Enjoy spicy, warming, and comforting essential oils? Try Cardamom essential oil. Cardamom essential oil comes from the cardamom plant, an herbaceous perennial that is a member of the ginger family and native to Southeast Asia. It grows up to 13 feet tall and has long pointed leaves, and bears fruit pods that contain 15-20 brownish seeds. These seeds are harvested, dried, and steam-distilled to create 100% pure essential oil. While cardamom is widely cultivated throughout Asia and the Middle East, Guatemala is the largest producer of cardamom in the world as of today.
Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, dating as far back as the 4th century BC, cardamom is deeply calming and soothing for the body and mind. It’s also a popular spice in Indian and Scandinavian cooking, and is probably best-known for its spicy-sweet aroma and flavor. Today you’ll find it in everything from chai tea to candles and body care products. Keep reading to find out the benefits of cardamom essential oil and how you can incorporate it into your wellness routine.
Cardamom Essential Oil Benefits
Great for the skin, scalp, and mind, cardamom essential oil has a wealth of benefits when applied topically or inhaled.
Cardamom Essential Oil Benefits for the Skin
Evens skin tone
Soothes dry, cracked lips
Balances skin oil levels
Relieves skin irritations
Aids in the healing of minor cuts and scrapes
Cleanses skin and prevents breakouts
The natural cooling sensation helps ease tense muscles
Cardamom Essential Oil Benefits for the Hair
Cleanses and clarifies the scalp
Strengthens and nourishes hair follicles
Adds shine and vibrancy
Cardamom Essential Oil Benefits for the Mood
- Energizing and uplifting
- Calms and comforts uneasiness
- Promotes mental clarity
Cardamom Essential Oil Uses
Ready to start using cardamom essential oil? Here are some of our favorite ways to use it to support your body and mind, and enhance your surroundings.
For the body
Add 4 drops of cardamom essential oil to 1 ounce of your favorite face cleanser to reduce the frequency of acne breakouts.
Add 4 drops of cardamom essential oil to 1 tablespoon of shampoo and wash hair to promote shine and strengthen locks.
Mix 3 drops of cardamom essential oil and 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage into the scalp to remove flakiness and protect hair follicles.
Add 2 drops of cardamom essential oil and 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, to your diffuser along with water (as directed) to promote clear breathing.
For the mind
Add 2 drops of cardamom essential oil, 1 drop of cinnamon essential oil, and 2 drops of cedarwood essential oil and to your diffuser along with water (as directed) to promote mental clarity.
Mix 4 drops of cardamom essential oil and 3 drops of rosemary essential oil with 1 teaspoon of honey and add to a hot bath to soothe a worried mind and promote relaxation.
Add 2 drops of cardamom essential oil to the cotton insert of an essential oil inhaler and breathe deeply to ground yourself while traveling, at work, or on-the-go.
For the home
Add 3 drops of cardamom essential oil, 3 drops of ylang ylang essential oil, and 2 drops of ginger essential oil to your diffuser along with water (as directed) to deodorize the home.
Add 4 drops of cardamom essential oil and 4 drops of geranium essential oil to 2 cups of dried rose petals, mix, and pour into a potpourri sachet.
Place sachets in drawers or cabinets to freshen and rid unwanted odors.
What Blends Well With Cardamom Essential Oil?
Because cardamom essential oil has a strong aroma, it is best used in combination with other essential oils. The warming, comforting scent can be complemented by spicy, woodsy, and floral varieties including:
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Ginger essential oil
- Geranium essential oil
- Rosemary essential oil
- Cedarwood essential oil
- Ylang ylang essential oil
Cardamom Essential Oil Safety
Overall cardamom essential oil is safe to use, however, some can find it irritating. Never apply cardamom essential oil to the skin directly and always combine it with a carrier oil before use. It’s best to conduct a skin patch test before applying it to a larger area. Cardamom essential oil should only be applied topically or inhaled, and not ingested. When diffusing cardamom essential oil, make sure you’re in a well-ventilated room and do not leave your diffuser on for long periods of time. For more essential oil safety tips, take a look at this article.
All About Cliganic Cardamom Essential Oil
Cliganic Cardamom Essential Oil is USDA Certified Organic and made from steam-distilling cardamom seeds that are sustainably sourced from Sri Lanka. It has an inviting spicy, woodsy, and sweet scent. As with all Cliganic products, it’s free of chemicals, parabens, SLS or other artificial ingredients, and cruelty-free. Plus, it’s 3rd-party tested for purity.
Cardamom is a fantastic essential oil to add to your beauty and wellness rituals. It can help cleanse and soothe the skin and is deeply nourishing for the scalp. Additionally, it can help boost your mood and promote clarity and focus. If you’d like to learn more about spicy-sweet smelling essential oils, take a look at this article: Clove Bud Essential Oil: Origins, Benefits & Uses.