Cardamom Essential Oil
Cardamom Essential Oil Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum
Synonyms: Elettaria cardomonmum var. cardomum, cardamom, cardamomi, cardomum, mysore cardamom.
Plant family: Zingiberaceae
Extraction: Steam distillation of the dried ripe fruit (seeds).
Origin: Asia, southern India, Sri Lanka, Laos, Guatemala.
Plant characteristics: A perennial, reed-like herb up to 4 meters high, with long, silky blade-shaped leaves. Its long stems bear small yellowish flowers with purple tips, followed by oblong red-brown seeds.
Cardamom Essential Oil characteristics: A colourless to pale yellow liquid with a sweet-spicy, warming fragrance with a woody-balsamic undertone.
Traditional use: Used as domestic spice in India, Europe, Latin America and Middle Eastern Countries. It has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for over 3000 years, especially for pulmonary disease, fever, digestive and urinary complaints. Hippocrates recommended it for sciatica, coughs, abdominal pains, spasms, nervous disorders, retention of urine and also for bites of venomous creatures.
Current in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a specific for flatulent dyspepsia.
Cardamom Essential Oil Blends well with: Rose, Orange, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clove, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Neroli and oriental bases in general.
Cautions and comments: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.
Main chemical constituents: Terpinyl acetate and cineol (each may be present up to 50 %), Limonene.
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.