Cloves are dried flower buds of a evergreen tree in the Myrtaceae family. The English name derives from Latin clavus (or nail) as the bud slightly resembles irregular nails.
Cloves are known for their antiseptic properties. In early China commoners chewed Cloves to sweeten their breath before talking to the emperor and also used Cloves as a anesthetic for tooth related problems.
Eugenol is the active compound and has pronounced anaesthetic & antiseptic properties, for this reason it has been widley used in insect repellents, medicines as a anaesthetic & antiseptic.
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum & eugenia caryophyllata) capsules has also been widely used in conjunction with Wormwood and Green Black Walnut tincture as a parasite cleanse as shown by Dr Hulda Clark.