Chives

chopped chiveOil properties

Chives oil has a clear color, powerful smell, is clear to yellow in color and watery in viscosity.

Origins

As a member of the Allium genus, chives are related to garlic and onion. In fact, A. schoenoprasum is the oldest species of edible onion known and the only member of this genus that grows wild in both the New World (the Americas) and the Old World (Europe, Africa and Asia). The herb pairs well with fish and potatoes and the flowers are used to garnish soups and salads. It is also included in the classic French fines herbes seasoning blend and is an ingredient in tvorog, a type of soft cheese enjoyed in Russia and Poland.

Extraction essential oil

Chives oil is extracted from the flowering tops by steam distillation

Chemical composition

The essential oil of chives consists mainly of dipropyl disulfide, methyl pentyl disulfide, and penthanethiol. They contain vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and folic acid.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of chives oil are Expectorant, Diuretic, Protecting against infection, Relaxing spasms, Reducing blood pressure as well as blood clotting and blood sugar levels.