Herbs such as clove are used as a spice and ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine. This spice available in whole form is used to flavor foods and beverages. It is mainly added to rice preparation. It can be applied directly to the gums for toothache and pain while going through dental work. As an anti-inflammatory, it can also be applied to the skin, mouth and throat. Clove is utilized as one of the ingredients in some toothpastes, soaps, perfumes, and cosmetics.