(Ellettaria cardomomum)

Plant Family



Cardomon, cardamomi, cardomum, mysore cardomom

Description and Distribution

Cardamom, a member of the ginger family, is a perennial reed-like shrub rising from fleshy rhizomes.   The small yellow flowers are followed by fruits, or seed capsules, containing several reddish-brown seeds.   The plant is native to Asia and is extensively cultivated for the spice trade.   The essential oil is produced mainly in India.

Nature of the Oil

A colourless to pale yellow liquid.   The aroma is sweet and spicy with just a hint of eucalyptus.   The odour effect is warming, head-clearing and stimulating; a reputed aphrodisiac.

Main Constitutents

Terpinyl acetate. Cineol, limonene, sabinene, linalool, linalyl acetate, pinene, zingiberene.


Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, stomachic, nerve tonic.

Aroma therapeutic Uses

Digestive disturbances, mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion.


Generally regarded as non-irritant and non-sensitizing.   How ever., it is a powerful oil and must be used in low concentrations

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