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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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Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

Topics: andrea butje, aromahead, aromahead institute, aromatherapy, cardamom, education, Essential Oils, ginger

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