Steam distilled from the dried ripe fruit, Cardomon has sweet-spicy warming aroma. It is digestive and good for everyday stresses and strains.
Elettaria cardomonmum var. cardomum, cardamom, cardamomi, cardomum, mysore cardamom
Steam distillation of the dried ripe fruit (seeds).
Asia, southern India, Sri Lanka, Laos, Guatemala
A perennial, reed-like herb up to 4 meters high, with long, silky blade-shaped leaves. Its long stems bear small yellowish flowers with purple tips, followed by oblong red-brown seeds.
A colourless to pale yellow liquid with a sweet-spicy, warming fragrance with a woody-balsamic undertone.
Used as domestic spice in India, Europe, Latin America and Middle Eastern Countries. It has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for overt 3000 years, especially for pulmonary disease, fever, digestive and urinary complaints. Hippocrates recommended it for sciatica, coughs, abdominal pains, spasms, nervous disorders, retention of urine and also for bites of venomous creatures.
Current in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a specific for flatulent dyspepsia.
Blends well with
Rose, orange, bergamot, cinnamon, clove, ylang ylang, cedarwood, neroli and oriental bases in general
Cautions and comments
Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing
Main chemical constituents
Terpinyl acetate and cineol (each may be present up to 50 %), Limonene
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier. WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.