Medicinal uses of cloves

cloveClove (Laung) with its distinct and strong flavor is one of the most used condiments in the Indian kitchen. This small spicy bud enhances the taste of your ‘Pulavs’ and ‘Biryanis’ and other curries. However, use sparingly as they can be quite overpowering. Cloves do have numerous medicinal properties to their credit. Some of the popular and well-known home remedies with cloves are mentioned here below:

* If one has a toothache, the first thing that comes to one’s mind is to grab a clove. For centuries, cloves have been chewed to temporarily relieve toothache. You might also dip a clean cotton wool in clove oil and place it between your aching gums and teeth.

* For getting rid of bad breath chew a 1-2 cloves.

* For ordinary coughs, take a teaspoon of crystal sugar and 1-2 cloves and masticate them well.

* Cloves are also used to treat athlete’s foot and other skin infections since studies show that the oil in cloves kills several strains of bacteria.

* Clove tea is used to treat indigestion, flatulence also. It is used to break up intestinal gas and to treat nausea, heartburn and hyperacidity. However do not use this tea for long periods of time as it may have side-effects, especially if you are under medication for other diseases. Do consult your doctor, anyway.

Clove tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water on 1 teaspoon of cloves and let it steep for ten minutes. Add honey if desired.

* When one is suffering from excessive thirst during a bout of fever, drinking this clove tea helps.

* For cuts and bites, make a poultice. Grind up several cloves and mix in water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the cut and cover the cut with a warm towel. Leave on for 5 minutes.

* When you are suffering from colds and headache, apply a paste of cloves on your forehead.

* Massaging clove oil can provide relief in sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis and other joint and muscle pains.

* In bronchitis, a few drops of clove oil mixed with ginger juice and honey helps.

* For swollen eyelids accompanied by stinging pain, mixing a little clove powder with water and applying a bit on the eyelids relieves pain.

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  1. Anonymous5:53 PM

    I was in great pain after a root canal - the dentist applied a medicine on my gums; he warned me about the taste, but i found it oddly familiar and not too unpleasant. It turned out to be a highly concentrated version of clove extract. I got better instantly. Cloves are truly wonderful!

  2. Anonymous6:59 PM

    yes, cloves are so good. You can add them to milk while heating it and filter it later.

  3. Anonymous5:31 PM

    I find cloves very helpful when I have a cough as they are very soothing and are better than sucking cough lollies which kill the good bacteria in your mouth!!!

  4. Anonymous10:30 AM

    Pure garlic cloves juice and white vinegar is a good home remedy to stop acne. Keeps Vampires away too.

  5. Anonymous5:23 PM

    * The pungent and warming effect of clove helps in allaying indigestion, nausea and hiccoughs.
    * Cloves stimulate blood circulation and improve the functions of liver organ.
    * It is an effective antiseptic. Clove is beneficial in the cure of infections of the digestive tract, urinary and respiratory systems.
    * It is a valuable remedy for the nervous system and is helpful in relaxing tension.
    * Its warming effect can induce sweating and serves to bring down fever. A clove tea is useful in the treatment of hay fever and rhinitis.
    * Cloves not only aid in digestion but also reduce spasms and relieve wind from the system.
    * An application of clove oil on your temples will help in relieving from a head ache.
    * It is useful as an external application for cuts, wounds or in the treatment of athlete's foot.
    * You can add clove oil with dilute alcohol to make an ointment. This is effective in aching muscles and arthritis.
    * Cloves should be consumed a few weeks before child birth as it helps the uterus in contractions. Clove oil is messaged on the belly in case of sluggish contractions during child birth.

  6. Anonymous5:23 PM

    Cloves are believed to have other health benefits that aren’t necessarily connected with an immediate illness. For instance, they can make a great mosquito repellant, as well as a moth repellent. Clove studded oranges are often used to repel many kinds of insects in tropical climates. Sucking on cloves may even reduce the craving for alcohol.

