Exploring Cardamom Essential Oil: Benefits and Uses

Its warm, spicy fragrance with hints of sweetness offers various benefits for relaxation and mood enhancement

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By Manu

Cardamom Essential Oil

Cardamom essential oil is renowned for its ability to alleviate digestive discomfort. Additionally, it possesses expectorant and toning properties, and it’s even useful in combating bad breath. Let’s explore all its benefits together.

What is Cardamom Essential Oil?

Cardamom essential oil is derived from the steam distillation of dried cardamom seeds. It has a sweet, aromatic scent and a very light yellow color.

As we’ll delve into later in this article, this oil boasts numerous properties and is often employed for its digestive capabilities. It effectively relieves stomach pains and promotes digestion and diuresis.

The Plant

Cardamom is a wild plant native to tropical areas, belonging to two genera of the Zingiberaceae family. It can grow up to 3 meters and produces beautiful yellow flowers when in bloom.

Its seed pods are red and have a highly aromatic and pleasant taste reminiscent of anise. In India, they’re frequently used in teas and infusions.

Characteristics of Cardamom Essential Oil

It appears as a transparent liquid with a light yellow color.

The scent of cardamom essential oil is warm, spicy, and sweet, with a slightly floral undertone. It exudes a rich, exotic aroma reminiscent of ginger and cinnamon, but with a unique, distinct fragrance of its own. The scent can be described as both invigorating and comforting, making it popular in aromatherapy for its ability to uplift the mood and promote relaxation.

Uses of Cardamom Essential Oil

Let’s look at the main uses of cardamom essential oil:

  • Promotes digestive functions
  • Aids in gas elimination
  • Regulates gastrointestinal motility
  • Alleviates stomachaches
  • Freshens breath and fights bad breath
  • Relieves headaches
  • Acts as a nervine tonic
  • Clears phlegm and relieves chesty coughs

Properties of Cardamom Essential Oil

Cardamom essential oil is recognized for the following properties:

  • Digestive
  • Carminative
  • Expectorant and anticatarrhal
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiseptic
  • Tonic
  • Rich in active antifungal principles

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How to Use Cardamom Essential Oil

Now that we’ve seen its benefits, let’s explore how to use cardamom essential oil according to different needs:

  • For aiding digestion: Dilute 3-5 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil (or another carrier oil) and massage into the abdominal area. Once absorbed, cover the area with a warm cloth and remain lying down for a few minutes.
  • For headaches: Mix 3 drops of essential oil in 100 ml of cold water. Soak a cloth or gauze in it and place it on the forehead. Wait for about 15 minutes with your eyes closed, making sure to moisten the cloth several times.
  • For halitosis: Take a glass of water and add 4 drops of essential oil. Gargle with this solution 2 to 5 times a day.
  • For massages: Dilute 6-7 drops of essential oil in 30 ml of sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or another carrier oil for relaxing and toning massages.
  • Expectorant effect: Take 50 ml of jojoba oil and add 5 drops each of cardamom, cypress, basil, lavender, and anise essential oils. Rub the mixture on the chest with gentle massage for about 10 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
  • Aromatic toning bath: Dilute 10 drops of essential oil in bath water and soak for at least 10 minutes.
  • Ambient diffusion: A few drops (1 drop of oil per square meter of space) in a radiator humidifier or in a suitable burner releases a pleasant scent with energizing, stimulating, and aphrodisiac effects. It’s also useful for relieving headaches and coughs, as well as calming stress and anxiety.
  • Cosmetics: Locally, cardamom essential oil is often used to combat acne and pimples.

Q&As about this Essential Oil

Here are some frequently asked questions about cardamom essential oil:

Can I Use Cardamom Essential Oil in Cooking?

You can use this essential oil in cooking to flavor foods and beverages. For example, you can use it to add an extra touch to a salad or to flavor certain fruit-based preparations, such as cooked apples or compotes, thanks to its intense flavor.

However, it’s important to use it sparingly as it is very concentrated and can easily overpower the taste of food.

Where to Buy Cardamom Essential Oil

It is readily available in herbal medicine shops and perfumeries. How much does it cost? Comparing prices from various websites, the indicative average price for a 5 ml bottle is $15.00.

How to Store This Essential Oil

You should keep it tightly closed in its container, stored in a cool, dry place away from light and heat sources.

Contraindications

Do not use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or in children under 6 years old. Internal use should only be done under the advice of a doctor and for a limited period of time.

Before proceeding with external application, it is always advisable to do a sensitivity test by applying a small amount of product to an area of the body such as the wrist or elbow crease.

Always remember that in general essential oils should never be used undiluted.

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