In Ayurveda, cloves are said to enhance circulation, digestion and metabolism and help counter stomach disorders such as gas, bloating and nausea. Cloves are also found to be useful for diabetes and obesity.
Chewing a clove buds after meals is a natural method for maintaining oral health due to its effect on plaque, gingivitis, and bacteria in the mouth.
Cloves are used both whole and ground in Ayurvedic cooking. Whole cloves sautéed in ghee with other spices such as cinnamon, bay leaves and peppercorns enhance the flavour of rice and pilafs. Cloves are an essential ingredient in curry powders and combine well with other spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cumin and coriander.