  7. Dr Ramachandra4:06 PM

    The most prominent use of clove oil is in dental care. The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gum's and mouth ulcers. Clove oil contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry since numerous years. Gargles with diluted clove oil help in easing the throat. The characteristic smell of clove oil helps removing bad breath. As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including, mouth washes, and tooth pastes. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide and prepare a white filling material as a temporary alternative to root canal

  8. Alwin8:52 AM

    Are cloves and turmeric safe for dogs? I've got a dog with hip and inflammation issues and wondered if these herbs would help.

  9. Saraswati8:54 AM

    Just one more excellent use of clove that I have come to know about and use regularly,chewing a clove roasted in an iron pan gives almost instant relief from a dry hacking cough,the one that usually follows a viral throat infection.
    Was a skeptic until I actually tried it.

  10. Sarita9:20 AM

    I insert clove sticks in my silk sari stack - the better alternative to moth balls. i think cloves are used as closet fresheners almost universally.
    people also use it to maintain their precious carpets. sprinkle some ground clove and let it stand for 30 minutes to an hour on carpets, brush off and welcome to bacteria free carpets

  11. Anonymous9:30 AM

    going round the table here and summarizing other uses of cloves :)
    sore throat/cold/cough
    scenting / preserving clothes {pomander pel and rachna - wow ; will try that will lemon}
    bacteria free carpets
    in sweets or make nitter kibbeh {mamatha - love ethiopian food tx for the link} and add it to make the sweets

  12. Sheela10:20 AM

    To get relief from backaches make a paste of ginger, and apply to the afected area. Massaging with eucalyptus oil is very effective.
    You can also make your own massaging oil. Cut 2-3 cloves of garlic into small pieces. Put them in 100ml of sesame oil or mustard oil. Boil on slow ire for about ive minutes. This oil is very good for massaging the area o backache.

  13. Clove kills intestinal parasites and exhibits broad antimicrobial properties against fungi and bacteria supporting its traditional use as a treatment for diarrhea, intestinal worms, and other digestive ailments.

  14. Sheela8:56 AM

    Hand picked organic flower buds are used. Smell like the culinary herb. This oil is a general stimulant with great anti-infectious and antifungal properties, one of the most antiseptic and bactericidal essential oils. Widely used in dental applications for mouthwashes, tooth aches and infections. Can be used topically for acne, cuts and skin parasites. Use only highly diluted, is irritating to the skin. Clove bud oil is less hazardous than oil from the stem or leaf.'

  15. Kamala8:40 AM

    "Chewing cardamon or clove works quite effectively for bad breath."

  16. Nimish10:26 AM

    I am tempted to try using some for my toothache, i just cant figure out a correct application.

  17. Sudesh10:27 AM

    Never knew about cloves' health effects.

  18. Vareendra10:38 AM

    Spices can be very expensive... nice information!

  19. Excellent. I didn't know cloves had so many uses.

  20. Anonymous9:16 AM

    Stimulant and effective in relieving flatulence, cholera, caughs, asthma and headaches. Cloves promote enzymatic flow and boost digestive functioning. It is also useful for treating cholera, 4 gms of cloves are boiled in 3 litres of water until half the water has evaporated, taken in draughts, will check severe symptoms of the disease. Chewing a clove with a crystal of common salt eases expectoration, relieves the irritation in the throat and stops cough in the pharyngitis. A paste of clove and salt crystals in milk is a common household remedy for headaches.

  21. Harish8:48 AM

    This powerful herb also has the ability to relieve depression.

  22. Yellappa8:50 AM

    Clove oil is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers. Medicinal amounts of clove should not be given to children under age 2.

  23. Sumitra7:28 AM

    Along with honey clove powder is used for controlling vomiting. Because of its anesthetic nature it is used in ear ache. Clove oil is used in head aches. Clove oil is a good remedy for treating styes on the eye (Inflammation of the eye lids in the form of small growths).


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