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May Clove Water to Prevent Illness


During the month of May, it’s a great idea to put a handful of cloves in a Chinese soup bowl or other porcelain or ceramic bowl with water, and soak overnight. The next morning, take three to four spoonfuls of the clove water before breakfast (on an empty stomach), no more than five. Do this first thing in the morning when you brush your teeth.

Cloves are an herb that are known for reducing parasite activity in the body. According to Yogi Bhajan viruses breed in the springtime and drinking this easy tea every morning for the month of May will strengthen your immune system. Your nose, ears and throat will absorb the protective capacity of the clove and help you avoid getting sick as these tissues are your first line of defense.

Yogi Bhajan gave this recipe on May 1, 1995, to help us stay healthy in the springtime. This recipe is to be used during the month of May only. He said that
If you do it every year, you will never fall apart.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan


A Clove-ing Thought…
By Dr. Siri Chand Kaur

Yogi Bhajan suggested the clove water recipe shared here specifically for the month of May. While that’s still a month away, now seemed a good time to remind of clover water, since times of “flu season” vary worldwide depending on the hemisphere you live in. A milder winter can also lead to an earlier flu season than usual.

Yogi Bhajan’s May Clove Recipe

Take a handful of cloves and soak them in one half cup of room temperature water overnight—no need to boil.  First thing in the morning, when you brush your teeth, take 3-4 tablespoons of the clove water (not more than 5—don’t overdo it), swish it around in your mouth and then swallow.

For convenience, you can make enough for three or four days and keep it in the refrigerator.  For best results, take some everyday throughout the month of May.

Clove 101

Besides having antiviral qualities, cloves also contain antifungal and antibacterial agents. It is a strong spice that carries much heat, so it is generally diluted before ingesting or applying to the body. Keeping whole cloves and a bottle of clove essential oil are good staples for most any home remedy stash. Clove can make a good addition to homemade toothpastes or deodorants, and can also help eliminate some fungal infections of the skin and nails. Taking clove internally either in a chai tea mixture or by making clove water can be a great way to give the body an extra line of defense during common flu season in your region. Because of its strength, clove is generally contraindicated for people who have kidney or liver disorders and those with a history of seizures. Some people with allergies to balsam also are allergic to clove.