Cardamom Essential Oil
Cardamom Essential Oil (Elettaria cardamomum) from India is Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil steam distilled from the seeds. Some spell it Cardamon and others Cardamom but, whatever way you spell it, it is a delightful essential oil with a spicy aroma.
Also known as cardamom, the reed-like Elettaria cardamomum is a perennial herb with long, tapering leaves growing to nearly 15 feet in height. Its little flowers are yellowish and purple and produce oblong seeds that are reddish-brown in color. It is from the dried seeds that Cardomom Essential Oil is extracted via steam distillation.
Native to the tropical regions of Asia, cardamom is widely cultivated in India, Sri Lanka, Laos, El Salvador and Guatemala. Our Therapeutic-Quality Cardamom Essential Oil is cultivated in India. This clear to pale yellow oil has a warm, sweet and spicy fragrance with a woody undertone, blending well with most spice oils, frankincense, rose, orange, bergamot, ylang ylang, cedarwood and neroli.
The properties of Cardamom Essential Oil include anticatarrhal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, calmative, cephalic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, and tonic (general, nerve, and sexual).
Cardamom Essential Oil has been used for complaints of the digestive system, as in:
- stomach cramps
- loose stools
- loss of appetite
With its nerve and sexual tonic properties, it has also been used in cases of nervous strain, mental fatigue, dizziness, poor memory and concentration, and as an aphrodisiac. Additionally, it is used in traditional aromatherapy as a general tonic for the body.
In Chinese medicine, cardamom is popular for respiratory issues such as coughing, wheezing, bronchitis, sinus and nasal congestion, and tightness of the chest. It is also used for the poisonous stings and bites of insects.
Familiar to most as a common spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, Cardamom has a history thousands of years old not only in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, but Western medicine as well. Hippocrates suggested Cardamom for abdominal pains, coughs, sciatica, nervous disorders, and more. In addition to its common usage for lung and digestive complaints, Ayurvedic medicine holds that Cardamon has a purifying effect that brings clarity, joy, and raises consciousness.
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
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