Hidden Secrets of Cardamom Oil & the Cardamom Plant

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Botanical name (Latin): Elettaria cardamomum
Plant family: Zingiberaceae
Aroma profile: Cardamom Essential Oil smells spicy, woody, rich and sweet.
Perfumery note: Middle
Essential oil extraction method: Steam distillation
Native region/origin
: Guatemala
Growing habit: Spindle-shaped and have a triangular cross-section
Parts used: Seeds
Breathe Beauty:Spicy-sweet, Rich and Warm

Benefits of Cardamom Essential Oil

The health benefits of cardamom essential oil can be attributed to its ability to reduce spasms, neutralize the adverse effects of chemotherapy, reduce nausea, as well as its qualities as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, aphrodisiac, astringent, digestive, stomachic, stimulant, and diuretic substance.

Cardamom is known as a warming spice, and the essential oil is no different. The warming effect helps facilitate proper blood circulation. Diffusing cardamom essential oil throughout a room and inhaling the vapor helps regulate the flow of oxygen throughout the body and increase nutrient absorption.

Cardamom essential oil’s antiseptic and antimicrobial properties make it ideal for disinfecting minor wounds and keeping your skin and mouth healthy. This oil can help fight off bacteria in the mouth that lead to cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

History of Cardamom Essential Oil

Cardamom is considered to be one of the world’s oldest spices. The use of this spice dates back at least 4000 years. Ancient Egyptians used Cardamom for many medicinal purposes, as part of rituals and even for embalming. They chewed cardamom pods as a way to help keep their breath minty and to help clean their teeth.

The Greeks and Romans used Cardamom for its pungent aroma.  It was a main ingredient in perfumes and aromatic oils.

Vikings first discovered this spice during their travels and brought it back to Scandinavia.

Cardamom originally came from wild plants located in the Western Ghats in Southern India. The plants grew in such abundance in this region that this area became known as Cardamom Hills.

During the 19th century, plantations of cardamom were set up by British colonists and this is where much of the green and black cardamom that we use still comes from today.

Guatemala is the biggest commercial producer of cardamom. In some parts of Guatemala, it is considered even more valuable than coffee as a crop.

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