Cardamom Essential Oil Health Benefits and Recipes

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Cardamom essential oil is a well-known essential oil and it has many beneficial uses. It can reduce the effects of chemotherapy, nausea, as well as its qualities as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, aphrodisiac, astringent, digestive, stomachic, stimulant, and diuretic substance. It is a versatile essential oil with many effective natural properties contained within it.

History of Cardamom Essential Oil

Cardamom essential oil is extracted from the seeds of Cardamom, whose scientific name is Elettaria Cardamomum and it is a well-known herb used around the world. Furthermore, it is a spice made from several seeds of several plants in the genera Elettaria and Amomum in the family Zingiberaceae.

Both genre are native to India, (who was the the largest producer until the late 20th century) Bhutan, Indonesia and Nepal. They are recognized by their small pod seeds:triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin papery outer shell and small black seeds; Elettaria pods are light green and smaller, while Amomum pods are larger and dark brown. Cardamom is an old essential oil with reference of it being traded in the 12th century in Sri Lanka. It is grown there in the montane forests in the central mountain ranges, in a small scale. It is also grown in Guatemala, Malaysia and Tanzania. The German coffee planter Oscar Majus Kloepfer, introduced in Guatemala in the first world war. By 2000 Guatemala had became the largest exporter of this plant followed by India.  

The Main components of Cardamom Essential Oil

These components are:Sabinene, Limonene, Terpinene, Eugenol, Cineol, Nerol, Geraniol, Linalool, Nerolidol, Heptenone, Borneol, Alpha Terpineol, Beta Terpineol, Terpinyl Acetate, Alpha Pinene, Myrcene, Cymene, Neryl Acetate, Methyl Heptenone, Linalyl Acetate and Heptacosane. Cardamom essential oil is known as a mouth freshener but it has so many more uses. Let’s go find out.

The Amazing Health Benefits of Cardamom Essential Oil

Relieves Spasms-This oil is used to curb muscular and respiratory spasms, which gives it the ability to relieve muscle pulls and cramps, asthma, and whooping cough. These are some powerful health benefits to begin with.

Antimicrobial Properties-Cardamom has very powerful antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which are safe to use. If it is used as a mouthwash by adding a few drops to water. The oil then will disinfect the oral cavity of all germs and eliminates bad breath. Supposedly, it can be added to drinking water and it will kill all the germs in the water. It can even be used in foods as a flavoring agent which will keep the foods from spoiling because of the oil’s powerful microbial properties. A mild solution can be used in water to bathe in which will disinfect the hair and skin.

Enhances Digestion-Cardamom essential oil can even help with the digestive process in the human body. By now you may be asking the question “What can Cardamom essential oil not do?” The essential oil in Cardamom is what makes it such a good digestive aid because it can boost the whole digestive system. It is stomachic (promoting the appetite or assisting digestion) which simply means it will keep the stomach healthy and functioning efficiently.

Metabolism Booster– This benefit goes hand-in hand with the help the oil brings to the digestive system. The oil will boost your entire system and as a result of this it can boost the spirit deflecting depression and fatigue. It also generates the secretion of various enzymes and hormones, gastric juices, peristaltic motion, circulation, and excretion, which maintains proper metabolic activity throughout the whole body.

Sizzling Effect-The oil tends to heat up the body, promotes sweating, helps clear congestion and coughs, while also relieving symptoms of the common cold. It cannot cure the common cold but it is supposed to relieve the symptoms of the common cold. It can relieve headaches caused by illness and cure diarrhea caused by extreme cold. The one about curing diarrhea may be a stretch. Diarrhea caused by extreme cold has never been heard of before.  

Health Benefits of Cardamom Essential Oil

Diuretic Properties-It is supposed to stimulate urination, which helps people lose weight, (losing weight by urinating is a new one) lower blood pressure, remove toxins and clean calcium and urea deposits from the kidneys.  These effects may or may not be realistic. There is no clinical evidence to support these diuretic benefits. These sound like a stretch.

It was suggested that this essential oil can help with sexual problems but those issues will not be discussed here.

Other Uses

Cardamom helps to neutralize the effects of tobacco, insect bites and even the ingestion of mild poisons. The neutralizing of mild poisons this really sounds like an exaggeration it has never been heard of that an essential oil can neutralize mild poisons. There is absolutely no research to support this claim. Furthermore, it can clear the bowels, cure colic, remove bad breath, heal oral infections, and alleviate the pain of toothaches. Now, these benefits are bordering on fantasy it really seems incomprehensible that a essential oil can do all these things.


