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Clove: Folklore, Healing, Magical Properties & More

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Written by: Tina Caro

One of the biggest players of the famous “Spice Route” is the Syzygium aromaticum, commonly known as clove. Let’s take a look at Clove Magical Properties!

Coming from the Malaku or Moluccas Islands, in Indonesia, it became a very coveted and costly product for that time, since a kilo of this plant cost about 7 grams of gold. An aroma and flavor were reserved only for the most wealthy people.


Clove, a spice derived from the dried flower buds of the clove tree, has a rich history steeped in folklore and magical traditions.

Its magickal properties include being used as a sexual aphrodisiac, for protection, strengthening the mind and memory, instilling strength and courage, and attracting spiritual vibrations.

In cooking, cloves add depth and flavor to dishes, often used in both sweet and savory recipes.

Clove’s versatility extends to its use as an amulet for defining relationships and as an ingredient in love charms, showcasing its multifaceted significance in various cultures and practices.

What is Clove, and what are its magickal properties?

Clove is an herb native to Indonesia in the Asian continent. For centuries, its benefits are known not only medicinal but also therapeutic.

Similarly, it is widely used in the kitchen to aromatize and accompany various dishes.

Magickal Properties of Clove

In short, its Magic use is well known for protection, empathy, healing, memory. Its aroma is penetrating and has physical and magical effects.

ProtectionClove is believed to offer protection against negative energies, hexes, and evil spirits.
Love and RelationshipsIt is associated with love and can be used in rituals or spells to attract love and enhance bonds.
ProsperityClove is believed to bring abundance, wealth, and success in business endeavors.
Psychic EnhancementIt is believed to heighten psychic abilities and enhance divination practices.
GroundingClove can provide a sense of grounding and stability, helping to balance energies.
Table 1: Magical and Metaphysical Properties of Clove

Sexual Aphrodisiac

Even aphrodisiac properties are not ruled out. It is known that people use it to increase sexual potency. Clove is also used in esotericism as an amulet to ward off evil energies.

It is common to use the essence of clove for meditation.

For Protection

Here’s what you need to do to keep enemies away from your home.

  1. You need three cloves and a little salt. Place everything in a bowl and mix it firmly.
  2. Then put the mixture under your bed for 72 hours.
  3. Then mix everything again, until the salt disappears.
  4. With a nail, put what’s left on the house’s entrance or on a wall close to where you eat.

The healers also removed the spells with garlic and cloves.

Clove is also used to paralyze or neutralize a person, but not to harm him/her.

Fruits are also used to absorb energy. Oranges, for example, have cloves embedded to repel bad vibes with the smell. It is recommended that it be placed in the center of a table, visibly and strategically exposed.

Check Protection Spells here.

To Strengthen the Mind and Memory

You should take three cloves every morning and crush them in a bowl. Then smell the aroma. This will boost your cognitive skills.

For Strength and Courage

You should eat three cloves ground with a mixture of a spoonful of honey.

To Attract Spiritual Vibrations

It is very effective to ignite in the home or business with a nail essence or spread white candles with a few drops of essence of them to attract spiritual vibrations in balance, purify the place and obtain protection.


A Few Additional Magickal Tips

Morning Booster

Every morning take three Macacalos cloves, and as you smell them, you’ll remember things that you forgot.

Clove Love Charm

Here’s how you can create your own love charms.

This one is a simple talisman you can make with your hands and in the comfort of your home.

Things you need

  • A handful of cloves
  • A piece of cloth
  • A red thread
  • A jasmine flower

How to

Grind the cloves until they become dusty.

Cut the petals of the jasmine flower into small pieces.

Place the ground clove and chopped jasmine inside the fabric.

Tie the fabric with the red thread and repeat the following sentence:

“From this moment, these ingredients will become a love charm. I will attract your gaze, attention, and love with them. The clove will be my weapon of seduction. It is done.”

Always carry the amulet with you, especially if you know you will see that person you’re in love with.

Here’s a Quick Love Ritual with a Clove

You can also perform this magical ritual to make a person fall in love.

Things you need

  • Six cloves
  • A red candle
  • Pencil and small paper
  • A small ceramic cup

How to

Place the red candle inside the cup and light it.

Place the cloves inside the cup and let them burn.

Write your name and the name of the loved one on the paper.

Roll the paper, place it in the cup, and let it burn completely.

Finally, let the candle burn completely.

Repeat the ritual for three nights in a row.

Clove Amulet to Define a Relationship

If you have a relationship with someone and you’re are confused, about that person’s feelings for you, this ritual will help you find out what you two have.

Maybe it’s just a beautiful friendship, and you’re going through a period of confusion. This fairly frequent situation needs to be clarified, or perhaps it’s the beginning of something else…

This clove ritual will help you clarify things.

