Cardamom Essential Oil

by Andrea Butje on January 20, 2011

Cardamom essential oil, made from Elettaria cardamomumCommon name: Cardamom
Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum

January is a great time to talk about Cardamom essential oil! The winter can be damp. Cardamom is known to reduce damp, congested conditions in the respiratory and digestive systems.

When suffering from cold or flu, try using Cardamom essential oil to reduce chest and head pain.

5 drops of Cardamom
5 drops of Opopanax (Commiphora guidotti)
Add to to a blank inhaler.

I’ve found that this simple inhaler blend can open up the breath, reduce congestion, and relieve a headache.

Cardamom can also help alleviate nausea. I like to add 2 drops of Cardamom to a small handful of jojoba oil and apply it to my lower back and belly. It’s warm and soothing.

Cardamom belongs to the same family as Ginger (Zingiberaceae), and they’re both warming oils that assist digestion.

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Chemical Families: Esters, Oxides
Plant Part: The oil is extracted from the seeds
Botanical Family: Zingerberaceae
Aroma: Spicy, Sweet, Warm and Radiant

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

margaret January 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

love cardamom! Thanks for the recipe Andrea!


Admin January 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

Margaret-My pleasure!


susan January 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Does using an inhaler distribute the oils better to your sinuses? I’m trying to figure out how it’s different from inhaling oils from a bottle….


Andrea Butje January 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Sue-yes, the inhaler allows the oil to go deeper into your lungs. Ideal if there is a lower respiratory track infection.


Mel January 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

love it!


paula begel January 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I love cardamom as an essential oil and also a new appreciation for the herb !


Christine January 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I had the wonderful opportunity to walk amongst Cardamom while in India. What an experience to see the plant in all cycles; sprouts, full grown, flowers and finally to harvest. Ahh! the beautiful smell of FRESH Cardamom.


Treadmill Traci January 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Thank you for the interesting tip that Cardamom may help with headaches. Are there other essential oils that will do the same?


Andrea Butje January 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I often use Frankincense and it works well.


Jessica January 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Thank you for the massage idea, I’m looking forward to trying it! What do you know re: internal safety for cardamom oil? I use the pods/seeds in digestive blends and in cocoa, spiced truffles, etc., but hadn’t thought to use the oil until now. Any contras you know of? Thanks and blessings!


Andrea Butje January 28, 2011 at 7:29 am

Hi Jessica, in my personal opinion there is no need to use the oil in your products, as the spice is potent and works wonders. The oil is so concentrated the flavor might disturb your truffles.


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