7 Amazing Benefits of Cardamom Essential Oil

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

The health benefits of cardamom essential oil can be attributed to its ability to reduce spasms, neutralize the adverse effects of chemotherapy, reduce nausea, as well as its qualities as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, aphrodisiac, astringent, digestive, stomachic, stimulant, and diuretic substance.

What is Cardamom Essential Oil?

Cardamom essential oil is extracted from the seeds of cardamom (Elettaria Cardamomum). It is extensively used and admired as a versatile spice around the world. Let’s talk about the constituents of its essential oils and its impressive health benefits.

The main constituents of its essential oil may include sabinene, limonene, terpinene, eugenol, cineol, nerol, geraniol, linalool, nerodilol, heptenone, borneol, alpha-terpineol, beta Terpineol, terpinyl Acetate, alpha-Pinene, myrcene, cymene, neryl acetate, methyl heptenone, linalyl acetate, and heptacosane. [1]

Apart from its culinary uses, you may be probably familiar with it as a mouth freshener. However, there is so much more to this essential oil that you have probably never heard of, so prepare to be amazed!

Cardamon oil may have many health benefits for people, and it can be a vital component of overall health.

Bottles of cardamom essential oil and dried anise seeds, black peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg with sliced grapefruit on a wooden floor

Cardamom essential oil is extracted from cardamom seeds and has a wide variety of medicinal uses. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Health Benefits of Cardamom Essential Oil

The health benefits of cardamom essential oil are listed below.

May Relieve Spasms

Cardamom oil may be highly effective in curing muscular and respiratory spasms, thereby giving relief from muscle pulls and cramps, asthma, and whooping cough. [2]

May Prevent Microbial Infections

According to a 2018 study published in the Molecule journal, cardamom essential oil may have very strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, which are safe as well. If used as a mouthwash by adding a few drops of this oil in water, it might help disinfect the oral cavity of all germs and eliminates bad breath. It can also be added to drinking water to kill the germs contained there. It can also be used in foods as a flavoring agent, which will also keep them safe from spoiling due to microbial action. A mild solution in water can be used to bathe while disinfecting the skin and hair. [3]

May Improve Digestion

It is the essential oil in cardamom that may make it such a good digestive aid. This oil might boost digestion by stimulating the whole digestive system. It may also be stomachic in nature, which means that it keeps the stomach healthy and functioning properly. It might help maintain the proper secretion of gastric juices, acids, and bile in the stomach. It may also protect the stomach from infections. [4]

May Boost Metabolism

Cardamom essential oil may help stimulate your entire system. This stimulating effect might also boost your spirits in cases of depression or fatigue. It may also stimulate the secretion of various enzymes and hormones, gastric juices, peristaltic motion, circulation, and excretion, thus maintaining proper metabolic action throughout the body. [5]

May Have A Warming Effect

Cardamom oil may have a warming effect. This means that it may heat up the body, promote sweating, help clear congestion and coughs, while also relieving symptoms of the common cold. It might also provide relief from headaches that result from illness and can be used to cure diarrhea caused by extreme cold.

An infographic on health benefits of cardamom essential oil

Cardamom infographic Photo Credit: Shutterstock

May Promote Urination

It may promote urination, which might help people lose weight, lower blood pressure, remove toxins, and clean calcium and urea deposits from the kidneys. A report published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology revealed that cardamom’s diuretic and sedative properties may help in the therapeutic use for hypertension and epilepsy. [6]

May Treat Sexual Weakness

Cardamom oil may have an arousing effect that can help treat sexual weakness, erectile dysfunctions, impotence, loss of libido, and frigidity.

Other Benefits

Cardamom oil may help neutralize the effects of tobacco, insect bites, and even the ingestion of mild poisons. Furthermore, it might also help clear the bowels, reduce nausea, treat colic, remove bad breath, heal oral infections, and alleviate the pain of toothaches. [7]

Word of Caution: No toxic effects have been noticed from consuming cardamom essential oil, but an excessive amount of cardamom essential oil can result in an overdose. This will manifest as unrest and extra heating up of the body and the digestive system, resulting in loose bowels and irritation. Pregnant women and lactating mothers are advised not to ingest cardamom oil, since the irritation or warming effect may harm the baby.

Blending: Cardamom oil blends well with Rose, Orange, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Cloves, Caraway, and Cedar Wood Oil.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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