Description : Elettaria cardamomum is a pungent aromatic herbaceous perennial plant, growing to about 2–4 m (6 ft 7 in–13 ft 1 in) in height. The leaves are alternate in two ranks, linear-lanceolate, 40–60 cm (16–24 in) long, with a long pointed tip. The flowers are white to lilac or pale violet, produced in a loose spike 30–60 cm (12–24 in) long. The fruit is a three-sided yellow-green pod 1–2 cm (0.39–0.79 in) long, containing several black and brown seeds.
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 anaphrodisiac.
- Cardamom is used internally for indigestion, nausea, vomiting and pulmonary disease with copious phlegm.
- It can be used with a laxative to prevent stomach pain, griping, as well as flatulence.
- Cardamom seeds are chewed to sweeten the breath and to detoxify caffeine, in people taking excessive amounts of coffee. They are also used as a spice in cooking and as a flavoring in other medicines.
- The oil made from cardamom seeds is very good for digestive system. It functions as a laxative and soothes colic, wind, dyspepsia and nausea. It also works to warm the stomach and helps with heart burn.
- In South Asia, green cardamom is extensively used to treat infections in teeth and gums. It is also used to prevent throat troubles, congestion of the lungs, pulmonary tuberculosis and inflammation of eyelids.
- Cardamom is also brought in used to kidney stones and gall stones.
- The culinary uses of cardamom are enormous, notably in India. In a variety of dishes, the seeds are bruised and fried before the main ingredients. In Scandinavia, cardamom is often used in baking dishes.
- Cardamom species, in a different genus Amomum, are used to make traditional Indian medicines.
- Among the other species and varieties of cardamom, Amomum villosum is used in making some traditional Chinese medicine, which can treat stomachaches, constipation, dysentery, and other digestion problems.
- ‘Tskao’, a variety of cardamom cultivated in Yunnan and China, is used for both medicinal purposes and a spice.
Ayurvedic Health Benefits :
- Combats against infections with strong anti-microbial properties
- Rich source of antioxidant to fight against cancer
- Natural insect repellent
- Alleviates stomachic and gastro-intestinal disorders
- Naturally detoxifies the body
- Relieves respiratory problems
- Lessens tension
- Rich source of nutrition for the total system