MALAVARA UNCOVERED | Cardamom Essential Oil

MALAVARA UNCOVERED | Cardamom Essential Oil

Our signature Lime Vetiver fragrance blends 10 incredible essential oils to create notes that are rich with the heritage of India. Here we look in-depth at Cardamom essential oil and discuss its uses and benefits!

Botanical Name: Elettaria cardamomum

Aroma: Woody, rich, warm and spicy, sweet, pungent

Aromatic Note: Middle

Benefits: Supports digestion, eases nausea, clears congestion, reduces inflammation and soothes joint pain.

Did you know? Native to India, Cardamom is thought to be one of the oldest spices used for medicinal purposes. The essential oil is produced through steam distillation of the small seeds, from the green pods which form after flowering. Cardamom is also the 3rd most expensive spice in the world by weight after vanilla and saffron!

What is it used for? Cardamom has one of the most diverse uses across the essential oils. Therapeutically, it offers fantastic support for the digestive system, and can calm nausea and tummy cramps. It is also used to help reduce inflammation and pain, to boost circulation and warmth and to clear congestion.

Will I like it? Aromatically, it is a spicy-sweet middle note that blends well other spice oils, citrus oils, wood oils. Emotionally it is uplifting, comforting and energizing.

How can I use it?  This Oil for Painful Swollen Joints recipe is crafted by renowned Aromatherapist Andrea Butje and combines cardamom with rosemary, geranium and peppermint essential oils, all of which have properties to encourage circulation, reduce inflammation and sooth painful joints.

  • 2oz (60ml) arnica oil
  • 9 drops cardamom
  • 9 drops rosemary ct. camphor
  • 9 drops geranium
  • 9 drops peppermint

Make this directly into a 60ml glass bottle: pour the arnica oil into the bottle and add the essential oils. Massage into painful joints.

How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely? An understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. You should check out our Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for tips and resources on the safe use of essential oils! If you are regularly making blends for yourself and others, it is worth investing in  Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents.

Safety InformationCardamom is a powerful oil that can sometimes cause skin irritation, so use a lower dilution of around 1% if you are using it for skin products and balance it with skin-kind oils and carrier bases. Aromatherapy experts Tisserand and Young indicate that due to its 1,8 cineole content, Cardamon Oil may cause breathing problems in young children and caution against using it on or near the face of infants and children. Read Tisserand and Young's full profile on this oil for the complete breakdown.

Before you go, make sure you check out our Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for important guidelines on the safe use of essential oils!

    Disclaimer: Before you make any recipe, check the shelf lives of your ingredients and any safety concerns for the essential oils. These blend suggestions are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition and should be used on the understanding that Malavara accepts no responsibility for any adverse reactions caused as a result of following these recipes.



    Alexandra Turner, better known as Alix, is the co-founder of Malavara. Having spent 15 years working with European Luxury Goods brands, Alix's passion for wellness, aromatherapy and travel led her to India and Ayurveda. Alix lives in London and keeps busy with a day job, a toddler and our exciting Malavara journey.

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