are most widely known as a culinary spice, native to Indonesia. Its use has spread widely, with uses ranging from being a key component in tea in Northern India, a frequent part of Vietnamese pho broth, a wide array of Mexican dishes, and even as a frequent addition to cheese in the Netherlands. In Japan and china, one will also find cloves used as an important material for incense, and in some European countries one will find them around Christmas and Yule as a holiday decoration, called a Pomander, where the cloves are inserted into an orange and hung about the home. Spiritually, they are seen to be of great use in banishing hostile and negative forces, Cloves are potent in rituals used for banishing negative energies and spirits, and in magic as aiding in enhancing or starting friendship and love.
In both Chinese and Western medicine, cloves have seen use in dentistry, where its oil is a painkiller. In this way, it is also sometimes used to numb away irritation and pain on the skin. They are also used in a variety of ways to aid in digesting, soothing the stomach, or even relieving gas. In aromatherapy, Cloves have seen use in clearing the head, as well. In Chinese medicine it is also utilized sometimes in treating impotence or morning sickness