It is noted that if too much cardamom essential oil is used it can cause an overdose. This is a very serious flaw of this essential oil.

This essential oil is shaping up to be a super essential oil because of all its supposed uses. This oil sounds legendary around the world. It certainly is an ancient essential oil dating back to around the 12th century.

How to use Cardamom Essential Oil

Massage Oil-Cardamom oil shines in massage oils. It has a magnificently inviting aroma and it works to soothe and calm upset in the body, belly, and mind. Cardamom oil blended with sweet almond oil works as a warming tonic and massage oil.

Diffuser-Cardamom can be used any time you would like to enhance a diffuser blend with the qualities of warm, soothing spice. Like other spices this oil will help to open the breath and relieve heaviness and lung discomfort.

Perfumery-Cardamom is a warm, sweet, floral spice which lends very well to blending. It has everything you could look for in the exotic spice department! Mix some with your rose and sandalwood for a truly sweet perfume.

How to use Cardamom Essential Oil

Tummy Soothe: 4 drops angelica oil, 6 drops clary sage oil, 4 drops cardamom, 4 drops roman chamomile oil in a 30 mL marula oil or other carrier oil

Love Recipe: 4 drops jasmine oil, 4 drops sandalwood, 2 drops rose oil, 2 drops cardamom in a 15 mL marula oil or other carrier oil

Cramp Reducing Recipe


  • Angelica Root Essential Oil 12 drops  
  • Cardamom Essential Oil 7 drops
  • Chamomile Roman Essential Oil 6 drops  
  • Almond Oil Sweet Pure 3 fl oz


  • Pour Almond Oil into a 4 fl oz Plastic Amber Bottle add essential oils and shake vigorously.

Congestion Release Balm Recipe


  • Balm Base 1 oz
  • Cedarwood Essential Oil Chinese 4 Drops
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil Blue Mallee 3 Drops
  • Cardamom Essential Oil 3 Drops


  • In a beaker or jug, Melt the Balm Base over a pan of water. Add essential oils. Stir thoroughly combined and pour into a 120 ml Amber Glass Cosmetic Jar.

Orange Spice Cologne


  • 1 organic Cinnamon Stick
  • 25 organic whole Cardamom Pods
  • 15 organic Cloves
  • 1 organic Vanilla Bean – cut into small pieces
  • 1 fresh organic Orange peel – zest only
  • 8 oz Vodka


  • Crush spices in a mortar and pestle. Combine with Vanilla Bean pieces, Orange peel zest, and vodka in a glass mason jar. Cap tightly and shake once or more per day. After 2-6 weeks, strain the spices and pour the infused liquid into a glass bottle with a mister top. Simply add more spices if you desire a stronger cologne.

Sweet Summer Perfume


A relaxing and warming blend reminiscent of summer, with a lightly floral aroma complemented by hints of spice and cedar. Especially useful during times of stress, anxiety, irritability, or depression.  A great lift-me-up during the cold and dark winter months!


  • 10 drops organic Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops organic Chamomile essential oil
  • 4 drops organic Cardamom essential oil
  • 1 drop organic Cedarwood essential oil
  • 1 drop organic Geranium (Rose) essential oil
  • 1 tsp organic Jojoba Oil


  • Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle, and roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil and roll again. Add additional essential oils if you desire a stronger perfume.

Blueberry Cardamom Scone Recipe


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 3/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 drops Cardamom essential oil
  • 2 drops Ginger Vitality essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar, for sprinkling


  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with piece of parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter pieces with a pastry blender or 2 knives. Toss in the blueberries
  • Measure the milk, then drop in the 2 drops of Cardamom essential oil and the 2 drops of Ginger essential oil.

Blueberry Cardamom Scone Recipe


Cardamom Cooking/Eating Tips

Cardamom is one of the most prized spices all over the world. It can be used in whole as well as ground form in a variety of dishes ranging from curry powders, dals and masalas to desserts and drinks. While cooking the seeds, they should be bruised with the back of a knife or ground with other spices before frying. Given below are the tips for the usage of cardamom as an ingredient.

