Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen also known as Syzygium aromaticum. Found in both whole and ground forms, this versatile spice can be used to season pot roasts, add flavor to hot beverages, and bring spicy warmth to cookies and cakes. Cloves are best known as a sweet and aromatic spice, but they have also been used in traditional medicine.
Clove has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating premature ejaculation, when it is combined with other ingredients and applied to the outer skin of the penis before sexual intercourse. Clove may have been combined with other plants or extracts in a specific preparation to treat this condition.
Other uses not proven with research have included tooth pain, "dry socket" after oral surgery, mouth or throat irritation, cough, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, and other conditions.