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Cardamom Oil Uses and Benefits

Cardamom Oil Product Description

Just as dried cardamom is known as a warm, flavorful cooking spice, Cardamom essential oil is a favorite essential oil to keep in the kitchen to flavor food and beverages or to diffuse for a warm aroma. The flavor profile of Cardamom essential oil is especially suited for traditional Indian or Middle Eastern dishes, sweets, and teas for its warm, almost minty aroma and flavor. Outside of its culinary uses, Cardamom essential oil has calming and relaxing aroma, especially when used in massage. Cardamom is commonly used to help soothe the skin and provides an invigorating aromatic experience when inhaled or diffused.

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How Do I Use Cardamom Oil?

  1. Home Cooking: Add one drop of Cardamom oil to recipes that call for ground cardamom spice, especially to savory dishes such as bread, meats, and salads to enhance flavor. Or, put a unique and flavorful twist on your next batch of homemade sweets or chocolates with its unique flavor.
  2. Spiced Beverages: Add a drop of Cardamom essential oil to a cup of herbal tea for a burst of warm, sweet flavor to help wake up your senses in the morning. Alternatively, add one drop of Cardamom oil to a mug of hot chocolate for a delicious spiced winter beverage.
  3. Chest Rub: Apply one drop of Cardamom oil to your chest and inhale deeply whenever you’re in need of a clear, energizing aroma.
  4. Abdominal Massage: Combine one drop Cardamom oil with five drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil and rub gently on your stomach for a fresh, invigorating aroma after a hearty meal.
  5. Bath: Add one drop of Cardamom oil to bath water with Epsom salts for a warm, relaxing aroma to enhance a soothing bath soak.
  6. Diffusion: Diffuse two to three drops of Cardamom essential oil to fill your home with a refreshing and bright aroma, or blend with two to three drops of Lavender oil and diffuse for a rich, relaxing aroma.

Fun Fact

Cardamom is actually a relative of the ginger, with both plants belonging to the Zingiberaceae plant family.

How is Cardamom OIl Sourced?

While the cardamom plant is originally native to areas of India and Indonesia, doTERRA Cardamom essential oil is extracted from cardamom seeds grown in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. The environment in this region is particularly conducive to the cardamom plant, and the community of growers and harvesters there produce some of the highest quality cardamom on the market.

Through our Co-Impact Sourcing® initiative, creating a collaborative and responsible sourcing arrangement, the production of Cardamom essential oil has a significant positive impact on the lives of local partners, ensuring that these farming communities enjoy fulfilling work, stable livelihoods, and community building through their partnership with doTERRA.

Learn more about the Cō-Impact Sourcing® initiative in Guatemala here.

What is Cardamom oil?

The cardamom plant thrives in nutrient-rich clay soil under hot, humid, and rainy weather conditions. The plant has long, green stalks with dark, waxy leaves, and central clusters of delicate, orchid-like flowers. However, cardamom is typically known for its small, spindle-shaped seed pods. These pods have a papery outer layer and contain small, black seeds. The pods are harvested from the plant, and the seeds are steam distilled to produce Cardamom essential oil.

What Essential Oils Blend Well with Cardamom Oil?

The aroma of Cardamom oil pairs well with the following essential oils: Bergamot oil, Clove Bud oil, Cinnamon Bark oil, Cedarwood oil, Ginger oil, Frankincense oil, and Lavender oil.


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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