Spices are from the root, stem, seed, fruit, or bark of the plant. This means that Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, and Juniper Berry all fall under the spice category.
Like the herb essential oils, the spice essential oils are all steam distilled.
All of the spice oils’ most obvious use is in cooking—these are potent oils however, so all that is needed in most instances is a toothpick. Cooking with these oils helps enhance the flavors in the dish, and also carries over some of the benefits of the spice oil—for example, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cassia, Coriander, and Cumin, Dill, Fennel, and Ginger all maintain gastrointestinal health or promote digestion when taken internally. Cassia and Cinnamon Bark also have been known to support and strengthen the immune system.*
Again, I’m no chef, but these oils offer more benefits outside the kitchen as well, check them out (more coming soon)