Behold The Glory That Is Cardamom

The power of nature is an awesome thing and quality essential oils are equally as powerful when used appropriately.  Its all over the news how big pharma and the FDA are recognizing the increasing interest in natural healing and the promising results essential oils can display.

Some might call me biased because I am a distributor of Young Living products but I believe quality tested oils can deliver the most consistent and reliable results.  I would never disparage another company’s product line and what you may choose to use is a personal decision that only you can make.

With that being said, I just want to review an oil I recently received and give you my feedback.  I didn’t want to simply list facts or give recipes because you can easily Google those yourself.  I hope my personal impression of this oil will speak volumes and can give you a clearer idea on whether or not this oil has the qualities you are looking for.

CARDAMOM


This essential oil was one I was excited to receive and try.  Because it is touted to be antispasmodic or able to reduce muscle spasm, I was looking forward to adding it to my own Anti-Spasm Blend (recipe at bottom) to combat lower back pain.

It blended well into my recipe and I’m starting to reap the benefits of less gripping pain in my back and hips.  I’m actually amazed by how well this has worked for me.  Coupling multiple daily oil applications and deep tissue massage with a foam roller I am finally able to roll over at night.  And, morning pain has reduced dramatically over the course of 3 days since I’ve started using this.

In light of such promising results, I may also try adding Cardamom to a Thieves essential oil or Clove essential oil sore throat spray to help reduce coughing. I could also see adding it to a basic rock candy recipe to use as a natural cough drop – there are so many possibilities!

Over the past few months there has been a noticeable up tick in cardamom use on various cooking shows.  I had never purchased cardamom as a spice so I was very curious what this oil could do to my kitchen cuisine.

Although the flavor is slightly floral it blends well with cinnamon.  It turned out to be a great addition to a cup of coffee (or tea) along with a dash (or drop) of cinnamon, some creamer and a small amount of sugar.  This oil would be a great way to infuse cardamom flavor into anything from ice cream to spice cookies!

The aroma of this oil makes me feel warm, invigorated and refreshed.  With it’s delicately subtle spice, orange citrus and hints of floral undertones I fell in love with it immediately.  If you are having a long day, feeling tired or unmotivated, my guess is by diffusing this oil you might start feeling more like yourself again.

If you like creating your own perfume blends with essential oils, Cardamom would be a top pick to create a beautifully spicy, citrus style scent.  The results would still be feminine without being overpoweringly flowery.  I can’t keep myself from imagining how beautiful Cardamom, Vanilla, Neroli (or Bergamot) would smell in a perfume roller ball.  Yum!

I’m very pleased with the purchase of this oil and look forward to using it whenever I need a pick me up.

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Anti-Spasm Blend – 5 ml roller ball recipe

  • 1/2 tsp Magnesium Chloride (Epsom Salt or Magnesium Bath Flakes) crushed finely with mortar and pestle
  • 4 ml warm Fractionated Coconut Oil (the kind that doesn’t harden)

In a shot glass or small bowl briskly mix the two above ingredients and set aside. The longer you let this mix set, the more magnesium benefits you will receive.  Magnesium is known to reduce pain through trans-dermal absorption.

  • 4 drops Aroma Seize
  • 2 drops Marjoram
  • 2 drops Cypress
  • 1 drop Cardamom
  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Lemongrass
  • 2 drops Copaiba (the magnifier)

Combine all essential oils into an empty 5 ml bottle.  Add the Fractionated Coconut Oil and Magnesium Chloride mix to the bottle trying not to disturb the solids at the bottom of the mix.  You only want the clear oil, no grit. If you don’t mind grit, you’ll have more magnesium in your roller oil which theoretically is a good thing.  If you still need a little more coconut oil to fill your 5ml bottle simply add plain Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Close bottle with roller ball and top, shake to combine then apply directly to area.  If you don’t have all these oils, never fear, you may still find relief if you leave off one or two.  All of these oils have great muscle benefits but just be sure to include 10-12 drops of essential oil in your 5ml roller recipe.  

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Other qualities that may be associated with Cardamom essential oils are as follows:

  • antibacterial
  • anti-infectious
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • aphrodisiac
  • digestive
  • diuretic
  • stomachic
  • tonic

Historical uses for Cardamom have included:

  • epilepsy
  • spasms
  • paralysis
  • rheumatism
  • cardiac disorders and pulmonary disease
  • intestinal illness
  • fever
  • digestive issues
  • cough
  • sciatica

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