Also known as Laung or Lavang, our next spice is highly popular in Ayurveda. Its tree originates from a place in Indonesia known as the Moluccas or Spice Island. In terms of the rasa, Laung is bitter and pungent.
The main medicinal component of clove (oil) is eugenol. This compound helps prevent histamine release as well as overproduction of free radicals from lipid breakdown. In turn, the body experiences far less swelling and/or pain.1
Anecdotal studies demonstrate the use of Lavang for promoting dental health since it’s an excellent antibacterial. It can even “relieve pain from sore gums…”.2 Because of the high flavonoid content, cloves are also utilized as an anti-inflammatory, specifically for “the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism.”2
So the next time you’re in the kitchen, try popping a clove in your mouth. It has more benefits than you think!
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Parle, Milind et al. (2010). Clove: A champion spice. International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy.