7. They have antibacterial properties.
A study conducted at the University of Buenos Aires put cloves to the test against some serious bacteria, like E. coli and staphylococcus. The research showed that clove oil was effective in eliminating these bacteria. There’s even a recipe for an herbal mouthwash made with tea tree oil, cloves, and basil. According to the Department of Periodontics at the KU Leuven University in Belgium, this natural mouthwash can improve gum health and reduce the amount of bacteria and plaque in the mouth after using it for only 21 days.