Aroma:Sweet, hot-spicy, very powerful note. Smells just like the spice commonly used in cooking, a bit exotic, yet soft and fruity.
Latin Name:Elettaria cardamomum
Country of Origin:Guatemala
Cultivation Method:Conventionally Grown
Extraction Method:Steam Distilled
Extracted From:Dried seeds
Color:Clear to pale yellow
Aromatherapy Properties:Warming, comforting, and refreshing. Aphrodisiac, uplifting, and soothing.
Suggested Use:Dilute Cardamom Oil in an unflavored/neutral Carrier Oil such as Grapeseed or Canola Oil, and use in preparing pastries, sauces, salad dressings and savory dishes. Add a drop of Cardamom Oil while preparing whipping cream; a wonderful addition to fruit salad, ice cream etc. Also try adding a drop to 16oz. of melted chocolate; maybe add some Orange Essential Oil as well. Cover nuts, dried banana chips, dried papaya and pineapple with this wonderfully aromatic chocolate...yummy!
Try making your own 'gingerbread honey' or syrup, and adding it to tea or desserts. This is not only delicious but helps to soothe the stomach as well. The following is a wonderful recipe for such a honey, great also for a homemade gift.
To 2oz. of maple syrup or honey, add:
- 3 drops Ginger Essential Oil
- 1 drop Cardamom Essential Oil
- 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
- 3 drops Vanilla Essential Oil
- 8 drops of certified organic Orange or Mandarin Orange Essential Oil
History:Well known as a domestic spice worldwide, Cardamom has been used in Eastern medicine since over 3,000 years and was already mentioned by Hippocrates.
Specific Safety Information:Non-toxic, non-irritating. Very powerful, use sparingly.