The most fragrant flower in the world
A large part of traditional Chinese medicine comes from overseas, such as Nanyang Pepper, Nutmeg, Turkish Hexiang, Indian Gardenia . In ancient times, the import and export of these medicinal materials directly stimulated the development of diplomatic and industrial development.Contributed to the exchange of goods and culture.
Clove is a boiled medicine that entered China earlier. It is mainly produced on peanuts and tropical islands in East Africa. It has been imported in the Han Dynasty and is called “chicken tongue incense”.
“The Qiong Yaoshu” of the Northern Wei Dynasty said that “the chicken tongue fragrant vulgar is called Dingzixiang because of its resemblance to Dingzi.” This is probably the first source of the clove name.
Clove is a tall tree in the family Myrtaceae. It blooms from September to March of the following year. When the buds change from blue to red, they are picked and dried, which can be used as raw materials for medicinal and clove oil production.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Pemba and Zanzibar islands in developing countries were the main exporters of cloves, known as “the most fragrant place in the world”, and now they are produced most by peanuts and Madagascar.
Ding fragrance is warm, can warm the spleen and stomach, strengthen the spleen and yang, and aromatics, so it can be used to stop vomiting, and to lower the stomach, and treat abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting caused by spleen and stomach deficiency.
Children eat cold drinks in the summer, and the excessive abdominal pain and diarrhea caused by melon and fruits can be treated with cloves and ginger 3 grams each, filled in the umbilical fossa, covered with gauze, fixed with a tape, and changed once a day.
The main active ingredient in cloves is eugenol, which can inhibit a variety of harmful bacteria in the oral cavity, especially for gingivitis, toothache and bad breath caused by dental caries.
Shen Kuo wrote in “Mengxi Bi Tan”: The Lang official of the Han Dynasty faced the big and small things in front of the emperor. His mouth contained chicken tongue incense (lilac), which could correct bad breath caused by stomach heat or tooth disease, so as not to cause the emperor to be unhappy.
Today, patients with toothache and bad breath can be treated with 10 grams of clove and decoction.
Clove and fragrant tongue originally belonged to the same thing. In ancient times, they all refer to the buds of lilac, but later the seeds of lilac were also called “chicken tongue incense”. In order to distinguish them, people put the aromaThe heavy, effective flower buds are called “male cloves”, while the seeds with weak aroma and poor effect are called “mother cloves”.