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Oil Name: Cardamom
Parts of plant used: Seeds
Botanical Name:Elettaria Cardamomum
Aroma:Sweet and spicy with citric tones

Cardamom Essential Oil uses, description and origin:

The bulk of Cardamom seeds  that are exported from Bombay to England find their way into Arabian blends of coffee where the spice is used to sweeten the brew.

The essential oil has been in use since the sixteenth century in Portugal.

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Cardamom Use for/In treatment of:

FlatulenceStomach crampsMind warmer

Cardamom Properties:

AphrodisiacAntisepticGeneral tonic

Cardamom Constituents (Cardamom Ingredients):

Below we list reported constituents of this Cardamom. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents.

Cineole: One of the two most important Monoterpene Oxides, the other is Ascaridole, Cineole is one of the most widely distributed constituents amongst plants as an oxidised product of monoterpenes. Cineole is often also called Eucalyptol, named so because it is the major component of Eucalyptus oil.

Cineole is a expectorant widely used in commercial cough lozenges. It has a reputation as a skin irritant amongst many practitioners but recent tests have failed to confirm this.

Terpineol: A Monoterpenol that is a major component of pine oils but also present in smaller quantities in other essential oils.
Terpineol is antibacterial and antiviral, an immune system stimulant, a good general tonic. In Essential Oils it is warming and uplifting.

Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb. Limonene also has antiviral properties.

Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.

Sabinene: No current data available

Farnesol: A Sesquiterpenol. Found in rose essential oil Farnesol is not irritant and bacteriostatic. Farnesol occurs in star anise, cassia, musk seed, balsam, citronella as well as rose.
Farnesol is used in the perfume industry to sweeten floral perfumes.

Sesquiterpenols: A Sesquiterpene with an attached alcohol group.


Cardamom Contraindications, do not use if:

We cannot warrant that this list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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