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Organic Cardamom Essential Oil


Cardamom

Cardamom essential oil is derived from the genus species elettaria cardamomum. Cardamom essential oil comes from the plants and seeds of a reed-like, perennial herb. The oil has a spicy sweet aroma that is refreshing and uplifting. Cardamom generally grows wild, but is cultivated in Ceylon and in India

Cardamon is used by many to assimilate the emotional and spiritual energies into the mental and physical bodies; and used to find the balance between these two bodies. It is most beneficial to the digestive system, but is also used as a cough remedy, and as a general mood enhancer.

Cardamom is rich in micro nutrients and vitamins that include pyridoxine, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, sodium, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc and phosphorous.

History

Cardamon has been used since ancient times. The Egyptians used cardamom in incense and in perfumes. They also chewed it to make their teeth whiter. The Romans used it for indigestion. In Saudi Arabia, cardamom was ground and used in coffee. In the Middle East, Europe and India, Cardamom was referred to as “grains of paradise,” and was considered “chief of all seeds,” by William Cole, a 17th century English herbalist. Valerius Cordus was the first person to distill the essential oil in 1544.

Coffee magnate, Oscar Majus Kloeffer, introduced Indian cardamom (kerala) to cultivation in Guatemala prior to World War I. As of the year 2000, Guatemala had become the largest producer and exporter of cardamom in the world, followed by India.

The unripened fruit of the cardamom plant is used to create the essential oil, via steam distillation of the seeds.

What is steam distillation?

Extracting essential oils by steam distillation takes place three different ways:

To use:

Apply topically or diffuse to affect clear breathing. Added to salads, smoothies, bread or meat, cardamom essential oil can be used to aid digestion and to enhance the flavors of the food. Inhale or diffuse cardamom essential oil to achieve a sense of mental clarity and openness.

Directions for Use:

To use topically, apply one to two drops of cardamom essential oil to the preferred area. Dilute with carrier oil to minimize skin sensitivity. For internal use, dilute a single drop in 4 ounces of water, juice or other liquid. To diffuse, place from three to four drops in a nebulizer or diffuser.

  • Straight steam
  • Water distillation
  • Steam/water distillation

Extracting essential oils using straight steam entails forcing steam through the plant material, then collecting the oil.

Water distillation is the method used when plant material is submerged into boiling water. The oils and steam are physically captured, then separated. Essential oils are the result.

The steam/water distillation method of essential oil extraction take place when water and steam are pushed through and around the plant material. As the oils and steam are collected, they are separated to produce the essential oil.

How to use:

Apply topically or diffuse to affect clear breathing. Added to salads, smoothies, bread or meat, cardamom essential oil can be used to aid digestion and enhance the flavors of the food. Inhale or diffuse cardamom essential oil to achieve a sense of mental clarity and openness.

To use topically, apply one or two drops of cardamom essential oil on the preferred area. Dilute with carrier oil to minimize skin sensitivity. For internal use, dilute a single drop in four ounces of water, juice or other liquid. To diffuse, place from three to four drops in a nebulizer or diffuser.

Therapeutic Properties

  • Antispasmodic
  • Tonic
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    Antiseptic
  • Carminative
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    Stomachic
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    Cephalic
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    Digestive aid
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    Expectorant
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    Stimulant

Blending with Cardamom:

  • Cedarwood
  • Rose
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    Bergamot
  • Caraway
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    Cloves
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    Orange

Allergic reactions and precautions

There are very few allergens and precautions associated with the use of cardamom essential oil, so common sense applies. The possibility of skin sensitivity exists, so it is best to apply with a carrier oil.

The substance should be kept out of the reach of children. Woman who are nursing, pregnant, or who are under the care of a physician should consult their doctors prior to use. Users should avoid contact with any sensitive areas of the body, including the inner ears and eyes.

Cardamom essential oil is derived from the genus species elettaria cardamomum. Cardamom essential oil comes from the plants and seeds of a reed-like, perennial herb. The oil has a spicy sweet aroma that is refreshing and uplifting. Cardamom generally grows wild, but is cultivated in Ceylon and in India.

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