Botanical Name: Elettaria cardamomum
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Parts Used: Fruit
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Warm, green, spicy and balsami
Largest Producing Countries: The largest producing countries of cardamom oil are India, Sri Lanka and Guatemala.
Traditional Use: Cardamom is a native of India and is a widely used ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines. It is also used in many of the Indian recipes.Ancient Indian scriptures mentions about cardamom and cardamom oil and it has prescribed for weight loss, urinary tract infections, bad breath, indigestion and jaundice. Traditionally Indians chew cardamom wrapped in betel leaves for better digestion and in the modern India it is been continued.
Cardamom oil is an effective medicine in curing muscular and respiratory seizures. It gives relief for muscle pulls and cramps, breathing problems like the asthma and whooping cough. It acts as the perfect antispasmodic. It is an effective antimicrobial and antiseptic too. It disinfects the oral cavities with just a mouth wash and eradicates bad breath. By adding a few drops of oil to water it kills all the germs and purifies the water. Adding a few drops to the bathing water kills all the germs and also disinfects the skin and hair. It acts as a very good digestive and it stimulates the complete digestive system. It protects the stomach from infections and keeps the stomach healthy. The stimulant quality of the oil boosts the spirit in you if you are suffering from fatigue or depression. It helps in boosting the metabolic systems of the body by stimulating the secretion of various enzymes and hormones, peristaltic motion, gastric juices, circulation and excretion.
Cardamom oil warms up the body and promotes sweating. It clears congestion in the chest and reduces cough. It provides relief from severe headaches and other related diseases like cold etc. It is a fantastic diuretic and helps in lowering blood pressure. It removes toxins and cleans up the system and removes the calcium and urea deposits from the kidneys. Cardamom oil is ideal to promote urination and help the kidneys work better. Cardamom oil is the ideal medicine to defuse the effects of tobacco. It is widely used for mild poisonous intake and insect bites. People also used it for removal of bad breath, toothaches and oral infections. The oil has special qualities to cure sexual weakness and erectile dysfunctions and impotency.
Blends Well With: Cardamom oil blends well with rose, bergamot, cinnamon, clove, caraway and orange oil. This oil blends well with bay, black pepper, cedarwood, fennel, coriander, grapefruit, ginger, jasmine, lemongrass, lemon, cubeba, litsea, mandarin, palmarosa, neroli, sandalwood, ylangylang, vetiver, patchouli and petitgrain oil.
Of Interest: Cardamom oil is used in many perfumes. It is also an important ingredient in the production of soaps, cosmetics and different kinds of body care products.
Safety Data: Cardamom oil is comparatively safe oil and there is no toxic effects consuming cardamom oil. But like any other oil excess usage is not advisable. Excess usage heats up the body resulting in stomach upsets and irritation. Pregnant woman and breast feeding mothers are advised to consume cardamom oil.