Cardamom is a favorite essential oil for many because of its spicy aroma and uplifting and calming benefits. It is one of the traditional warming oils that may be familiar to many because of its uses in the culinary world. It helps encourage a calm, clear, focused, problem-solving mindset. Also, it can promote generosity, graciousness, creativity, and sensuality . Try diffusing it with your favorite citrus essential oil to give yourself a mental boost.
In addition to stimulating and uplifting your mind, Cardamom can also benefit your body. Check out a few of our favorite uses.
Can help with concentration and information retention
Ease an upset stomach
It can also be incredibly soothing to an upset stomach. Mix 10 drops, 4 drops of Ginger Root CO2 and 4 drops of Peppermint with 1 ounce of your favorite carrier oil. Then massage onto your abdomen as needed.
Supports upper respiratory health
If seasonal allergies or sicknesses have been bothersome, try this diffuser recipe to help support your respiratory system and aid in breathing. Add 3 drops Eucalyptus Globulus, 2 drops Cardamom, 2 drops Pine Scots to your diffuser.
Minimize discomfort from inflammation
This essential oil can also be used to help ease pain and discomfort. Because it is a traditional warming oil, it creates a warming sensation when applied topically. Combine 1 ounce carrier oil, 5 drops Cardamom, 5 drops Frankincense Serrata, 5 drops Chamomile German CO2, 3 drops Marjoram Sweet and apply to areas of concern.
To better understand this amazing essential oil, let’s take a look at what it takes to grow cardamom.
To thrive and survive, it needs to grow in a certain environment: 2000-5000 feet above sea level, 65°-95° Fahrenheit, 75% humidity, on a slope between 5°-20°, in sandy loam soil (mostly sand), and shade 70-80% of the plant. You might ask yourself why farmers would choose to grow something that requires so many specifics to thrive. Pests are of little concern as cardamom naturally repels them. Additionally, if they get enough great care they will continue to produce fruit pods for decades!
These herbaceous plants grow up to 13 feet high and 5 feet wide, with pods 3/4” long. Leaves and pods cover the thick stocks covered in leaves and pods, and small flowers grow off the leaves. Found inside of the pods are the seeds of the cardamom.  Once cardamom is harvested, it needs to be dried. The pods are sorted by size and color into their grade categories. The seeds are then removed from the pods and then steam distilled to extract the essential oil.
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