Cloves are the flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia. They have a strong, pungent, and sweet aroma and are commonly used as a spice in cooking and baking. Cloves have been traditionally used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. They are a rich source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and essential oils. Cloves have been traditionally used to relieve toothache, freshen breath, and help digestion. They are also believed to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Cloves have also been traditionally used to boost the immune system, protect the liver and to help lower blood sugar levels.