Cardamom Essential Oil
Cardamom is an herbaceous perennial plant native to southern India and has been a highly valued spice since ancient times. It is part of the ginger family.
- Botanical Family: Zingiberaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Seeds
- Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Variations: It is typically steam distilled, but is also available via C02 extraction.
- Chemistry: Cardamom is comprised of the oxide (1,8 cineole) and the ester (terpinyl acetate).
- Digestive: Supports the digestive system, especially for conditions caused by stress or nervousness. It is also helps relieve nausea.
- Musculoskeletal: pain relief for muscular and joint aches and pains
- Nervous System: relieves mental fatigue, depression, and anxiety while improving concentration
- Respiratory: supports the respiratory system when it is inflamed
- Reproductive: supports cervical health, is an aphrodisiac, and helps with impotence and frigidity
- Pregnancy: helps to relieve, nausea and digestive upsets caused by stress or nervousness, pain relief, improves concentration, and promotes relaxation relieving stress
- Spiritual: Supports the Sacral Chakra focusing on energetic relationships, pouring its unconditional love into the heart chakra, while opening the Third Eye Chakra to gain perspective and clarity.
- Scent Profile: Mid to base note that features a spicy, refreshing aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Cardamom can last up to 100-200 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Spicy, Herbaceous
- Blends well with: Black pepper, Black Spruce, Cinnamon leaf, Clove, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Green Myrtle, Laurel, Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Maritime Pine, Rosemary ct. cineole, Scots Pine, Thyme ct. linalol, Thyme ct. thymol, and Turmeric
- According to Tisserand & Young: Cardamom is high in 1,8 cineole and should not be applied to or near the face of babies and children due to the risk of CNS and respiratory problems.
Products Using Cardamom Essential Oil
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand Institute. "Essential Oil Safety Masterclass." Course Materials. 2018.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.