Cardamom scientifically known as Elettaria Cardamomum is a popular spice widely used in cooking.
Its oil is extracted by steam distillation from the seeds of the fruit gathered just before they are ripe and is sweet, spicy and almost balsamic in fragrance and is clear to pale yellow in colour, it contains antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and tonic therapeutic properties.
Valerius Cordus was the first to distil the oil in 1544 after the Portuguese discovered it in the East.
As a massage oil or diluted in the bath, cardamom oil can assist with the digestive system, coughs and be used as a general tonic. It is excellent in the bath, leaving you feeling refreshed and stimulated.
Due to its strong antimicrobial property, this oil can destroy harmful microorganisms or slow down their growth.
A few drops of cardamom oil can prevent our foods and drink from getting spoiled by microbes. It can also enhance our oral hygiene by killing germs and eliminating bad breath when used as a mouthwash.
It promotes the discharge of urine, which eventually helps in keeping our kidneys free from urea and calcium deposits, eliminating toxic materials from our body, reducing high blood pressure and getting rid of excessive body weight because of its diuretic property.
Cardamom oil can be applied on the skin regularly as a natural cleanser. It can open our skin pores and prevent break outs of acne and pimples. Cardamom oil stimulates your entire system.
This stimulating effect also boosts your spirits in cases of depression or fatigue. It also stimulates the secretion of various enzymes and hormones, gastric juices, peristaltic motion, circulation, and excretion, thus maintaining proper metabolic action throughout the body.
Cardamom oil has an arousing effect that can help cure sexual weakness, erectile dysfunctions, impotence, loss of libido, and frigidity.
No toxic effects have been noticed from consuming cardamom oil, but an excessive amount of cardamom oil can result in an overdose and as such a health care practitioner should be contacted before use.