Things you need

  • Clove
  • White canvas

How to

Wrap a handful of cloves in a small white canvas.

At bedtime, take this amulet and think about the person and feelings.

Hold the amulet in your hand while you do it, then, before falling asleep, place it under your pillow.

The answer will most likely come to you during sleep. If not, repeat it the next night.

The esoteric powers of clove will help you get rid of doubt.

Dawn’s Thoughts on Cloves

The clove spice is the dried flower of a tropical evergreen tree native to Indonesia’s Molucca Islands (aka The Spice Islands).

The Clove Tree

Cloves are the flowers of a medium-sized tree that can only survive in a tropical climate. It requires rich, well-drained soil and is relatively easy to grow from seed if all the necessary conditions are met. The tree has large leaves and flower clusters form at the branches’ end. The flower buds turn from white to green to pink and are harvested just before they open and spread in the sun to dry. This turns them dark brown.

History and Folklore

The name “clove” comes from the French word for “nail”.

Cloves were historically traded from the Spice Islands by ancient Romans and Chinese. The Chinese chewed cloves to freshen their breath.

Along with nutmeg, cloves were among the most sought after spices of the age of European exploration. Many atrocities were committed in their name. The Dutch wanted a monopoly on the clove trade so they destroyed clove trees wherever they found them growing outside the territory they controlled.

CultureFolklore and Symbolism
IndonesianClove is believed to bring good luck and protection against evil spirits.
ChineseIt is associated with wealth and is often included in traditional herbal remedies.
Middle EasternClove is considered an aphrodisiac and is used in love potions and rituals.
EuropeanIn ancient times, clove was believed to have the power to ward off evil and attract prosperity.
Table 2: Folklore and Cultural Significance of Clove

This did not make them popular with the locals who had a tradition of planting clove trees in honor of the birth of their children. Eventually, competitors established successful groves of clove trees in other areas, including Brazil, Zanzibar, Madagascar, and Tanzania. This took some of the pressure off of the Molucca Islands.

Healing with Cloves

Clove oil has long been essential to the herbal first aid kit. It is both antibacterial and anesthetic. Rub the oil directly on your gums to numb a toothache.


Use clove buds in a tea to improve digestion, prevent and relieve flatulence and relieve nausea and diarrhea. It is also lovely steeped in milk, wine or juice with a cinnamon stick for these purposes.

AnalgesicClove has pain-relieving properties and is often used for toothaches and sore muscles.
AntimicrobialIt possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it useful for infections.
AntioxidantClove is rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body against oxidative stress.
Digestive AidIt aids digestion, relieves gas, and supports gastrointestinal health.
Anti-inflammatoryIt has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used for relieving inflammation and pain.
Table 3: Healing Properties of Clove

Test a drop of clove oil on the inside of your elbow to ensure you are not sensitive to it.

Cooking with Cloves

Cloves can be added whole to many dishes. Traditionally, they are used as a mulling spice, they are steeped in warm wine, milk, juice or cider in combination with other herbs to make a complex and delicious warm beverage. Cloves are also used to stud a ham and lend their warm flavor it its saltiness.

But cloves can be used in many other ways. They can be added to stocks, fruit pies, and tea blends. They can be ground and mixed into baked goods.

Cloves are part of many spice mix including Chinese Five Spice Powder, Garam Masala, Curry Powder, Ras el Hanout and Worchestershire sauce.

It is best to buy whole cloves and grind them just before use for the best flavor or use them whole and cook them slowly to infuse the flavor and remove them before serving. The flavor of cloves is very strong, so it’s best to use them sparingly.

Magickal Correspondences of Cloves

Cloves are masculine in nature and aligned with the planet Jupiter and the element of fire.

Used in magick to attract good luck and prosperity, to keep good friends close, and to help stop malicious gossip. Burn to prevent people from spreading rumors about you or push the cloves into a red candle and burn that.

Make each friend a cloth bag with seven cloves inside to keep friendships strong. Wear always.

Cloves can be added to money drawing and good luck mojo bags for gamblers and clove oil can be added to oils for a similar purpose.

Cloves have been used as an aphrodisiac. Simply infuse cloves into wine or apple cider to enjoy its effects.

Other Uses for Cloves


Cloves can be mixed with tobacco and rolled into a cigarette for a tasty and satisfying smoke. This is called a kretek in Indonesia. This word describes the crackling sound of burning cloves. Many American cigarettes are clove flavored using clove oil, but a true kretek includes the actual herb.

A pomander of oranges studded with cloves has been traditionally used to repel moths from closets. Clove oil can also be added to other insect-repelling concoctions to protect against mosquitoes and ants.

Cloves can be used to freshen the breath and is used in mouthwashes and gums to this effect.

Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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