Clove is an important Ayurveda spice, used both for culinary and therapeutic purposes. Its botanical name is Syzygium aromaticum. It belongs to Myrtaceae family. Interesting fact about clove is, though it is hot to taste, it is cooling and soothing to stomach.
Caryophyllus aromaticus L.
Eugenia aromatica (L.) Baill.
Eugenia caryophyllata Thunb.
Vernacular names, Sanskrit synonyms
Hindi name: Laung, Lavang
Telugu name: Lavangamu, Karavallu
Gujarati, Kannada name: lavanga
Tamil name: Kirambu
Malayalam name: Grampoo
Devakusuma – flower of Deities
Bhringanga, Shekhara, Shri Prasuna – having beautiful flower
Chandanapushpaka – flower having fragrance like sandalwood
Varija – usually found in islands
In India, it is available in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
It is abundantly found in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Tanzania and Singapore.
Medicinal qualities, Uses
Medicinal qualities of Clove:
Rasa (taste): Tikta (bitter), Katu (pungent)
Guna (qualities): Laghu (light to digest), Snigdha (unctuous, oily)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion): Katu (pungent)
Veerya (potency): Sheeta (cold)
Effect on Tridosha – Kaphapittahara – balances Kapha and Pitta
Medicinal uses of clove:
Trushnapaha – relieves excessive thirst
Vaktra kleda daurgandhya nashana – relieves bad breath and excessive sliminess of oral cavity
If it is kept in the oral cavity for a few minutes, it brings in clarity, relieves tastelessness and bad breath.
Netrahitam – good for eyes
Deepana, Paachana – improves digestion strength
Ruchya – improves taste
Pittasranashana – useful in bleeding disorders
Trushna – Excessive thirst
Chardi – vomiting
Adhmana – bloating, gaseous distension of abdomen
Shula – abdominal colic pain
Kasa – cough, cold
Shwasa – Asthma, COPD, wheezing, breathing difficulty
Hikka – hiccups
Kshaya – chronic respiratory disorders
Lavang Powder – 1 – 2 grams per day.
Clove oil dose – 1 – 2 drops.
Clove oil benefits
Clove oil increases digestion power. It balances Vata and Kapha, useful in aches and pains, useful to relieve toothache. It is also useful in relieving morning sickness in pregnant women.
Clove oil is used as an ingredient in mouthwash liquids to treat halitosis / bad breath. Example: Refresh Mouthwash.
Research, Side effects
Research: Researchers from the Miguel Hernández University have found that clove is the best antioxidant spice, as it contains high levels of phenolic compounds. Clove has the highest capacity to give off hydrogen, reduced lipid peroxidation and reduces Iron efficiently.
Side effects: There are no known side effects of clove. As a food ingredient, it can be used during pregnancy, lactation period and in childhood.
Interaction with medicines, supplements
Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets,
Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.
Ayurveda medicines with Laung as ingredient:
Lavangadi Vati – used in cough, cold, allergies
Himasagara Tailam– used in frozen shoulder, lock jaw etc.
Madana Kameswari Lehyam – aphrodisiac
Halin drops – decongestant
Bala Tel – cold, cough, vomiting, bloating etc.
Clove for dry mouth
Put 4-5 cloves in your mouth and swirl them around or suck on them. They are effective in stimulating saliva & they can make your mouth feel fresher.
Clove to improve peristalsis
Traditional usage of clove indicates that it improves peristalsis (intestinal movement). In Ayurveda terms this translates to vata anulomana. (source)
In Chinese medicine clove is used for directing stomach “qi” energy downward, and to treat hiccup — indicating vata anulomana qualities. – Satyan Namdhari