An extensively utilized culinary spice since ancient times, clove rivals other well-known spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for popularity. Clove is used in liqueurs and mulled wine, perfumes and even love potions. More recently, clove oil has been employed for its analgesic effects in dentistry, being very effective for tooth pain. Dietary herbal use of cloves can aid in the relief of a wide variety of ailments, both internal and external. Cloves have been known to aiding in digestion, and quieting upset stomach. They can make coughs less severe and more productive, relieve excessive gas bloating, and they can act as antihistamines. When applied topically, it can relieve pain from rheumatism, arthritis, or other inflammation-based pain.