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Cinnamon leaf, Clove leaf, Allspice, and Caraway

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cinnamon leaf

We have already discussed in the cassia post about there being multiple species of cinnamon. Truth be told most commercially available cinnamon is from cassia, you can tell them apart by looking at your cinnamon sticks, cassia with be one thick layer while Cinnamomum verum will be multiple thin layers. The trees are only 30-50 feet tall and native to Sri Lanka. It is now also cultivated on a commercial scale in the Seychelles and Madagascar. The sticks from this species may be preferred for sweeter dishes because the flavour is less harsh. Records show Egypt importing cinnamon as early as 2000 BCE and the spice was prized by deities and kings. In Rome, Pliny mentions a pound of it costing the same amount as 50 months of labour at the time. Cinnamon leaves can be used as medicine in their own right having anti-microbial properties and decent nutritional density. Taken as a tea or cooked as a vegetable there can be distinct benefits. In aromatherapy cinnamon leaf essential oil is useful for deodorising, cleaning, and insect repellent.

Uses:

Diffused;

Bronchitis, colds, depression.

Topically;

Digestion, rheumatism, arthritis, nausea and vomiting.

Cautions:

Pregnant women should avoid during pregnancy due to risk of miscarriage.

Can be irritating to mucous membranes and skin.

High concentrations can cause convulsions.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min and seek medical attention immediately, permanent damage can occur.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.

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clove leaf

Cloves are the dried flower buds of a tree native to the Moluccas and now more widely grown throughout tropical zones in Asia. The tree grows to 8-12 meters tall and evergreen. The flowers are ready when they are crimson in colour and used as a key ingredient in many recipes around the world. Archaeological digs in Syria have found the buds in clay vessels potentially dating back to 1721 BC. Records also show a Chinese leader from the Han dynasty required people to chew them prior to speaking with him to freshen their breath. Yet more records show cloves were actively traded throughout the old world by Muslims, Indians, and obviously the Chinese. The leaves of the clove tree are particularly well suited to helping with oral health complaints according to Ayurveda medicinal practices. In aromatherapy clove leaf essential oil is useful for oral complaints, boosting immune function, and digestion.

Uses:

Diffused;

Bronchitis and lung infections.

Topically;

Acne, bruises, minor wounds to prevent infection, toothache, mouth sores, rheumatism, arthritis.

Cautions:

Use at high dilution to prevent skin and mucous membrane irritation.

Pregnant women should avoid due to uterine action.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists for more than 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.

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allspice

Allspice, named as such in 1621 by the English who felt it tasted of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves all at the same time, thus, allspice. The berries are picked while still green and dried. The tree is native to Mexico, Central America, and the Greater Antilles, it grows as a mid-canopy tree in it’s native range though it is now cultivated in many warm places in the world. In food the berries have become essential to dishes in the Middle East and in the Caribbean it is essential to making Jamaican jerk along with other dishes. It is even used in places like Germany by commercial sausage makers. The tree will grow to between 33-59 feet in height, with average soil and water needs. In order to germinate the seeds must go through a birds digestive system before being planted, for this reason it took some time before the tree could be grown outside of Jamaica. In aromatherapy allspice essential oil is useful for pain relief, anxiety, and digestion.

Uses:

Topically;

gassiness, cramps, indigestion, and painful joints.

Diffused;

stress, nervous exhaustion, and depression.

Cautions:

Always dilute to 1% due to dermal irritation.

Do not use while pregnant or around young children, adults only.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists for more than 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.

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caraway

Caraway is a biennial plant in the carrot family, North Africa, western Asia, and Europe. It grows 20-30 centimetres tall with the flower stems reaching up to 60cm in height. In food it is found in places like baked goods such rye bread, but also in liqueur, saurkraut, and harissa along with many other applications. The seeds or the essential oil is also used in personal grooming products like soap, lotions, and perfumes. Different species can be found throughout most of Europe, however only carum carvi is actively cultivated as a crop. Other species inhabit rocky, mountain zones like the Italian Alps. Carum carvi likes rich soil that is well drained so as not to swamp the roots. Caraway is well suited to the Finnish climate, so much so that they supply 28% of the world’s crop. In aromatherapy caraway essential oil is useful for increasing milk production, allergies, and digestion.

Uses:

Diffused;

Opens the lungs and clears them of inflammation and/or mucus.

Topically;

Increase milk production, reduce menstrual pains, infections, nervous digestion, colic.

Cautions:

Due to emmenagogue and galactagogue properties it is best avoided during pregnancy.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists for more than 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.


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