Common name Clove

Latin name Syzygium aromaticum

Parts used Whole

System affinities

Clove is particularly sympathetic to the Digestive and Respiratory Systems.

Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Clove is primarily an alterative.  As such it’s primary actions are heating and relaxing.  Clove is particularly indicated for the kapha and vata doshas. 

Taste and quality

Bitter, acrid, sweet, pungent


Clove is indicated for a variety of digestive disorders.  It aids in relieving Indigestion. It helps in cases of Constipation, Nausea, and Diarrhea.  It is a potent carminative.  It stimulates blood circulation and aids in digestion.  It helps in treating Ulcers and dyspepsia.  It prevents the growth of Candida, and is particularly good at countering bad breath.

Clove helps control the level of blood glucose and enhances insulin production.  It is also used to control High Cholesterol.

It is a good tonic for cough, relieving irritation in the throat and inflammation in the Pharynx.

It is also particularly soothing to sore muscles, joints, and teeth when used topically.

It inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

It is indicated for cases of insomnia.

History and lore

It was said that in ancient China if anyone wanted to speak to the emperor, they were required to have a clove in their mouth.

Cloves are masculine in nature and aligned with the planet Jupiter and the element of fire.

Used in magick to attract good luck and prosperity, to keep good friends close, and to help stop malicious gossip. 


The Clove is native to the North Moluccas, the Spice Islands of Indonesia. It is cultivated in Mauritius, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Zanzibar, Brazil, the West Indies and Pemba.

Dosing and formulas