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Unique health benefits of cloves

Clove (English)

Lavang (Sanskrit)

‘Syzygium aromaticum’ (Latin)

Basic Properties

  • Characteristics (Guna): Light & Unctuous

  • Taste (Rasa): Pungent & Bitter

  • Potency (Virya) : Cold in nature

  • Taste after digestion (Vipaka): Pungent

  • Action (Karma) : Removes excess Kapha Dosha by its pungent and bitter tastes. Pacifies Pitta Dosha by its cold potency.

External Uses

  • It is a stimulant, antimicrobial and bitter, therefore it is used locally for headaches and Sinusitis.

  • Cloves can be useful in Stomatitis and Skin disorders.

  • Clove oil is used for massage in rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, backache and loss of libido.

  • An oil swab can be used in Dental caries and toothache to reduce the pain.

Internal Uses

Digestive System

  • Being pungent and bitter, it is a natural appetizer and digestive.

  • It stimulates the salivary glands, thereby increasing salivary secretions.

  • Relieves dryness of the mouth

  • Removes bad breath and cleans the oral cavity

  • It is carminative and analgesic

  • Useful in Anorexia, Loss of Appetite, Flatulence, Abdominal Colic, Hyperacidity, Nausea, Thirst and Liver disorders.

  • Cloves are especially effective in relieving the nausea associated with morning sickness during pregnancy.

Circulatory System

  • Stimulates the heart and circulation

  • Increases blood pressure

  • Used in Cardiac debility, Blood disorders and Syphilis

Respiratory System

  • Reduces cough, foul smell radiating from the oral cavity and relieves breathlessness

  • Stimulates respiratory mucosa thereby causing expectoration

  • Assists in relieving Asthma symptoms

  • Tuberculosis related cough and Bronchitis are treated effectively by Cloves

Therapeutic Recipes

  • A decoction or tea of Cloves in water, is useful in subsiding nausea or thirst

  • A paste of Cloves, pounded in warm water can be applied externally to relieve pain and swelling

  • Chewing of Clove, Elachi and Mint leaves, clean the oral cavity and leave a pleasant fragrance

  • Cloves boiled in water act as a good remedy for reducing a fever

Other Recipes

  • Cloves have a strong, spicy flavor with a warm to hot taste, so they can be added to pickles, chutneys & relishes

  • They can also be used to complement the tastes of many fruits and vegetables such as Pumpkin, Squash or Cabbage

  • Indian dishes are incomplete without the pungent tinge of cloves – they are added to curries and breyanis to add extra flavor

  • Clove oil mixed well with 4x the amount of water, can be used as a mosquito repellent if lightly misted on the skin.

  • The same water/oil mix can be sprayed as a natural air freshener, which wards off insects and bugs


  • Sensitivity to Clove Oil may occur. Sensitive people may face breathing problems, rashes or redness of skin and irritation. If this occurs, stop the intake of Cloves or external application of Clove oil.

  • Children should not internally digest Clove oil, as it may result in seizures due to an increase in blood pressure.

  • Clove oil must be diluted with a carrier oil such as Almond or Olive oil, and should not be used in its raw concentrated form, as it is extremely potent.


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