It is used in the preparation of soap, perfumery and for microscopic work. Due to its antiseptic property clove oils is invariably an ingredient in tooth pastes and mouth washes.
- It helps in digestion and is antiseptic, antispasmodic and counter irritant and particularly a local antiseptic in tooth aches
- Cloves can be used in cooking either whole or in a ground form, but as they are extremely strong, they are used sparingly
- Cloves have historically been used in Indian cuisine (both North Indian and South Indian). In North Indian cuisine, it is used in almost all rich or spicy dishes as an ingredient of a mix named garam masala, along with other spices, although it is not an everyday ingredient for home cuisine, nor is it used in summer very often
- It is widely used for food flavoring and aroma in a variety of cuisines, used in confectionery and other products