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CARDAMOM ESSENTIAL OIL
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CARDAMOM DESCRIPTION

Native to the East originating in the forests of the Western Ghats in Southern India where it grows wild and is grown in Sri Lanka and cultivated today in Asia, Indo China and Tarzania, and Guatamala. The Cardamom plant grows in abundance in forests at 5,000 feet above sea level. The Vikings came upon Cardamom about one thousand years ago in Constantinople and introduced it into Scandinavia, where it remains popular to this day. One of the oldest, very ancient spices in the world, Cardamom is valued for its aroma, pungent taste and healing properties. Cardamom is a seed pod with an exotic fragrance of the Far East that is used in many Oriental dishes.

Cardamom has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years as a remedy for many digestive problems such as digestion and gas. Adding cardamom to milk neutralized its mucus forming properties and it detoxifies caffeine in coffee. It is a natural perfume of the vegetable kingdom, and the seeds are often used as an ingredient of old-time love potions. Cardamom is a mild stimulant. In ancient Chinese medicine, Cardamom tea was used to reduce the acidity of the stomach, stimulate digestion, and eliminate flatulence. Today Cardamom is an ingredient used widely in Christmas cookies, Danish and Swedish cookies, coffee cakes, pastries, teas and candies. Medicinally it is used for treating digestive problems like indigestion, gas, loss of appetite and cramps. It is also used in digestive remedies for its pleasant taste as well as its soothing properties. Cardamom is still used to treat involuntary urination, phlegm, colds, cough, bronchitis, asthma, anorexia and general debility as well as for disorders of the urinary tract. It is also used for digestive upsets, soothing a spastic colon and relieving flatulence and constipation.

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Cardamom comes in various forms and is an ingredient in numerous products. To take an infusion, take 1 teaspoon of freshly crushed seeds in 1 cup of boiling water, let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 3 times a day. Treating flatulence or to stimulate the appetite, drink a half an hour before meals. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions. Cardamom is a spice and generally regarded as safe, however, for those with ulcers, it is best to seek the advice of a health care provider before using Cardamom internally. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known. If you have gallstone, it could trigger a painful attack due to its stimulative effect on the gallbladder.

CARDAMOM ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE

  • Botanical Name: Elettaria cardamomum
  • Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distillation
  • Parts Used: Fruit
  • Note Classification: Middle
  • Aroma: Warm, green, spicy, balsamic
  • Largest Producing Countries: Guatemala, India, and Sri Lanka


  • TRADITIONAL USE

    Cardamom is native to India, and is used in Ayurvedic medicine for flatulence, colic, and poor digestion.

    PROPERTIES

    Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, diuretic, laxative, nerve tonic, stimulant, stomachic.

    BENEFITS

    Anorexia, constipation, cough, dyspepsia, halitosis, indigestion, flatulence, loss of appetite, muscular cramps and spasms, nausea, nervous strain, physical exhaustion, sinus headache, stomach cramps, vomiting. Cardamom may be added to a massage blend for upset stomachs.

    BLENDS WELL WITH

    Cardamom essential oil blends well with Bay, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Caraway, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Fennel, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang essential oils.

    OF INTEREST

    This oil has many applications in perfumery. It is added to oriental type aromas for soaps, cosmetics, and body care products. You can recognize Cardamom oil by its pale yellow, almost colorless hue and thin consistency.

    SAFETY DATA

    Generally considered safe. If you are pregnant or if you have high blood pressure, avoid using Cardmom oil in any form. When using the oil externally, always dilute it first with a carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond or Grapeseed oil, as it can irritate the skin. If such an irritation does occur, bathe the area with cold water. Do not used Cardamom oil or any essential oil, internally as it may damage the delicate lining of the digestive tract.


    The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.




    CARDAMOM OIL USE & THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS

    The seeds and dried , ripe fruits (pods) of Cardamom are hand-picked just before they open in the fall and are steam distilled to yield a powerful essential oil. Research conducted in the 1960s indicated that this oil has a strong antispasmodic action, confirming its use - both past and present - as a soothing remedy for bloating, indigestion, stomachache, and gas. Additionally, the oil is valuable in treating physical exhaustion and most muscle spasms, including menstrual cramps. When Cardamom oil is used in a bath, massage or vaporizer, the overall scent is pleasing - warm and spicy. This may account for the oil's popularity as an aphrodisiac. While Cardamom tends to overpower other scents, it will blend well with Bergamot, Caraway, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Cloves, Jasmine, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, and Ylang-Ylang essential oils.

