Cloves are a powerful, warm spice that can be used for cooking with both sweet and savoury dishes. They contain an active component called ‘eugenol’ which has many health promoting properties for baby and the rest of the family.

Quick-fire benefits:

Treats Flatulence
If you have a gassy little baby, cloves can help to reduce the pressure in little bellies thus reducing discomfort.

Fungal Nappy Rash Protection
The active component eugenol has anti-fungal properties which may help to protect against fungal nappy rash (thrush infection). This infection causes the skin to develop a bright red moist rash with pimples which spreads into the folds of baby’s skin (ouch!). It can also protect against the fungal infection athletes foot.

Teething Pains
Clove oil helps to reduce pain in toothaches and sore gums which could be used as a natural remedy to help with your little ones teething pains. But please consult your doctor before applying clove oil directly to little gums.

Important: Please DO NOT feed spices to babies younger than 7 months of age.

By Zainab Jagot Ahmed.

Author of Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook, available to buy now from Amazon, WHSmith and all good e-bookshops, priced from just £4.79


About The Author

Zainab Jagot Ahmed is a first-time mum and author of the UK's first Indian baby food cookbook, ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook'. Prior to becoming a mummy, Zainab worked in marketing for almost 10 years in the fashion, entertainment and retail industries. However, after the birth of her daughter felt inspired to turn her attention to cooking delicious, nutritious home-made baby food. As she began the weaning process, she was keen to introduce Asian flavours early to both broaden her daughter's palate, and to introduce her to her culinary heritage. However, unable to find any baby and toddler cookbooks with Asian or Asian influenced recipes, was inspired to invent her own recipes. Soon friends were asking for them too. After a year spent researching spices, dietary recommendations and various superfoods, Zainab decided to put her research and recipes to good use by writing her own Indian baby food cookbook, giving everyone the chance to try them at home.

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