Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
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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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.
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.
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.