Formal Name: Syzygium aromaticum
Supplement Forms: Leaves, oil

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


Cloves are native to the Malucca islands, and were at one time a prized commodity within Roman culture. History indicates that cloves were traded as early as 1721 BC, and have been used as a breath freshener in China since 226 BC. Later, in the 16th and 17th centuries, cloves became very valuable, and were worth more than their weight in gold.

Bodily Functions Clove Assists

Cloves are the dried flower buds of trees grown mainly in India and Indonesia. Cloves are typically used as a topical pain reliever, typically in dentistry, and to aide the digestive process and reduce inflammation.

Foods High in Clove

Cloves are typically used as a food flavoring, both in whole and ground form. The flavor of cloves is very strong, and as such, cloves are usually removed from a dish before it is served. Frequently, cloves are pressed into a ham while it is cooking. Cloves are also used as a flavoring in chai tea. Dutch cheeses and stews sometimes include cloves as well.

Ailment That Clove Eliminates:
  • Used topically to alleviate a toothache
  • Reduces throat and mouth inflammation
  • Fights cold symptoms
  • Alleviates coughing
  • Aids digestion
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Cloves should not be ingested by people with blood clotting disorders
  • Pregnant women should consult their doctor before eating cloves