MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Cardamom Essential Oil and what it can do for you

MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Cardamom Essential Oil and what it can do for you

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 one of these - Cardamom - and discuss what it can do for you

  • Botanical Name  Elettaria cardamomum
  • Aroma                 Woody, rich, warm and spicy, sweet, pungent
  • Aromatic Note    Middle
  • Uses                    Supports digestion, eases nausea, clears congestion, reduces inflammation and soothes joint pain.

Did you know? It's really expensive...Cardamom is the 3rd most expensive spice in the world by weight after vanilla and saffron..and really old...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, fronm the green pods which form after flowering. 

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? An Oil for Painful Swollen Joints. This oil recipe is crafted by Andrea Butje, founder of the Aromahead Insitute where I am doing my qualification 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.

Treat yourself! If you like this oil then head over to Malavara and check out our Lime Vetiver range.

How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely?an understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. Most people will never experience a negative reaction to essential oils but it can happen and there is nothing we can do to guarantee 100% safety. We have highlighted some guidelines to follow to help minimize the risk in a separate blog, but if you are regularly making your own blends for yourself, your family and others it is worth investing a copy of the “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents. 

And another thing..Cardamom Essential Oil 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 (see below) on this oil for the full lowdown.

Want to learn more? 

  • “The Heart of Aromatherapy” by my teacher and founder of the Aromahead Institute, Andrea Butje
  • “Essential Oil Safety” Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 2nd edition 2014
  • “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” Valerie Ann Worwood

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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