Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
The oils in this spicy blend not only perk up a cup of tea or add a delicious flavor to cookies, scones and so on, but the oils are noted to help with digestion, mental clarity, energy, stress, headaches, fungal issues, respiratory infections and are anti-inflammatory (rheumatism, arthritis, muscular aches and pains).
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply as desired for the need.
Internal: Suitable to add to dry tea and/or baked goods such as cookies and scones. One drop may be added to a teaspoon of honey before mixing with hot tea, which may help the essential oils to disperse better.
The quality of the oils used in Chai Spice are suitable for internal use within safe parameters, if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. See safety information below.
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1. I just made a Chai spray for a friend's daughter who had her wisdom teeth out. She is having a lot of pain and not healing well. She loves chai tea, so I used that blend for her to spray in her mouth with a little extra clove and ginger. I use a little glycerin, water and 30-40 drops of essential oil. It's numbing, antibacterial and tasty! And when she's all better, she can still use it to up her Chai flavor without all the sugar/caffeine in traditional mixes ;) I just made myself a Cinnamint one with Peppermint and Cinnamon. It tastes like those Brach's candies of my youth! - Sydney
Clove: Drug interaction Caution (oral): anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders (Tisserand p. 255). Tisserand notes that "since eugenol significantly inhibits human MAO-A (Tao et al 2005), oral doses of eugenol-rich essential oils may interact with pethidine, indirect sympathomimetics, MAOIs or SSRIs."
Clove: Dermal Caution: Hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin, children under 2 years of age.
Clove: Avoid orally: Individuals with clotting or bleeding disorders, major surgery, childbirth, peptic ulcer or hemophilia.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK, 2013, pages 57-59, 254-256.