’s a common condition due partly to environmental factors that can be hard to control like cold or dry weather, indoor heating and low humidity, or desert climates. But there are many contributing factors we can influence to keep our skin in its natural supple, elastic state.
Both plants and humans have an elaborate, photoprotective biochemical process to deal with oxidative stress and pathogens (from UV exposure and/or environmental toxins) that utilizes antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and co-enzymes to protect and repair free radical damage throughout the body. Under normal conditions, this natural antioxidant system is very effective. In times of increased exposure (summertime or vacation), polyphenols can help boost the body’s ability to protect and repair the damage, topically and internally.
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