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Cardamom Essential Oil
Cardamom Essential Oil is a beautiful and intriguing oil to explore for both aromatic and therapeutic blending.
Aromatically, Cardamom Essential Oil is a spicy-sweet middle note that blends well other spice oils, citrus oils, wood oils, and so many other oils. It's not an oil that I generally use as a single-note though many do enjoy diffusing it on its own. To me, Cardamom Essential Oil shines as a "team player" when blended with other oils. It makes an ordinary blend come to life.
Emotionally, Cardamom Oil is uplifting and energizing. It might offer promise to those challenged with stress, fatigue, depression or despair. Cardamom Oil is considered an aphrodisiac.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Spicy, woody, rich, sweet.
Cardamom Oil Uses
Appetite (loss of), colic, fatigue, halitosis, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 63-67.] A number of sources also acknowledge that Cardamom Oil acts as an expectorant.
[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 199. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 232.]
Tisserand and Young indicate that due to its 1,8 cineole content, Cardamon Oil may cause CNS and breathing problems in young children. They caution against using Cardamon Oil on or near the face of infants and children. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 232.]
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