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Uses of Clove (Laung)

  Cloves are piquant astringent, pungent and of sweet fragrance, have warming effect, as such should rarely be used in summer season. They are used mainly in hot soups, teas, pickles and in powder form, are sprinkled on preserves, drinks and puddings. In betel leaves they serve as toothache killers and mouth refreshers. Clove oil applied on painful tooth provides instant relief from pain. The oil is also used in confectionery and cosmetics. Raw or roasted clove will relieve even a nasty and hawking cough.

How it looks - It is a conical evergreen tree with a single main stem and sharp fragrant leaves. The flower buds are greenish to pink clustered at the ends of the branches and are highly aromatic. The fruits are fleshy and seeds are oval.

What we use - Dried flower buds.

What it does - It is aromatic, refrigerant, ophthalmic, digestive, carminative, stomachic, stimulant, anti-spasmodic, antibacterial, aphrodisiac, expectorant and anthelmintic.

Home Remedies for the Treatment of various Disorders

  • A clove piece should be fried in teaspoonful of ghee and kept until it is burnt. The ghee, so obtained, should be mixed with hot milk or tea to get relief in migraine, other types of headache, influenza and congestion of nose.

  • In winter, it must be ensured that the patient does not get exposed to cold winds and cold. Hiccough can be controlled by keeping cloves in the mouth and sucking their juice.

  • In case of nausea 3-4 cloves should be chewed.

  • In vomiting - Fry a couple of cloves, powder them and add a little honey to it for licking down slowlyto stop vomiting.

  • In the eye infection - paste cloves and apply on the spot to reduce inflammation.

  • In tooth cavity - Drop a little clove juice into the dental cavity to numb the nerve endings and bring down pain. You could even chew the cloves as such for the same effect.

  • In headaches - Clove oil is a celebrated remedy for both headaches and toothaches. Even pasted cloves can be applied to tbe head as a counter irritant to relieve headaches.

  • In coughs - Even longstanding coughs can be rooted out by constantly chewing cloves. Some clove oil in a glass of hot milk will also serve the purpose.

  • To subside thirst - Especially in intestinal disorders when there is constant thirst, the peel of cloves should be pasted and taken with hot water. Cloves contain a chemical called 'eugenol' that inhibits the growth of the bacteria. It is a natural antibiotic.

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