Botanical Name: Elettaria cardamomum
Plant Part: Seeds
Extraction Method: Steam
Plant Description: A perennial, reed-like herb, Cardamom grows wild and is cultivated in India and Sri Lanka. It grows up to 4 meters (13 feet) and has long, green silky blades, small yellowy flowers, with a violet tip and a large fleshy rhizome, similar to ginger. Oblong gray fruits follow the flowers, each containing many seeds.
Color: Pale yellow
Aromatic Fragrance: Cardamom essential oil is sweet, spicy and almost balsamic in fragrance.
Aromatic Strength: Strong
Common Applications: Cardamom is particularly helpful for the digestive system. It works as a laxative and soothes colic, wind, dyspepsia and nausea, even nausea caused by pregnancy. It warms the stomach and helps with heartburn. As a massage oil or diluted in the bath, Cardamom oil can assist with: digestive system, coughs and a general tonic.
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Storage Directions: Essential Oils should be stored in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Essential Oils should be stored in colored glass, the most common storage method being used today are Boston Round Bottles in the amber tint.
Blends Well With: Rose, Orange, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Cloves, Caraway and Cedarwood
Cautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.