Clove is known as Lavang in Sanskrit. It has antiseptic and antifungal properties and has many benefits for overall digestion. Its active compound, eugenol is mildly analgesic in nature. Clove is pungent and bitter in taste, has light and penetrating quality with a cooling potency. It can increase the digestive fire or agni without aggravating the pitta dosha if used moderately. Its aromatic quality settles excess vata and kapha doshas especially in the case of congested lungs.
Cloves are part of the 5 Super Spices of Spring due to it's qualities that help soothe.
Spring Time Use:
Soothe a sore throat by keeping a clove in your mouth for at least 15- 20 minutes andoccasionally chewing and sucking on the juice. Stew apples in cloves and a little bit of ghee or add cloves to cup of warm tea (chai) to clear out the phlegm during spring season cough and cold.
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