Cloves (Laung) Benefits and Effects


In every Indian kitchen, you will find some precious herbs like black pepper, Ajwain etc, which have great properties. Today, you will read about a herb which is a remedy for dental pain, toothaches, sore gums, and mouth ulcers and is used as a spice in many dishes like biryani, dal, curries, soups and tea. This herb is called cloves and in Hindi we call it Laung, Lavang, Laumg.

What are Cloves ?


Cloves, botanically called “Syzygium aromaticum” are the dried flower buds of the Syzygium Aromaticum tree. They have a deep brown colour and a powerful fragrant odour that is warm, strongly sweet, pungent, and slightly astringent. It is commonly used in garam masala, salads, pickles, and biryanis.

Other names of Clove

Clove is known by several names like :-

  • In Sanskrit it is called Lavanga, Lavangaka, Lavangam, Bhadrasriya, Devakusuma, Haricandana, Devapuspa, Varala.
  • In Marathi it is called Luvang;
  • In Gujarati it is called Lavang 
  • In Bengali it is called Lavanga 
  • In Punjabi  it is called  Laung
  • In Oriya it is calledLabanga
  • In Urdu it is called Laung, Loung 
  • In Malayalam it is called Grampu, Karayampu, Karampu 
  • In Kannada it is called Lavanga, Krambu; Daevakusuma
  • In Telugu it is called Kaaravallu, Devakusumamu, Lavangalu, Lavangamu
  • In Tamil it is called Kirampu, Kiraambu, Kirambu, Grambu, Ilavankam

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take cloves everyday ?

Yes, you can take it everyday as you get rid of the problem of cold, cough, viral infection, bronchitis, sinus, asthma etc.

Can cloves help in sleep ?

Yes, it helps in sleep as it is one of the most trusted remedies to induce sleep.

Do cloves increase blood pressure ?

No, it does not increase blood pressure as it has anti-inflammatory properties, lowering of cholesterol levels, acting as an antioxidant, and reducing blood pressure.

Is clove good for hair ?

Yes, it is good for hair as it contains high levels of antioxidants and nutrients that can add to the growth and strength of your hair. 

Is Clove good for cholesterol ?

Yes it is good for cholesterol as it has strong antioxidant properties and has a higher content of polyphenols and other antioxidant compounds.

Benefits of Cloves

clove oil

Promotes Digestion

It improves digestion by stimulating enzyme secretions and increases digestive motility. It is best for easing flatulence, gastric irritability, dyspepsia, and nausea. 

Helps in Diabetes

Cloves are best for people with high blood sugar levels. Research has found that cloves improve insulin sensitivity and aids in the efficient functioning of insulin.

Good for Immune System

It has an amazing ingredient called eugenol that is very effective against many harmful bacteria, fungus, and viruses. The anti-viral and blood purification potential of it decreases the toxicity in blood and increases the resistance against diseases by stimulating white blood cells.

Helps in Toothaches

Its oil is an effective remedy for dental pain, toothaches, sore gums, and mouth ulcers due to its germicidal properties. As per the American Dental Association clove oil has been approved as a dental anaesthetic.

Eases in Breathing

Patients suffering from bronchitis and asthma are often advised to inhale the smell of it for instant relief. Put some of it on a hot pan and inhale the fumes for opening clogged airways and to ease breathing difficulties. Add two drops of its oil to your tea for cleansing the airways or chew on a piece of clove to soothe your sore throat. 

Helps in Blood Circulation

Adding it to your daily diet triggers metabolic activity and regulates body temperature. It is loaded with antioxidants and can purify blood and provide glow to the skin from within. If you are feeling stressed out, rub some warm clove oil on your head, neck and back for instant relief and calm the mood.


Cloves have numerous essential vitamins, minerals, as well as dietary fibres. They are inherently low in calories, making them ideal for weight loss, besides supplying ample amounts of fibres, to facilitate smooth digestion. Cloves are a rich source of manganese, a key trace mineral for optimal brain functions and strengthening bones, along with calcium and phosphorus. They also averts the risk of cancer, bolsters immunity, ensures optimal metabolism and promotes healthy skin and hair.