Clove tea is a flavorful drink that has many uses. Over the course of history, cloves have been used to treat digestive disorders, coughs, toothaches, infertility, hypertension, hepatitis, thyroid disorders and even fatigue. Today, clove tea is still used to help relieve minor upset stomach, nausea, fungal and yeast infections, and sore muscles. This tea is simple to make and can provide a soothing treat.
Purchase a small bottle of whole cloves and grind them yourself when you are ready to make the tea. Grind enough to make one tablespoon. You can grind them in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Make sure you do this just before you make the tea, as the cloves can lose pungency if left out for very long after grinding.
Pour one quart of water into a pot and bring it to a boil. Tap water usually works fine, especially if you have a filter. If you have well water that has a sulfur-like smell or taste, you may want to buy some purified water to use.
Turn the burner off once the water is at a roaring boil.
Pour the cloves into the boiling water and allow them to steep for 20 to 30 minutes.
Use a mesh strainer (finely gauged mesh) to strain the cloves out once the tea has steeped.
Serve the clove tea hot or cold. Add sugar to taste if desired.