e3’s Cardamon, Dark — Smooth, Rich & Warm
Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum
Country of origin: Guatemala
Part of the plant: Seeds of the dried, ripe fruit
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: 1,8-cineole, alpha-Terpinyl acetate, sabinene, linalool, limonene
Properties: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, appetite stimulant, carminitive, calmative, diuretic, antispasmodic, expectorant.
Aroma: Spicy, lightly sweet balsamic floral notes with woody undertone (Cardamom Dark has a smoother richer aroma than Cardamom)
Scent Note: Middle
Combines well with: Bay, Bergamot, Coriander, Fennel, Cedarwood, Rose, Patchouli, Firs, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lime, Clove Bud, Ginger, Citrus’, Ylang Yang
Cardamom has been used for thousands of years as a culinary spice. This Dark Cardamom essential oil is extracted from Cardamom seeds carefully cultivated in Guatemala. Its spicy, lightly sweet aroma beautifully blends with other oils, adding a little intrigue to an otherwise ordinary blend. From a therapeutic perspective, Cardamom is often used to support the digestive system, relax breathing, and can be uplifting to those struggling with fatigue or depression.
Which One to Choose, Cardamom or Cardamom Dark?
Similarities: Both Cardamom and Cardamom Dark are beneficial for promoting positive moods, relaxed open breathing, and calming digestive upset.
Differences: If you are creating a specialty blend or perfume, you may find the smoother, richer, and fuller aroma of Cardamom Dark a better choice. Cardamom and Cardamom Dark have spicy-sweet aromas, but Cardamom has a more camphorous sharper edge than the smoother, rounder, richer aroma of Cardamom Dark.
Benefits & Therapeutic Uses
Physical uses: Relaxed, clear breathing, calms nervous tension, supports digestive well-being, reduces stress, calms muscle spasms, eases nausea
Skin care uses: May help to reduce the appearance of blemishes and acne.
Psychological uses: Promotes positive mindset and mood while being soothing.
Subtle uses: Encourages inner harmony
Notes: Use Cardamom and Cardamom Dark in a 1-5% dilution. Avoid using with young children. Higher contents of 1,8-cineole may cause breathing difficulties for young children (generally ages 3 and under).
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Essential 3 offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
How You Can Use Cardamom Dark to Spice Up Your Life
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion. Apply to your upper chest and upper back.
Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. Dip, wring and apply 3 more times.
Diffusion: Follow the diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with a therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of a fan or air vent in your home or car.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again. (Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Massage: Mix 6-18 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
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The Methods of Use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)