Ayurveda says that food is medicine and food should never be bland. Many of the spices found in our home kitchen are known in Ayurveda to have many health benefits, and add great flavor to our cooking.
This post is part of a series of posts called “What is in your masala box?” Which is the same to say what is in your spice cabinet. Let’s take a look at these amazing gifts from nature and get more inspired to use them in our daily cooking.
Cloves are the dried flower buds of an evergreen tree.
They are very aromatic with a spicy and slightly bitter taste with a heating effect.
Very versatile, this spice can be used in savory and sweet recipes and is sure to make a very flavorful impact. Cloves are used a lot in Indian cuisine and are one of the key ingredients in Garam Masala.
A little goes a long way with this spice, but don’t let their cute appearance fool you.
Cloves have highly antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
Their heating and stimulating effect, make cloves a great aid in fighting colds, asthma, clearing phlegm and they especially benefit the throat.
Cloves are also a great aid to digestion and help stimulate Agni (digestive fire) and in moderation will not aggravate pitta. This is good for people who have sluggish digestion or low appetite. Cloves can also be helpful for nausea and vomiting.
These awesome little buds also have powerful analgesic and anesthetic effects and are known for helping with toothache and headaches.
I recently had a personal experience with cloves, as I caught a strong cold or flu during the holidays. During the final period of the sickness I was coughing and had a sore throat and completely lost my voice. So I started sucking on cloves. Basically keeping a bud in my mouth and letting it disintegrate in my mouth and eating it when soft. It truly turned the cold around for good and I regained my voice within a couple of days.
I love using clove in my cooking and use it mostly when making Indian curries and dal.
Do you use Cloves in your kitchen? Share your favorite way in the comments below.