Cardamom Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Cardamom essential oil (Elettaria cardamomum) is actually from the ginger family, and steam distilled from the seeds after they've undergone a long drying process (over 3 months!) to get the best levels of chemical constituents possible. Although it can be sourced from many locations around the world, Guatemala is widely known to have the best growing conditions to produce the most potent oil. When I first smelled cardamom oil, I can't say I was impressed. It has a sweet, spice-like aroma... like ethnic food, which isn't to say it's bad, just that it reminds me more of a good restaurant than a favorite essential oil.
Something important to note about cardamom: It's generally gentler and safer for children than other oils. Because many digestive or respiratory oils, such as Eucalyptus or Peppermint, are often avoided with younger kids, it can be hard to find suitable solutions. But cardamom can actually be a great substitute for many digestive and respiratory needs. I would still dilute, partially because little bodies don't need big drops.
- Eases indigestion and maintains an optimal gastrointestinal balance
- Promotes clear breathing and respiratory health
- Calms stomach upset and uplifts mood
- Flavorful spice for cooking and baking
Emotionally and spiritually, cardamom essential oil is often used for issues centering around anger or frustration. This could include blame, frustration, judging others, rage, outbursts, etc. It's said to help you step back from a situation to see it more clearly from a less attached perspective. It might also help you to make changes that require you to be honest with yourself and take responsibility for things you have either created or have the power to change.
How to Use Cardamom Essential Oil
Traditionally, cardamom essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Cardamom Essential Oil
Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Popular Uses of Cardamom Essential Oil
- Use internally as part of a daily health regimen to support healthy gastrointestinal function.
- Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing.
- Add to bread, smoothies, meats, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.
- Diffuse or inhale on boat or car rides.
- Diffuse several drops of cardamom essential oil throughout the room to help you take responsibility where needed.
- For emotional balance, Diffuse as desired, or massage over the energy centers of the body.
- Diffuse several drops of cardamom essential oil throughout the room to address anger.
Inspiration for Using Cardamom Essential Oil
Lavender Cardamom Bath Salts: Add 2 cups Himalayan pink salt, 6 drops Cardamom and 4 drops Lavender in a pint sized jar (glass not plastic, mason jars or recycled jars are our favorites) and shake.
Conditioning Beard Oil:
- 15ml Argan Oil
- 15 ml Jojoba Oil
- 4 drops Cardamom essential oil
- 7 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- 4 drops Grapefruit Essential oil
- 3 drops Bergamot essential oil
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils