Clove or laung is a common spice added to most Indian dishes, but this tiny, brown spice is much more than just an additive. Packed with nutrients namely, vitamins and minerals like iodine, calcium, phosphorous and iron, clove can do much more for your body than simply make food more palatable.
Fever – Grind 2 to 3 of Clove buds and an equal amount of Chiretta with water and consume it 3 to 4 times a day to cure fever.
Excessive hunger disorder – Take 3 pinches of Clove powder and mix it with a cup of lukewarm water and consume it to get relief.
Toothache – Pressing a clove bud between the jaws, at the site of aching tooth eases the pain. Apply clove oil in the cavity of decayed tooth. This would reduce the pain and help to ameliorate infection.
Cough – Take 200 ml of water and add 3 to 4 pieces of crushed cloves, 1 pepper corn and 6 to 7 Tulsi leaves to the water. You may add a small piece of ginger to the mix as well. Boil the water till it is half its quantity. Once the decoction has cooled a bit, strain it and drink it warm with a little honey to add that extra sweetness.
Joint pain – Roast a few clove buds and wrap them in a soft cloth. Apply this to the aching joint while it is still warm. Re-heat the poultice when it becomes cold. You could alternatively crush the cloves coarsely and apply it. But make sure you do not heat it after they are crushed. The essential oils present in the clove are highly volatile and will evaporate if heated again.
Body pain – Prepare warm bath water and add a few drops of clove oil to it. Soak in the warm water for some time to relieve pain.
Sore throat – Take 1 pod of clove and add it to 1 teaspoon of honey. Let it remain in the honey for about 8 hours and drink slowly swallow the honey. This will coat the throat helping in giving you some relief.
Throat congestion – Cough and throat congestion can be cured by chewing roasted clove buds. It is also an effective remedy in cases of inflammation in the pharynx (pharyngitis). Another cure is to prepare a decoction by boiling 5 to 6 cloves in 30 ml of water. Take this decoction with 1 teaspoon of honey thrice a day as an expectorant.
Asthma – Soak 2 pieces of cloves, 12 to 15 Basil (Tulsi) leaves, 10 black pepper corns in ½ cup of water and boil for 15 minutes. Strain out the water, mix it with milk, add 2 teaspoons of honey and drink the milk.
Nausea and vomiting – Prepare a paste by mixing thoroughly ½ teaspoon of clove powder in 1 teaspoon of honey. Take this paste in your finger and lick it whenever the symptom occurs.