In India, cloves (Laung) are used not only as a flavor for foods and beverages but also as a herb due to their medical properties. Cloves are a great source of Vitamins, Magnesium, and are antioxidants. They can be taken in three ways:-
- Whole cloves
- Grounded cloves
- Clove oil
Whole cloves keep flavor a bit longer than others do. In the past, cloves were taken to hide bad breath and over the years, it has made a prominent place in Ayurveda to help treat diarrhea, nausea, intestinal gas, and vomiting. In Ayurveda, cloves are called ”Kaphara”. Its oil can be directly applied to the gums for toothache, hernia, or on the skin as a counter irritant for pain.
Benefits of using Cloves
Cloves are loved and used widely around the globe. Here are some benefits you can score by eating two cloves a day:-
- Clove helps build the Immune System by increasing white cells in the body, which helps to fight off infections. Grandmother’s old ‘Kadha’ is a healthy intake of cloves.
- Extracts from Cloves keep sugar levels in check and proved to be a Diabetes control.
- It can help stop growing tumors and kills cancer cells in their first stages. Eugenol a compound present in cloves that can be harmful so it’s advisable to take any new herbs only after consulting with doctors.
- Due to its Anti-bacterial property, collective research in American universities proves they kill bacteria.
- Eugenol present in cloves improves liver functioning. The same eugenol helps ease digestion which is a key to effective weight loss.
- Vitamin K present in cloves helps in blood clotting which is essential for promoting healthy blood clotting for those with the problem of excessive bleeding due to Vitamin K deficiency.
Cloves are proven to prevent acne and pigmentation. Just take two cloves and make a paste then apply to the affected area and see glowing results within four weeks. At home, cloves infused in tea can help get rid of flu, sore throat, and headache. As a coin has its two sides so do cloves.
- Cloves if swallowed whole can give a burning sensation.
- Cloves grounded or oil is highly recommended to keep away from the infant’s reach. It’s also advisable for pregnant women to avoid cloves.
- Besides, cloves should be avoided prior to any surgeries.
- People with sensitive skin must avoid putting clove paste directly to the face as it can cause skin irritation or rashes.
Cloves infused in soup, tea, or coffee can give a refreshing and aura feel especially during winters, and inhaling them when suffering from a clogged nose can help breathe easily. Cloves provide aromatic and intense flavor qualities to hot beverages and sometimes alleviate the fleshy smell of meats like fish and pork.