Remedy#1 * Take a piece of chukku (dry ginger), rub it on a sandanakal (grinding stone) with a little water to make a paste. * Apply this paste on the forehead for relief from headache.
Remedy#2 Rub krambu (clove) on the grinding stone and apply to the forehead.
Remedy#3 * Take some pepper powder in a pan, and heat on medium flame (to a temperature that is tolerable for you). * Apply this heated pepper powder to the forehead.
Clove in Ayurveda
Known as krambu in Tamil, clove has been used in India and other parts of Asia for many centuries. It is an essential ingredient in Indian cooking. It is known for its antiseptic and analgesic properties. In Ayurveda, clove is used for its medicinal properties such as improving digestion and relieving bloating, gas and abdominal colic pain. It is also used to relieve cold, cough and respiratory disorders. Effect on the tridosha: Clove balances kapha and pitta.
How to grow clove Clove is the aromatic dried flower buds of the clove tree, and are native to India and Indonesia. Cloves are propagated by seeds or by cuttings. The seeds can be directly planted, or soaked in water overnight to remove the outer lining.
Climate: Clove thrives best in a warm humid tropical climate with an annual rainfall from 150–250 cm. It prefers partial shade. Clove grows best in rich loamy soils in the wet tropics.
It can also grow in heavier red soils, but in either case, needs good drainage.
Planting: * Buy pollinated clove seeds from an organic source. Ensure that the seeds are recently gathered and not dried out, because dried clove seeds will not germinate. Plant the clove seeds as soon as they are bought, for successful germination. * The seeds of the clove can be sown in polythene bags filled with soil, sand and fully decomposed cow dung mixture and kept in a shady cool place. The seedlings are ready for transplanting in the field when they are 18–24 months old. * The pits (of dimension 75 cm x 75 cm x 75 cm) for planting the seedlings are partially filled with compost (vermicompost which is an excellent compost, can be used), green leaf manure or cattle manure and covered with topsoil. * Watering is necessary in the first 3–4 years in clove cultivation. * Keep the soil moist for your clove trees and place them in a sunny, warm location. Do not allow the soil to become waterlogged or your clove tree may die from root rot. * Maintain a high humidity for your clove tree by misting it daily. * Fertilize the clove tree using organic fertilizer and decomposed manure. Consult your local farmer (who practices organic agriculture) for instructions on the recommended dosage and time of application of fertilizer, and pesticides for pest control.
Growth: Clove trees produce clove buds after 20 years of growth. After 20 years of growth, the clove tree begins to produce flowering buds. Once flowering begins, cloves can be collected during both the spring and winter of tropical regions for at least several decades.
Harvesting: The unopened flower buds are harvested when they turn pink in colour. At this time, they are less than 2 cm long. Harvesting of cloves should be done using step ladders, without damaging the tree branches, as it adversely affects the succeeding growth.
Drying: Individual flower buds are separated from the cluster by hand and spread in the yard under the sun for drying. The cloves are considered well-dried when the stem of the clove is dark brown and the bud, light brown. Well-dried cloves are about one-third the weight of the original cloves.