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Cardamom: The Oil Of Objectivity

A native of Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to conventional Indian sweets and beverages for its cold, minty flavor. Cardamom is a well-liked spice that is used in many recipes all over the world and is referred to as the “queen of spices”. 

A close relative of Ginger, cardamom is known for its capability to promote digestive system when consumed. Cardamom is frequently used internally to help relieve stomach discomfort. Due to its high 1,8-cineole concentration, Cardamom has significant benefits on the respiratory system and encourages clear breathing. Its distinctive aroma can foster a happy environment too.

  • Main Chemical Components: Terpinyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, linalyl acetate, sabinene, linalool
  • Cardamom is known to have calming effects on the digestive system, a property thought to originate from its high monoterpenoid ester content. Examples of other essential oils with high amounts of monoterpenoid esters are Lavender, Clary Sage, and Roman Chamomile. Our Cardamom has high amounts of the monoterpenoid esters terpinyl acetate and linalyl acetate. When taken internally in a veggie cap, Cardamom oil slows down muscle contractions in the intestines, easing occasional bowel looseness.
  • Because of its high monoterpenoid ester content, Cardamom can be used to calm the whole body in general, not just the digestive system. To calm body and mind, try diffusing Cardamom aromatically or using Cardamom in the AromaTouch® Hand Technique


Fun Facts


Only one percent of the world’s cardamom plants are distilled for essential oil, while the balance is harvested and sold into the global spice market. Guatemala is the world’s largest exporter of cardamom for the spice market. 

Cardamom oil is produced from seed pods, which typically contain 10-20 seeds per pod. These pods are dried for 36 hours and then sold either as a spice or for distillation. 

Co-Impact Sourcing


doTERRA has established a Co-Impact Sourcing initiative to help local growers improve their quality of life. By providing a new drying facility for the cardamom plants in Sika’abe, Guatemala, doTERRA has helped improve the efficiency of the cardamom harvesting and production process. Before, cardamom growers had to travel far distances to dry the product, which was problematic due to the short shelf life of cardamom seeds.

Cooking with Cardamom oil


It is better to use either whole pods or the essential oil for baking or cooking. Although you can purchase ground cardamom at your neighborhood grocery shop, the flavor of the original seed will probably be lost in the grinding process because the essential oils begin to lose flavor. You can typically acquire the desired amount of taste by using one drop or less (by dipping a toothpick in the oil and swirling it in your mixes). Cooking with the oil rather than the powder also gives you some of the digestive benefits of Cardamom oil along with the flavor.

For your Diffuser

Cardamom oil’s scent has calming and soothing properties in addition to its ability to soothe the digestive system. Consider diffusing cardamom essential oil in your preferred essential oil diffuser if you want to encourage openness or feelings of mental clarity. Diffusing cardamom oil fosters mental clarity and provides a generally peaceful and soothing sensation.

Skin Application

Cardamom essential oil’s relaxing and soothing effects can also be felt when applied topically. Apply cardamom oil to the skin for a cooling, refreshing sensation whenever you wish to calm or chill your skin. Remember to dilute Cardamom essential oil with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil before putting it to the skin to help prevent skin sensitivities or irritation.
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