Cloves are the hardened flower bud of a tropical tree and are one of the spices used in combination with ginger and nutmeg in pumpkin pie and other sweet dishes. It has a distinct flavor and aroma but that’s not all it does. It is antibacterial and is a topical anesthetic. That’s why you see it in mouthwashes (cinnamon flavored) and even in products to rub on gums to numb them, such as teething products for babies. It is also a key ingredient in an old herbal parasite cleanse along with wormwood and green black walnut hull. You don’t have to wait to use this herb; drop a clove or two in your coffeepot or teapot and enjoy it now. Toothache? Chew on a clove to get the oils softened then move the clove to your sore tooth.