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What is clove?

The use of clove in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Clove is also known as Eugenia carylphyllata, caryophyllus, and eugenol.

Clove is a commonly used flavoring agent and food product. Clove is also available as an herbal supplement. The information contained in this leaflet refers to the use of clove as an herbal supplement. When used as a food product, the benefits and potential side effects of clove may be less pronounced than when it is used as an herbal supplement.

Clove has been used for the topical treatment of toothache. Clove has also been used for the common cold, cough, and inflammation of the mouth or throat.

Clove has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of clove may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Clove may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

What is the most important information I should know about clove?

Clove is a commonly used flavoring agent and food product. Clove is also available as an herbal supplement. The information contained in this leaflet refers to the use of clove as an herbal supplement. When used as a food product, the benefits and potential side effects of clove may be less pronounced than when it is used as an herbal supplement.

Do not use clove without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat a blood clotting disorder. Clove has been reported to affect blood clotting.

Clove has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of clove may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Who should not take clove?

Do not use clove without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat a blood clotting disorder. Clove has been reported to affect blood clotting.

Talk to your doctor before taking clove if you have any other medical conditions, if you take medicines or herbal/health supplements, or if you suffer from allergies (especially to plants). Clove may not be recommended in some situations.

Do not take clove supplements without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. It is not known whether clove will harm an unborn baby. The amount of clove customarily used in foods is not reported to be problematic.

Do not take clove without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether clove will harm a nursing infant. The amount of clove customarily used in foods is not reported to be problematic.

There is no information available regarding the use of clove supplements by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take clove?

The use of clove in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

If you choose to take clove, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Generally, is used topically.

Standardized extracts or oils of clove may provide a more reliable dose of the product.

Store clove as directed on the package. In general, clove should be protected from light and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

No information is available regarding a missed dose of clove. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider if you require further information.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a clove overdose have not been reported.

What should I avoid while taking clove?

There are no known restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking clove, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.

What are the possible side effects of clove?

Although uncommon, allergic reactions to clove have been reported. Stop taking clove and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Irritation of the skin and mucous membranes has been reported with the use of clove. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect clove?

Do not take clove without first talking to your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:

  • warfarin (Coumadin)
  • aspirin
  • a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, others), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, others), ketoprofen (Orudis KT, Orudis), indomethacin (Indocin), etodolac (Lodine), nabumetone (Relafen), oxaprozin (Daypro), piroxicam (Feldene), sulindac (Clinoril), tolmetin (Tolectin), and others
  • ardeparin (Normiflo)
  • dalteparin (Fragmin)
  • danaparoid (Orgaran)
  • enoxaparin (Lovenox); or
  • heparin.

Clove has been reported to affect blood clotting. You may not be able to take clove, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring while taking clove if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with clove or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or other herbal/health supplements.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider may have more information about clove.


Consultation with a licensed health care professional is advisable before using any herbal/health supplement. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous. Remember, keep this and all other prescription drug products, over-the-counter drug products, and herbal/health supplements out of the reach of children.

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