Taste (Rasa): Sweet, Pungent, Bitter
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Balancing for Vata and Kapha
Benefits & Use: Cloves are an extremely powerful super-food and have some of the richest anti-oxidants of all spices. They have been used throughout the centuries as both a spice and medicinal herb. They might be tiny, but cloves are giants when it comes to nutrition and natural health. Of their many health benefits, which include protecting the liver, boosting the immune system, preserving bone quality, controlling blood sugar levels, and containing anti-mutagenic properties, they also stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes while reducing flatulence, gastric irritability, dyspepsia and nausea. The essential oil of clove is used as an ingredient in oral hygiene products to promote tooth health and freshen the breath.
Cloves Additional Uses: Aphrodisiac; insect repellent; bone health; Candida acne; sore throat
In the Kitchen: Boil a few buds in water and inhale the steam to get some relief from respiratory ailments. Alternatively, drink as an after-meal tea to support weak digestion, relieve nausea or even prevent vomiting. Crushed or bruised with a mortar & pestle just before use, whole cloves release more medicinal oil than the powder form. Whole cloves should be kept in a tightly sealed bag or glass container in a cool, dark and dry place.