Cardamom Essential Oil

Elettaria Cardamomum is native to India and nearby parts of Asia.

For external and internal use. Use with diffuser or dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically.

Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Rose, and Ylang Ylang.

Known Uses

Cardamom essential oil is highly effective in relieving respiratory spasms and muscle cramps, including asthma, whooping cough and colic.

Diluted with water, cardamom oil is an excellent mouth wash. It has strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which help remove bad breath, heal oral infections, and relieve toothaches.

Cardamom oil stimulates the whole body. It keeps the stomach and digestive system healthy. It induces feelings of well-being that combat depression and helps maintains proper metabolism. It also acts as an aphrodisiac.

Cardamom oil promotes sweating and urination, helping to eliminate toxins from the body and clearing the bowels. It also warms up the body, helping to fight colds, headaches and diarrhea. These benefits helps lower blood pressure, manage weight and cleanse the kidneys of calcium deposits.

This oil also helps to counteract insect bites and the ingestion of mild poisons.

History

Cardamom has been used for thousands of years. It appears in the Mycenae archives as a flavoring agent or spice. Today it is still used commonly in foods and beverages as well as for medicinal purposes.
Before World War I, Oscar Majus Kloeffer, a German coffee grower, introduced cardamom from India to Guatemala. By 2000, and still today, Guatemala became the largest producer and exporter of cardamom in the world (the second largest being India).

Warning

No for use by pregnant or nursing mothers. It is considered generally safe for younger children, but do not use near the face of infants and young children as it may cause breathing troubles. Overdose can result in loose bowels and diarrhea, excessive heating up of the body, and restlessness.

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