20 November 2008

Cardamom Oil is extracted from the seed of the plant, which is also used extensively in Indian and Asian cooking (you can, in fact, add a few drops while preparing meals). The same warming properties found in the spice also make the essential oil useful in massage oil formulas. The lovely aroma is found to be uplifting, invigorating and refreshing, adding a little spice on its own or to blends.

Its aroma is wonderfully rich and complex, seeming to appeal to those who found no particular oil's aroma very wonderous before; an interesting aromatic for the perfumer, and also often requested by those making flavored syrups for coffee and other drinks.

Botanical Name
Elettaria cardamomum

Origin
It is cultivated in India and Ceylon

Color
Clear and pale yellow in colour

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin, slightly watery in viscosity

Perfumery Note
Middle

Aroma
Spicy, woody, rich, sweet

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium

Extraction Method
The Cardamom oil is extracted by steam distillation from the seeds of the fruit gathered just before they are ripe

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Terpinyl acetate, cineol, limonene, sabiene, linalool, linalyl acetate, pinene, zingiberene

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, stomachic, tonic and anti-spasmodic

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • It works as a laxative and soothes colic, wind, dyspepsia and nausea
  • It warms the stomach and helps with heartburn
  • Cardamom oil can help with its refreshing and uplifting effect when feeling weak and mentally fatigued
  • Cardamom oil's expectorant properties help clear coughs
  • It is a well-known remedy for impotence and low sexual response
  • Use Cardamom oil in a Diffuser, rub on the stomach, solar plexus, or bottoms of feet. Use with a carrier oil and make a massage blend. Can be added to thyme and inhaled in steam to relieve lung congestion
  • Cardamom oil may help with indigestion, particularly that caused by nervous stress; can assist with coughs or congestion
  • Cardamom Essential Oil has traditionally been used as a tonic to the digestive system, as well as a component of many sensual aphrodisiac blends
  • It is listed in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a specific for flatulence and dyspepsia.
  • It is noted, like black pepper essential oil, to be a powerful digestive stimulant. In addition,
  • Cardamom oil can relieve nausea and may be useful for morning sickness in pregnancy for some mothers-to-be.
  • Cardamom oil is also noted for its antiseptic properties, and may stimulate phagocytic action of the immune system.
  • It is also thought to be supportive of the nervous system and could be useful in massage blends addressing sciatica.
Precaution
  • No indicate any special precautions when using this oil.
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant, use under a doctor's care.
Blend With
Rose, Orange, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Cloves, Caraway and Cedarwood, Neroli and Ylang-Ylang essential oils.

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