Lahore (Web Desk): Cloves might be tiny, but are giants when it comes to nutrition and natural health .

Often it is used in Ayurvedic medicine, cloves are anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic. They’re packed with antioxidants and are good sources of minerals (especially manganese), omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and vitamins

Here are six great uses for cloves , cull from an Ayurvedic tradition:

1. Temporarily treat a toothache: 

You can temporarily alleviate the pain by dabbing a little clove oil on a cotton ball and placing it on the sore tooth or on your gums. An added benefit is that it will also pull out any infection.

2. Relieve upper respiratory infections. 

Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It's based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.

This suggests making a tea to lessen, or prevent, colds and flu. It is also used as an expectorant, making it easier to cough up phlegm. Cloves are a natural painkiller and also attack germs, so they'll help you get rid of that sore throat.

3. Reduce inflammation. 

Some also use clove oil for arthritis and rheumatism and some use it to massage sore muscles.

4. Treat scrapes and bruises. 

Cloves are pretty strong and can sting, so the best bet is to probably make a poultice with a little olive oil.

5. Improve digestion

These tiny cloves help relax the smooth lining of the GI tract, so they help alleviate vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal gas and stomachaches. Just be careful; since they're strong, they can also irritate the stomach.