  • In India, cardamom is one of the main constituents of garam masala, a combination of spices used in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. It is also an important ingredient in the preparation of curry powder commonly used in Indian cooking.
  • Cardamom can be added to tea or coffee to impart its pleasant and refreshing aroma. You can add some cardamom to your ground coffee before brewing, then sweeten and top with cream.
  • Whole green cardamom pods are added to pulaos, curries and hot dishes. As the shell integrates while cooking, it infuses the dish with its essence and refreshing aroma. Thus, it is often used to impart aroma to biryanis, pulaos and kebabs.
  • Besides the savory dishes, cardamom can be used in desserts like kheer and firni as well as sweets like gulab jamun, gajar ka halwa etc to impart its distinctive flavor. In Scandinavian countries it is used in flavoring all types of sweet pastry and bread dishes instead of cinnamon.
  • Ground cardamom seeds can be used to flavor foods like soups, pates, stews, purees and rice dishes. You can try adding some seeds to your home made rice pudding, ice cream, custard or sprinkle them over a fresh fruit salad.
  • Chicken can be marinated in honey, cardamom and pepper. It can then be roasted on the stove top and then baked to prepare the delicious cardamom honey chicken.
  • You can prepare a citrus fruit salad comprising of citrus fruits such as grapefruit and oranges, sweeten it with honey and season it with lime juice and cardamom.
  • Swedish coffee bread is slightly sweet yeast bread. It is generally flavored with cardamom and braided or made into a wreath shaped pastry.
  • Lemons can be preserved in cardamom. These can be then used in a variety of dishes.
  • Cut the lemons lengthwise into quarters, leaving the stem attached
  • Rub their flesh on some kosher salt and put one tablespoon of salt at the bottom of a glass jar
  • Place these lemon quarters in this jar alternating with salt, cardamom pods and bay leaves
  • Pour in some juice that is enough to cover the lemons and cover tightly. Allow the mixture to stand for about 3 weeks
  • Keep shaking the jar daily to mix the salt. These preserved lemons can be refrigerated for up to 6 months covered with lemon juice
  • Lassi is a refreshing drink rather popular in India. Cardamom powder can be added to lassi to provide it with a distinct taste. You can prepare it by combining curd, full fat milk, powdered sugar and cardamom powder, and blending these
  • ingredients in a mixer for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve it in glasses after adding sugar cubes. You can also garnish lassi with cardamom powder and chopped dry fruits.
  • Indian style basmati rice is a savory dish that is flavored with whole spices including cardamom.
  • All you need to do is put some rice in a bowl, adding enough water to cover it.
  • Then heat some oil in a saucepan on medium heat and add cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cloves and cumin seeds
  • After cooking for about a minute, add some chopped onion. Saute it until golden brown for about 10 minutes
  • Drain the water from the rice, and cook and stir into the pot for a few minutes. Add salt and water. Simmer for about 15 minutes at low heat until all the water has been absorbed
  • Allow it to stand for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork before serving. It can be served with curry or dal (lentils)

Cardamom CookingEating Tips

Cardamom Rose Face Mask


  • ¾ cup of plain oatmeal
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1-3 drops of rose essential oil
  • a pinch of ground cardamom


  • Mix your oatmeal, cardamom and water together in a pot and bring it to a boil.
  • Let it cook for about 2 minutes and then allow it to cool off until it can be handled.
  • Stir in 1-3 drops of rose essential oil.
  • Apply the mask and allow it to sit for about 15-20 minutes. Splash your face with water and give it a nice, gentle scrub before washing it all off with warm water.
  • Pat dry and follow up with a spritz of rosewater toner.

Cardamom Acne Spicy Milk Recipe


  • You may prefer using the powdered form of cardamom for the tiny grains that can gently exfoliate and draw out blackheads.
  • For your lactic acid of choice,  you may like to use a third of a cup of goat’s milk (camel milk is great too if you can get your hands on it).
  • Add a teaspoon of cardamom and mix with a wooden spoon. Gently massage into your face and neck for a few minutes, rinsing with lukewarm water.
  • This cleanser is quite gentle, but start by using it once a week and increase over time once you’ve confirmed your skin is in love with it.

Grand Conclusion:

The purpose of this article has to show our readers all the uses, health benefits, and beauty recipes that can be made with cardamom essential oil, and the actual cardamom plant is some cases. Cardamom is an ancient essential oil dating back to the 12th century and it is now considered a super essential oil of legendary status worldwide.  

It can be put into food recipes, beauty recipes, face masks and even acne prevention recipes. It has many impressive health benefits. But in all honesty it is believed that some of the health benefits discussed above are just too unrealistic to have any validity. Yes, cardamom essential oil classify as a super essential oil bt there is some things it just cannot do. Even Super essential oils have their limits of usefulness.


Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.