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Cardamom Essential Oil


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Cardamom Essential Oil

by britten thompson

Cardamom (also called cardamon or cardamum) is a spice that is created from the seeds of two plants native to Indonesia. It is now the world’s third most expensive spice following vanilla, which is second, and saffron, which is first.

The first reference to cardamom as a medicine dates back to ancient Ayurvedic texts. It has been used for centuries to cleanse the body from the inside out. It has powerful therapeutic benefits for the digestive system.

Today, cardamom essential oil is used to support healthy digestion, reduce inflammation, treat congestion and sinus issues and to detoxify the body.


Cardamom can be a difficult essential oil to find when you’re looking to add the pure essential oil to your aromatherapy collection. If you’re looking for pure cardamom essential oil, we recommend purchasing from our affiliates on Amazon. Click here to order your own bottle of pure cardamom essential oil.

Cardamom essential oil has a number of therapeutic benefits including:

Relieve constipation with cardamom essential oil

When applied to your abdomen, or taken internally in a capsule, cardamom essential oil can help ease constipation. To apply to your abdomen, mix 5-6 drops of cardamom essential oil with one tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil (ours is jojoba oil) and apply the mixture in clockwise circles to your stomach. You can also try adding 1-2 drops of cardamom essential oil to an empty capsule once per day until symptoms ease.

Support colitis and crohn’s disease treatments with cardamom essential oil

For those who have colitis or crohn’s disease, applying cardamom essential oil to your abdomen will help support traditional medical treatments for these diseases. Mix 8-10 drops of cardamom essential oil with 1 tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil and apply it in clockwise circles to your abdomen. Repeat this throughout the day as necessary.

Ease stomach ulcers with cardamom essential oil

A stomach ulcer can be painful and uncomfortable. To ease the pain and burning sensation of a stomach ulcer, and to promote healing, add 2-3 drops of cardamom essential oil to an empty capsule and ingest it along with a full meal.

Promote focus and alertness with cardamom essential oil

When you need to focus, but you’re feeling a bit foggy, or you can’t quite keep your attention from straying, try diffusing cardamom essential oil. You can also rub a single drop of cardamom essential oil between your palms, cup your hands around you nose and mouth and inhale. This inhalation method is perfect when you’re on the go.

Balance emotions with cardamom essential oil

In moments when you feel your emotions getting the better of you, diffusing 8-10 drops of cardamom essential oil in your ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser. Cardamom essential oil helps to balance emotions and provides clarity in times of heightened emotions and tension.

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Cardamom is a spicy essential oil that blends well with other spices such as cinnamon, clove bud and nutmeg. For a lovely, fresh and uplifting blend, try blending cardamom essential oil with sweet orange or grapefruit essential oils. It also blends nicely with some floral essential oils including ylang ylang and geranium.

What is your favourite cardamom essential oil blend? Share your cardamom essential oil recipe with us here and we’ll feature you on The Essential Life Blog.


Here at The Essential Life, we recommend adding cardamom essential oil to your aromatherapy collection. It’s a lovely oil to blend with. To purchase cardamom essential oil from our affiliates on Amazon, click here.