Essential oils Monographs

Cardamom Essential Oil Monograph

Cardamom is refreshing and uplifting. Perfect for the digestive system, it helps with colic, gas, and nausea, and has a warming effect on the stomach which is especially useful for heartburn. Cardamom is also used as an expectorant. It has warming aphrodisiac qualities as it promotes a desire for intimacy.


Botanical Name: Elettaria cardamom

Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the seeds

Color: Pale yellow to pale green

Aroma: spicy balsamic

Yield: 0.6% – 1.0%

Blends well with: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, coriander, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang-ylang, rose

Therapeutic properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, diuretic, laxative, nerve tonic, stimulant, stomachic

As an aphrodisiac, burn 2-3 drops every 5 hours.

Dilute 2-5 drops max every 5 ml of carrier oil for a relaxing, calm and aphrodisiac massage.

In case of upset stomach and indigestion 2-3 drops max to 1 teaspoon of a carrier (5 ml) and massage clockwise; alternatively 4-5 drops in warm water applied with a compress