Cardamom essential oilis a spice oil that has been used medicinally for thousands of years and was revered by ancient Greeks and Romans (buy it here). It has a long history of being used for many purposes including enhancing digestion, getting rid of excess water weight, boosting the libido and stopping muscle spasms.
This oil, which is also known as cardamon essential oil, is steam distilled from the seeds of a plant known botanically as Elettariacardamomum. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cytotoxic, diaphoretic/sudorific, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, hypotensive, stimulant, stomachic, tonic and warming therapeutic properties.
1. Treat Allergies
Practice cardamom essential oil aromatherapy to combat seasonal allergies and allergic reactions to airborne fungal spores. Add a few drops to your diffuser, along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water, and run the diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes several times a day.
You can run the diffuser before you go to bed and/or set it up right before you go to bed so that all you have to do is hit the on switch in the morning. You can also mix 2 to 3 drops of cardamom EO into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and apply few drops of the blend to your chest and throat.
2. Alleviate Bronchitis
Practice cardamom EO aromatherapy to treat bronchitis. Its antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic and warming properties provide quick relief. Add a few drops to your diffuser with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water and run the diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. You can also add a few drops of eucalyptus EO and peppermint EO for additional benefits.
Make a soothing vapor rub with virgin, non-fractionated coconut oil, bees wax, olive oil and equal amounts of cardamom EO, eucalyptus EO and peppermint EO. Apply it to the chest and throat for soothing relief from chest congestion and sore muscles.You can also combine cardamom EO with a few resin-based oil for added benefits.
*A 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use.Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time.*
3. Quiet Coughs
Massage the 2% to 3% cardamom/carrier oil blend into your throat and chest to quiet coughs. You can also add 1 drop of cardamom essential oil to an 8-ounce glass of warm water and gargle with it to soothe the throat.
4. Clear Mucus
Practice cardamom oil aromatherapy to clear mucus from the sinuses, throat and chest. You can also apply the 2% to 3% blend to your chest, throat and sinus area for this benefit.
5. Treat Sinus Infections
Apply a 5% cardamom EO/carrier oil blend to the face directly over the sinuses two to three times a day to treat sinus infection. You can use any type of carrier oil with cardamom. Jojoba is great for dry skin, coconut oil is also good for dry skin and has numerous therapeutic properties. A lighter oil like argan is better for oily skin. Cardamom aromatherapy can also be used to treat sinus infections.
6. Improve your Appetite
Add 1 drop of cardamom essential oil to an 8-ounce glass of water and drink it half an hour before meals to stimulate your appetite. You can also put the drop of cardamom EO,along with 1 drop of virgin olive oil or avocado oil, into a vege capsule and take that or add 1 to 2 drops to your food while cooking. It is often used in Indian, Middle Eastern and Scandinavian dishes. Cardamom has a slightly citrusy, spicy flavor and is frequently used along with allspice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
*Cardamom essential oil is an extremely concentrated form of the spice. Add only 1 drop to the recipe, taste it to make sure it isn’t too strong, then add 1 more drop, if necessary.*
7. Alleviate Intestinal Cramps, IBS and Colitis
Gently, massage a 3% to 5% cardamom EO/carrier oil blend into the abdomen and lower back for relief from intestinal cramps, IBS, colitis and Crohn’s disease. You can also take 1 drop of cardamom EOin a vege cap with 1 drop of olive or avocado oil for relief.
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8. Treat Gastrointestinal Ulcers
Use cardamom essential oil to treat gastrointestinal ulcers by applying a 2% to 3% blend, taking 1 drop of cardamom with 1 drop of olive or avocado with meals or by practicing cardamom aromatherapy.
9. Get Relief from Constipation
Use cardamom essential oil in the same way as you would for IBS and colitis to get relief from constipation. Do the abdominal massage at night before you go to bed and in the morning when you get up. Be sure to drink plenty of water during the day.
10. Treat Diarrhea
Massage a 3% to 5% cardamom EO/carrier oil blend into the lower abdomen and lower back for relief from diarrhea.
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11. Reduce Indigestion, Gas and Heartburn
Massage a 3% to 5% cardamom essential oil/carrier oil blend into the entire abdomen to reduce indigestion, gas and heartburn. Start at the upper abdomen just over the stomach and work your way all the way down. The cardamom oil will regulate bile production and get your digestive tract functioning properly, which will alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms.
12. Treat Diverticulitis
Ingest 1 drop of cardamom EO with 1 drop of olive or avocado oil several times a day to treat diverticulitis. Put the oils in a vege capsule and take the capsule 20 to 30 minutes before a meal.
13. Alleviate Urinary Tract Infections
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