Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum
Country of origin: India
Part of the plant: Seeds of the dried, ripe fruit
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Alpha-terpinyl acetate, 1,8 cineole, linalyl acetate
Properties: Antiseptic, digestive stimulant, anti-inflammatory, calmative, diuretic, antispasmodic, expectorant.
Physical uses: Indigestion, nausea, heartburn, stomach ache, poor circulation, feeling cold, muscle spasms, respiratory congestion, coughs.
Skin care uses: Not recommended for skin care use. (e3 defines skin care as a condition that affects the surface of the skin.)
Psychological uses: Anxiety, mental fatigue, mild depression, low libido, emotional coolness.
Subtle uses: Promotes enthusiasm.
Notes: Use cardamom in a 1-5% dilution.
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Essential 3 offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
Methods of Use
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion. apply to 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 diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with 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 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.
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 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.)