- Cloves can easily overpower a dish, particularly when ground, so only a few need be used.
- Whole cloves are often used like a nail to stud or bind vegetables, rotis, samosas, rolls, sweets, etc.
- Cloves are used in the preparation of several spice mixtures including garam masala, curry powders, mulling spices and pickling spices.
- Cloves also figure in the famous Worcestershire sauce.
- They are very popular in Indian cuisine, and used commonly to add aroma to rice preparations.
- Indians have long used cloves to treat indigestion, diarrhoea, hernia, and ringworm, as well as athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.
- India’s traditional Ayurvedic healers have used cloves since ancient times to treat respiratory and digestive ailments and its oil for toothache.
- It has powerful antiseptic and mild anaesthetic actions.
- When boiled with water and gargled, cloves are a good antibacterial mouthwash, which can help to combat bad breath and relieve a sore throat.
- Cloves are said to restore the appetite, and hence recommended for people with digestive disorders.
- Cloves are effective at clearing up a number of skin disorders such as acne, sores or ulcers.
- It has antioxidant properties, owing to the compound eugenol in it.
- Eating cloves is said to be aphrodisiac.