Cardamom oil is extracted from Elettaria cardomomum (also known as Elettaria cardomomum var. cardomomum) of the Zingiberaceae family and is also known as cardamomi, cardomum and mysore cardomom.
Cardamom oil is sweet, spicy and almost balsamic in fragrance, is clear to pale yellow in color and slightly watery in viscosity.
Origin of Cardamon oil
A perennial, reed-like herb, Cardamom grows wild and is cultivated in India and Ceylon.
It grows up to 4 meters (13 feet) high and has long, green silky blades, small yellowy flowers with a violet tip and a large fleshy rhizome, similar to ginger. Oblong gray fruits follow the flowers, each containing many seeds.
Cardamom was well known in ancient times and the Egyptians used it in perfumes and incense and chewed it to whiten their teeth, while the Romans used it for their stomachs when they over-indulged.
The Arabs ground it to use their coffee and It is an important ingredient in Asian cooking. Valerius Cordus first distilled the essential oil in 1544 after the Portuguese discovered the East.
The essential oil of Cardamom is extracted by steam distillation from the seeds of the fruit gathered just before they are ripe. The yield is 1-5 %.
The main chemical components of cardamom oil are a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, linalyl acetate, terpinen-4-oil, a-terpineol, a-terpineol acetate, citronellol, nerol, geraniol, methyl eugenol and trans-nerolidol.
Cardamom oil is non-toxic and non-irritant as well as non-sensitizing.
The Therapeutic properties
The therapeutic properties of cardamom oil are antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and tonic.
Cardamom oil is particularly helpful for the digestive system. It works as a laxative and soothes colic, wind, dyspepsia and nausea – even nausea in pregnancy. It warms the stomach and helps with heartburn.
When feeling weak and mentally fatigued, cardamom oil can help with its refreshing and uplifting effect.
Cardamom oils’ expectorant properties help clear coughs. It is a well-known remedy for impotence and low sexual response.
Cardamom oil is most beneficial to the digestive system, but can also help with the treatment of coughs, and a general feeling of not feeling that well.
- Burners and vaporizers
- In vapor therapy cardamom oil can be useful for the digestive system, for coughs and fatigue.
- Blended oil or in the bath
- As a massage oil or diluted in the bath, cardamom oil can assist with digestive system, coughs and be used as a general tonic. It is excellent in the bath, leaving you feeling refreshed and stimulated.
Cardamom blends well with
It blends well with rose, orange, bergamot, cinnamon, cloves, caraway and cedarwood.
Skin & Hair Care ~ fights against premature ageing ~ creates skin radiance ~ skin toner ~ helpful in treating a variety of skin infections & natural cleanser ~ prevents breakouts of acne & pimples ~ promotes sweating
Body Care ~ aphrodisiac properties ~ arousing effect that can help cure sexual weakness, erectile dysfunctions, impotence, loss of libido & frigidity
Immune System ~ provides relief from headaches
Digestive System ~ recommended for the treatment of digestive complaints ~ boots digestion ~ works as a laxative and soothes colic, cramps, flatulence, wind, dyspepsia and nausea – even nausea in pregnancy ~ warms the stomach and helps with heartburn
Musculoskeletal System ~ highly effective for muscular spasms & rheumatism
Nervous System ~ Stimulates & clears the mind, refreshing & uplifting properties ~ recommended for nervous exhaustion, fatigue & depression
Respiratory System ~ recommended for the treatment of catarrhal conditions such as asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis, sinus & lung infections ~ clears congestion, coughs & respiratory spasms ~ relieves symptoms of the common cold
Emotional ~ Spiritual ~ warming qualities ~ brings spiritual awakening, insight & wisdom to the soul, opens our hearts & minds to love & generosity ~ boosts your spirits ~ assists with bringing clarity to a situation where selfishness destroys love, or the mind is confused & the heart torn
Blends well with ~ Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cajeput, Caraway, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Clove Leaf, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper, Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Myrtle, Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Rose, Rosewood, Tangerine, Tea Tree, Thyme
Safety ~ non-toxic, non-sensitising & non-irritating