Cloves (Laung)


Cloves Scientific Name

Syzygium aromaticum

Cloves Other Names

English: Cloves
French: Clou de girofle
Hindi: Laung, Lavang
Sanskrit: Lavanga

What is Clove?

Clove is a plant grown in parts of Asia and South America. It is used in both whole and ground forms. It is a common ingredient season pot roasts, hot beverages, and to bring spicy warmth to cakes, cookies, biscuits and syrups. Apart from the flavor component, Clove is a powerful immune-boosting herb. The common forms of cloves used in medicine are oils, dried flower buds, leaves, and stems.
Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine both use cloves in their herbal prescriptions especially when the formula requires heating or body warming properties. Clove oil is used to cure tooth-ache and teething problems in children. Additionally, cloves are used for their digestion-aiding and immune-boosting properties.

Common forms of Cloves

Powder, Oil, Seeds

Clove is commonly used for:

Cloves Dosage

Therapeutic dosage of clove depends on the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for clove. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Cloves Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Not known.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnant women: Clove is likely safe when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food. There isn’t enough reliable information to know if clove is safe to use in larger medicinal amounts when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Children: Clove oil intake is likely unsafe for children as it is more concentrated and can cause severe side effects such as seizures, liver damage, and fluid imbalances.
Injecting clove oil into the veins is not recommended and can cause side effects such as breathing problems and lung disease.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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