Cardamom Essential Oil

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Cardamom Essential Oil 100% PureBotanical Name: Elettaria cardamomum
Plant Family: Zingiberaceae
Country of Origin: India
Plant Part: Seeds
Growth Method: Organic
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
Consistency: Thin
Strength of Aroma: Strong

Cardamom (also spelled Cardamon) is best known as a pungent and aromatic spice used to season dishes in Southeast Asia. This perennial herb belongs to the same plant family as Ginger (Zingiberaceae) and exhibits much of the same warming quality. The plant is native to the forests of Southern India but mostly cultivated in Sri Lanka and Guatemala. The growth habit of Cardamom is rhizomatous in nature. A mature Cardamom plant can have towering-high leafy shoots reaching 1.5 to 6 meters tall. Cardamom essential oil is found in the large parenchyma cells under the epidermis of the seed coat, with content varies from 2 to 10%. The oil is extracted from dried ripe seeds through steam distillation.

The Cardamom plant has been used in Eastern traditional medicine for over 3,000 years. It was found to be good for sciatica, abdominal pains and retention of urine. It is also a highly effective digestive remedy, with antispasmodic, carminative, and anti-inflammatory qualities, making it useful in cases of irritable bowel syndrome and colic. In India, Cardamom is used both in the form of a spice added to food, and as a medicament to relieve digestive pain and discomfort. Cardamom can also be used in a chest rub for colds, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, such as sinus congestion or wheezing.

The scent of Cardamom essential oil is quite similar to Camphor, with warm and spicy yet sweet top notes and a hint of woody, balsamic undertones. Inferior variants of Cardamom oil, however, contain a slight hint of Eucalyptus.

The fragrance of Cardamom oil is fortifying, uplifting and perfect for easing nervous exhaustion, depression and lethargy. Its aroma can lift the spirits and inspire courage and fortitude. For those who feel "spaced out", Cardamom provides an earthy, grounded relaxation.

  • Bergamot
  • Caraway
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Labdanum
  • Lavender
  • Neroli
  • Olibanum
  • Rose
  • Sweet Orange
  • Ylang Ylang

Cardamom oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitive. However, due to its powerful nature, it is best to use in low concentrations.

Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment. Pregnant women should always consult their physician prior to using.

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