Cloves have been used as a medicine for over 2,000 years. They are part of Indian Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western Herbalism. Clove oil is considered one of the top ten essential oils because of its medicinal properties. It is a wonderful culinary and medicinal herb used to treat nausea, vomiting, rheumatism and diarrhea. Traditionally, they have been planted to mark the birth of a child. If the tree failed to thrive, it was considered a bad sign. Cloves are associated with love and protection.