    The most important medicinal constituents are in Cardamom essential oil, which contains borneol, camphor, carvone, eucalyptol and terpinene.

    CARDAMOM CONSTITUENTS

    Cardamom contains a-pinene, sabinene, b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, a-phellandrene, y-terpinene, p-cymene, linalool, linalyl acetate, terpinolene, terpinen-4-oil, citronellol, nerol, geraniol, a-terpineol, a-terpineol acetate, methyl eugenol and trans-nerolidol.



    Cardamom essential oil has been used throughout history - in particular ancient Indian (Ayurvedic) tradition - to treat asthma, digestive upset, anorexia, and kidney stones. Cardamom oil is used today to relieve cramps and coughs, alleviate tension, stimulate digestion and pamper the soul. Cardamom oil is an effective treatment for muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, stiff joints, exhaustion, bloating, gas and stomachaches.







    FOR STRESS

    Aromatherapists recommend the following essential oils to counter fatigue and alleviate mental stress.
    Combine these oils in an aromatherapy lamp or your diffuser for a refreshing and mood-lightening experience.

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    FOR MENSTRUAL CRAMPS

    With its antispasmodic action, Cardamom can help minimize menstrual pain by relieving cramps. To make an effective cramp-relief bath, blend these oils.
    Mix the essential oils and disperse the oils in a tub filled with warm water and soak for 20 to 30 minutes.

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  • FOR SORE MUSCLES

    A therapeutic massage using aromatic oils is a great way to combat muscle complaints. Cardamom oil is known to promote blood flow, which makes it an excellent remedy for stiff and aching muscles. For an effective massage oil, blend the following essential oils.
    Blend essential oils with a carrier oil and mix well. Rosemary essential oil also has stimulating properties. Use blend to massage sore muscle areas.

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  • FOR ROMANCE

    Certain essential oils have a long-standing reputation for increasing sexual desire. Both Cardamom and Sandalwood essential oils are among those that can help create a spirit of romance. They also have the added benefit of stimulating blood flow. Adding Orange essential oil will help dispel any tension.
    Mix essential oils well. For a romantic setting, diffuse this blend, add music and enjoy time with your loved one!

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  • FOR TENSION OR STRESS HEADACHE RELIEF

    To quickly alleviate a headache that is caused by tension or stress, use the following mixture.
    Apply a drops of oil, as needed, to a handkerchief, fold it in half to prevent direct skin contact and and then inhale the scent deeply once or twice.

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  • FOR COMBATING CELLULITE

    Aromatherapy can be successful in helping to combat cellulite, especially when using oils that improve circulation. To make a massage blend that does just that, blend the following oils.
    Mix essential oils into carrier oil. Blend well. Massage areas of cellulite with the mixture by using gentle upward stroking motions.

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  • FOR EASING PREMENSTRUAL TENSION & CRAMPING

    To ease premenstrual tension and help alleviate cramping, make a massage oil with the following oils.
    Blend essential oils with a carrier oil of your choice (Sweet Almond is suggested here). Gently rub the entire lower abdomen with the oil blend; then cover with a hot-water bottle for relief.

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  • FOR ROOM FRESHENER

    Enhance your home environment by making a fragrant and festive room freshener.
    Mix essential oils in a spray bottle of water. Shake the mixture well before each use.

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  • WARMING MASSAGE

    For a warming massage, combine oils and apply to skin with deep firm strokes.
    For instant inspiration, waft open bottle of Cardamom Essential Oil under nose.

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  • FOR CHRONIC COUGH

    For a chronic cough, try the following blend of essential oils.
    Put essential oils in a simmer pot.

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    Cardamom - Contentment


    Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum. Family name: Zingiberaceae. Cardamom oil is distilled from the seed and is imported from South and Central America. It has a spicy aroma with floral undertones. Cardamom has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for over 3,000 years. Some traditional uses: relieving mental fatigue, nervous strain, and heartburn; for healing coughs and bronchitis, anorexia, to uplift and warm, as an aphrodisiac. Avoid use on allergic skin. Emotional profile: to relieve inflexibility, suspicion, self-pity, confusion, intolerance. Blends with: rose, neroli, frankincense, cedarwood, orange, ylang ylang, bergamot, and clove.


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