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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

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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

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