Both masculine and feminine colognes and perfumes are energized by Cardamom essential oil's spicy and enchanting aroma. It is soothing, yet also very gently uplifting. Some aromatherapists recommend diffusing Cardamom essential oil to invigorate the home and workplace. It may support greater efficiency with its enlivening notes while it relieves nervous strains and improves moods.
A perennial, reed-like herb that grows up to 12 feet in height, Cardamom bears long sheathing stems that bloom yellow flowers with purple tips. Our pure essential oil is extracted from Cardamom seeds through hydro-diffusion.
The aroma of Cardamom essential oil is warm and spicy with middle notes that are lightly sweet and bordering on floral. A member of the ginger family, this well-known culinary herb is universally valued and used extensively around the globe as a lovely and lively flavoring agent. It is added to a varietal seed mixture offered in many Indian restaurants as an after-dinner treat to encourage a happy tummy. Cardamom has been mentioned as a useful herb from the time of Hippocrates to the current day British Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
The distinctive aroma of Cardamom essential oil adds a touch of magic, mystique and enchantment.
Botanical Name: Elettaria cardamomum
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Seed
Blends Well With: Bergamot, Cilantro, Ginger, Ylang Ylang, woods and other carminative spices
Aroma: Herbaceous, woody, balsamic, and spicy
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
- Cardamom essential oil, known in Latin as Elettaria cardamomum, is made via steam distillation. In steam distillation, plant material is placed in a still, water is added, then heat is applied to the unit. As water heats, plants release their essential oil, the oil rises with steam droplets that are sucked into a pipe and the oil and water are then separated. While it may not be possible to make Cardamom essential oil at home, you can make aromatic hydrosol water that contains many of the same therapeutic benefits as essential oil. Click here for instructions on how to make your own hydrosol.
- There are several ways to effectively use Cardamom essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water for respiratory health. 2.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use. 3.) Create a spray by combining 20 drops Cardamom and 1 tablespoon 190-proof grain alcohol in a glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Spray onto surfaces as an antiseptic and in the air to refresh your space.
- Citrus oils such as Sweet Orange and Bergamot make excellent choices in oil blends with Cardamom to improve mental clarity. Floral oils make lovely mates including Rose and Ylang Ylang and are a good combo that lowers blood pressure as well as in preparations for skincare. If you think of the lovely aromatics when cooking with spices that flavor Indian food, a small amount of Clove and Cinnamon used in a belly massage oil blend with Cardamom can add a lot of spicy warmth which help strengthen digestion and can be used for colds and to relieve chest congestion. Other spices also pair well with Cardamom such as Black Pepper, Coriander, Fennel and Ginger.
- If you do not have Cardamom on hand but want a blend to mimic that aromatic, try mixing and equal amount of Cinnamon and Ginger or Cinnamon and Clove Bud together. It wont be an exact match but will come close to give you the warmth and spicyness that Cardamom exudes in a blend. To decide which combination is suitable to your needs, hold up two bottles together to your nose and take a whiff. This will help you decide if you like the combination of Cinnamon and Ginger or if your preference lies with the union of CInnamon and Clove Bud.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them are by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Cardamom essential oil is not the optimal way to achieve its benefits as it lacks nutrients found in the whole pods. What’s more, the essential oil is often far more expensive than the pods that produce it. Therefore, we recommend using cardamom pods in cooking rather than essential oil.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
BATH SALTS: Combine: 2 drops of Cardamom, 1 drop of Lavender and 2 drops of Frankincense with 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Stir together and add to a full tub for a relaxing soak.
MASSAGE: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 1 drop of Cardamom, 4 drops of Black Pepper, 6 drops of Copaiba and 9 drops of Lavender, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake to mix well. Apply to overused muscles and massage well. (1.7% dilution)
RELEASE: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Cardamom, 5 drops of Ylang Ylang and 5 drops of Mandarin. Or add 5-6 drops of Cardamom to your Car Diffuser and diffuse in your car for a more peaceful drive.
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