Essential Oil Education: Cardamom - Naturally Blended

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Essential Oil Education: Cardamom

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 [2].  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

If you’ve got a big study session ahead or are just looking for a mental boost, diffuse 3 drops Cardamom, 2 drops Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, 1 drop Basil Linalool [3].

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. [1] 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.

[1] J. G. Angel, Director, How to Grow Cardamom – TvAgro. [Film]. 2015.

[2] J. K. &. R. Bull, Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques, CreateSpace, 2015.

[3] V. A. Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Novato: New World Library, 2016.

8 thoughts on “Essential Oil Education: Cardamom”

  1. I recently purchased cardamom for some third chakra work. I love this scent and am excited to try the blends mentioned. My whole family is suffering from allergies, so this is great timing.

  2. It’s so interesting that you posted this. I’ve been wanting to make a cardamom blend for a couple days. I just started a new (temp) job and its later hours and I wanted something to ground me but keep me alert and also I’ve been battling congestion related to fall weather.

    I just made a blend with cardamom and lime (and a bunch of other things). I didn’t know about all the benefits of cardamom but I know I like the smell and it feels pretty grounding. It just felt like the right oil for tonight – and it was! Reading this confirms all of what I had intuitively felt about it!

    1. Thank you for your positive feedback, Emily! Also, it doesn’t say right now on the label, but it is kidsafe too!

    1. So glad you were able to learn something new from this article! It’s so true, we’re all on a journey of knowledge, constantly evolving.

  3. Kimberly! There you are, my dear friend!
    Thank you for this eye-opening, informative article. I do a happy dance every time I can learn more about an essential oil, and I already love cardamom as a spice, so this was right down my alley! Definitely going on my wishlist 🙂

    1. Gina my dear hello! So glad that you enjoyed the article, I must say, Cardamom is one of my favorite oils for grounding myself! Be sure to let me know when you get it!

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