Cinnamon was once more valuable than gold! A favourite household spice, Cinnamon was once traded as currency. Cinnamon is thought to have many medicinal and soothing properties, and is used frequently in Chinese herbal medicine. The distinctive smell of cinnamon derives from essential oils contained in the bark called Cinnamaldehyde, this oil displays antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Clove is highly valued as medicine as carminative, aromatic and stimulant. The antibiotic and antiseptic properties of clove oil are used in medicine such as dentistry and oral and pharyngeal treatment. Cloves include many compounds that are linked to anti-inflammatory properties. One of the most important compounds is called Eugenol. Eugenol has been shown to reduce the inflammatory response in the body reducing the risks of diseases such as arthritis and support to manage symptoms.
Cinnamon and cloves contain potent antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties — perfect for the winter months.