Monday, January 30, 2012

Cardamom Essential Oil

One of my favorite essential oils is Cardamom.  I use ground cardamom in numerous culinary recipes and often brew tea with an entire cardamom pod in the cup.  I like to use the essential oil in my lip balm recipes, body sprays and perfume blends.  Of course I buy it from Mountain Rose Herbs since they only carry Certified Organic and at a very reasonable price. Here is a bit of information about Cardamom Essential Oil from the Mountain Rose Herbs website.

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.

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, ylang ylang.

Of Interest:This oil has many applications in perfumery. It is added to oriental type aromas for soaps, cosmetics, and body care products.

Safety Data: Generally considered safe.

Where to Buy: Mountain Rose Herbs


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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs. Avoid use during pregnancy and breastfeeding unless discussed with your physician.