Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum

A close relative to Ginger, Cardamom is known as being the most expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways. Cardamom is commonly used to help reduce indigestion and nausea, and to soothe stomach discomfort and promote digestion. Its distinct scent can lessen motion sickness while promoting a positive mood. Cardamom has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health. Native to Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to traditional Indian sweets and teas for its cool, yet minty aroma and flavor.

CardamonePlant Part: Seed
Aromatic Description: Spicy, fruity, warm, balsamic
Main Chemical Components: Terpinyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, linalool

  • Eases indigestion and maintains an optimal gastrointestinal balance
  • Promotes clear breathing and respiratory health
  • Calms stomach upset and uplifts mood
  • Flavorful spice for cooking and baking
  • Use internally as part of a daily health regimen to support healthy gastrointestinal function.
  • Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing.
  • Add to bread, smoothies, meats, and salads to enhance food flavor and aid digestion.
  • Diffuse or inhale to alleviate feelings of nausea or motion sickness.
  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with  fractionated coconut oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.


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Plant Image by Chhe [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsI,

Seed image by Luc Viatour [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons


9 thoughts on “Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum”

    1. I was surprised when I started poking around looking at prices, especially with the essential oils the price of cardamom is almost double that of ginger or more depending on the brand. When I looked at the price for the spice I found a web site that sold both cardamom and ginger to compare pricing here’s the link:
      Personally I love ginger, I haven’t tried cardamom, but now you and Incahootswithmuddyboots have my curiosity going 😀 I’m going to have to try it!

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