Steam distilled from the prized seeds of the Elettaria cardamomum plant, cardamom oil’s rich, complex aroma is warm and green, yet zesty and balsamic. In aromatherapy, cardamom oil:
- Uplifts and invigorates the senses.
- Offers a sense of clarity.
- Comforts during occasional times of disquiet.
What is Cardamom?
Treasured by cultures around the world, cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is an herbaceous member of the ginger family native to India. It grows wild in the forests of the Western Ghats, where its lively green leaves and green, paper-like skinned pods can be found flourishing. Within these pods lie the tiny black seeds that have made cardamom a staple of cuisines, beliefs, and traditions near and far.
One of the world’s oldest spices and the third most expensive spice by weight, cardamom is a prized plant indeed! Evidence of its use dates back 4,000 years; the ancient Egyptians used cardamom in wellness traditions and spiritual rituals, while the Greeks and Romans used it topically and in perfumery. The Vikings, upon leaving Constantinople, brought the fragrant herb back to Scandinavia, where the spice remains ingrained in recipes to this day.
Cardamom Essential Oil
The aromatic cardamom essential oil was first distilled in 1544 by German botanist Valerius Cordus. The seeds are hand-harvested right before ripening, then are dried and steam distilled to extract the complex essential oil. Cardamom oil’s unique fragrance is distinctly warm and green, while also being zesty and balsamic.
In aromatherapy, cardamom oil is often used to comfort during occasional times of tension that we all experience from time to time. It helps instill a sense of clarity, while being sublimely uplifting and invigorating.
Blending essential oils opens up a world of wellness possibilities! Other oils that complement cardamom oil’s complex fragrance include: bay, basil, black pepper, caraway, Cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, coriander, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, petitgrain, sandalwood, Vetiver, and ylang ylang oils.
PipingRock's pure Cardamom Oil is available in 1/2 oz. bottles.
Cardamom Oil Directions for Use
Add 3-5 drops of Cardamom Oil to a diffuser or vaporizer, to a bowl of steaming water or a hot bath to fill a room with its rich scent. To use topically, add ~5 drops of Cardamom Oil to ~10 mL of any PipingRock carrier oil.
Cardamom Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil before being used topically. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Always consult your trusted physician before adding any essential oil to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. Discontinue use and alert your doctor should an adverse reaction occur. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyes and mouth. Essential oils are flammable.