Cinnamon and Clove Essential Oils
There’s no doubt about it, cinnamon and cloves – or at least their smell and taste – are indelibly associated with Christmas festivities. What would a Christmas pudding be without these amazing seasonings? And when I grew up, everybody had to have a bit of Christmas pud after the meal, no matter how small. It wouldn’t be Christmas without, would it?
There’s much more to these spices than just at Christmas. Cinnamon is used in many Eastern dishes, though you probably won’t be able to pick it out from all the other flavors. Recent research has found that it is an amazingly beneficial addition to the diet, as it lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, as well as being an effective treatment for arthritic pain.
Cloves are used in herbal medicine to treat indigestion and nausea, and chewing on a clove is a folk remedy for toothache.
So far as the essential oil goes, two of the three essential oils extracted from cinnamon and cloves are really only suitable for professional use and the third should never be used at all.
Cinnamon essential oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs or the dried inner bark (shown in the picture – this is the part used as a spice) of the Cinnamomum verum tree. This produces 2 distinct essential oils. The first is cinnamon bark oil, which should not be used in aromatherapy, as it is toxic. It is mainly used by the food industry. The other, cinnamon leaf oil, is safe if used in moderation, though probably best left for professionals. It can, however, be used as a room fragrance.
Clove bud oil is extracted from cloves, which are the flower buds of Syzygium aromaticum. This is the safest type of clove oil, though even this should not be used by beginners except for one purpose. A cotton bud soaked in clove oil makes a wonderful topical emergency toothache remedy. Great for times when no dentist is available (like Christmas), but not for long term use. Don’t overdo it, as the more you use it on any particular occasion, the less well it works, and in any case, clove oil is not good for you in any quantity. Get thee to a dentist as soon as possible if you have need of this remedy! And here’s hoping you don’t need it over the next few days at least.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or some other festival at this time of year, I hope you had (or will have) a great time and I wish you a happy New Year.
Where to get your cinnamon and clove oils
Here’s my list of suggested supplier “Amazon Store” for good quality cinnamon and clove essential oil in your area.