PORTRAIT

Cardamom

ESSENTIAL FACTS

Plant Parts: Seeds
Botanical Family: Zingiberaceae
Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols, Esters, Oxides
Country of Origin: Guatemala
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Cultivation Method: Wild Crafted
Aroma: Spicy, Sweet, Warm and Radiant
Note Classification: Middle
Approx. Shelf Life: 5 years
Distillation Date: 5/28/2013
Batch: 7701

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PROPERTIES

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiemetic – reduces severity of nausea or vomiting
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative – may assist in preventing gas
  • Cephalic – remedy for the head (in this case, clears the head)
  • Decongestant
  • Digestive aid – stimulates the stomach and digestion
  • Rubifacient – generates localized increase in blood flow and circulation by irritation of skin, will often reduce pain and swelling
  • Tonic – strengthens and restores vitality
  • Warming

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Refreshing, invigorating,
  • Balances energy,
  • Invites mental clarity,
  • Balance for those who worry excessively

RECIPES

For Digestive Distress (caused by gas and tension)

4 drops Cardamom

6 drops Roman Chamomile

3 drops Ginger

1 drop Peppermint

Blend in 1 oz cream or carrier. Massage into abdomen as needed.

SAFETY

Safety: The 1,8 cineole content may cause dry skin if used often. If you’re using it often on the skin, such as in a bath or massage oils, use in a low dilution. The hot and spicy nature can cause skin irritation if not diluted.

Cardamom should not be used for children under 5 years old, as 1,8 cineole can also cause CNS and breathing problems in young children. Use with caution on children between 5-10 years old.

 

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