Scientific name: Elettaria cardamomum
Oil origin: Seeds
Extraction: Steam distillation
Aroma: Sweet and balsamic
Odor strength: High
Evaporation: Top note
Cardamom is a prized spice that is listed as the 3rd most expensive in the world following vanilla and saffron. Guatemala is the world's largest producer with India second. Cardamom is considered a powerful aphrodisiac in India. It is thought to improve libido and help with frigidity and impotence. The warming qualities of cardamom oil help to assuage muscles and work as an antispasmodic agent. As with all essential oils, cardamom is antibacterial and antimicrobial.
Cardamom is commonly used to help soothe occasional stomach discomfort. Its distinct scent can promote a positive mood. Cardamom also has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health.
Cardamom essential oil is an exotic addition to cosmetic applications, personal care formulations, soaps, perfumery, and aromatherapy.
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Safety precautions: Extremely potent use with care. Consult a professional reference for correct dilution ratios prior to application.
Avoid in pregnancy and lactation. Keep away from eye area. Keep out of reach of children.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
"In our study, E. cardamomum seed essential oil showed good adulticidal activity against C. maculatus, T. castaneum, and E. kuehniella, confirming its usefulness as a candidate for the control of insect pests in stored products."
"E. cardamomum seed essential oil—derived materials might be useful for managing populations of C. maculatus, T. castaneum, and E. kuehniella in enclosed spaces such as storage bins, glasshouses, or buildings because of their fumigant action, provided that a carrier giving a slow release of active material can be selected or developed."
Complete Scientific Study Available: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3281396/
"Elettaria cardamomum can potentially be used in the treatment of various infectious diseases caused by microorganisms that are showing resistance to currently available antibiotics."
Complete Scientific Study Available: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3863444/