Cardamom CO2

Botanical Name:
Elettaria cardamomum
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Certified Organic
Overall Profile
Primary Constituents
alpha terpineol acetate
linalyl acetate
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Wholesale Certified Organic Cardamom Essential Oil

From Wholesale Essential Oils, 100% Certified Organic Cardamom essential oil from Guatemala. This is a CO2 ‘Total’ extracted therapeutic grade oil. Our Cardamom carries a strong, spicy-sweet middle note that blends well with other oils, and while it is not generally used alone, it is uplifting and energizing to the senses. Our Cardamom Essential Oil is available from sample size up to 1kg or more.


This Cardamom essential oil is sourced from plants Certified Organically cultivated in Guatemala and distilled using carbon dioxide (instead of water). This distillation process works better in relation with this herb to preserve its warm, spicynature. Other processes can render the oil 'flat' and ruin its complexity. Native to Sri Lanka and Southern India, the seeds serve as the basis for an array of traditional culinary Indian and European dishes. Its main constituents are 34% 1,8-Cineole and 49% Terpinyl acetate. This perennial, reed-like herb grows to heights of 13 feet. It produces an oblong gray fruit from which the seeds are contained.

Aromatherapy Notes

This essential oil is deep yellow, rich and of medium viscosity. It has a rich and complex aroma that is warm and moderately spicy with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange oil and camphor upfront, followed by menthol and a slight herbaceous undertone.

Traditional Uses

Cardamom is referred to as the “Queen of the Spices” and is sought after around the world. It is native to Sri Lanka and Southern India, where it grows wild to this day. In the Middle East and Turkey, cardamom is used as a sweet spice and can be found in traditional coffee and tea preparations. It is also used as a spice in garam masala, which translates to ‘warming spice’. Evidence of cardamom in Indian culture can be traced back as far as 3000 BC in Sanskrit texts, which mention its usage in sacrificial fires at wedding ceremonies. In addition to using cardamom as a spice, Indians have also been known to chew cardamom pods after meals to aid digestion and clean teeth. Cardamom has been documented in Eastern medicine as a treatment for influenza, infections, cardiac disorders, asthma, bronchitis, and boosting the nervous system.1 It has also been used as a folk remedy for stomachache, to make soaps and mouthwashes, and as an aphrodisiac.2 Over time, cardamom made its way to Europe and can be found as a traditional flavoring in Scandinavian and German cuisine as well.1

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in the Aromatherapy Literature

From The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy3:

  • Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Cephalic, Digestive, Diuretic, Stimulant, Stomachic, Nerve Tonic

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy4:

  • Cardamom has a general tonic effect on the body, including on the digestive and nervous system.
  • It is said to have benefits that combat nervous exhaustion and depression.
  • Cardamom has warming qualities that are motivating, enthusiastic, and instill inspiration.

Cardamom in Research

Studies have found that cardamom exhibits significant antioxidant and antimicrobial activity5, is comparable to prescription antibiotics in fighting pathogens6, kills oral bacteria that cause cavities7, lowers blood pressure and prevents blood clots in patients with hypertension8, has gastroprotective activity against ulcers caused by ethanol and aspirin9, and can act as a pain reliever10.

Summary of Research Studies

  • In vitro study found that Cardamom essential oil had antioxidant activity comparable to common synthetic antioxidants and that it exhibited strong antibacterial activity as well.5
  • Cardamom was found to fight human pathogenic bacteria with the same efficacy as standard antibiotics in vitro.6
  • Ethanol and acetone extracts of cardamom exhibited significant antimicrobial activity against Streptococcus mutans, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, bacteria which are known to contribute to the development of dental cavities.7
  • In a clinical trial, cardamom powder taken twice daily was found to significantly decrease systolic, diastolic and mean blood pressure and increase anti-clotting activity in individuals diagnosed with stage 1 hypertension over a 3-month period. Subjects also showed a significant increase in antioxidant status.8
  • Cardamom essential oil was found to significantly reduce the development of gastric ulcers caused by both ethanol and aspirin in rats.9
  • Cardamom extract showed significant pain-relieving activity in mice.10

Application and Use


Cardamom essential oil is a non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant if used correctly and in proper dosage. If ingesting the oil, consultation with a homeopathic physician is recommended.


1 Aggarwal, Bharat B. Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Spices: Modern Uses for Ancient Medicine. World Scientific, 2009.

2 Kubo, Isao, et al. “Antimicrobial Activity of Flavor Components of Cardamom Elettaria Cardamomum (Zingiberaceae) Seed.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 39, no. 11, 1991, pp. 1984–1986., doi:10.1021/jf00011a020.

3 Wildwood, Christine. Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.

4 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.

5 Singh, Gurdip, et al. “Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activities of Essential Oil and Various Oleoresins of Elettaria Cardamomum (Seeds and Pods).” Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, vol. 88, no. 2, 2007, pp. 280–289., doi:10.1002/jsfa.3087.

6 Arora, D. S., and G. J. Kaur. “Antibacterial Activity of Some Indian Medicinal Plants.” Journal of Natural Medicines, vol. 61, no. 3, July 2007, pp. 313–317

7 Aneja, K. R. and Joshi, Radhika. "Antimicrobial Activity of Amomum subulatum and Elettaria cardamomum Against Dental Caries Causing Microorganisms." Ethnobotanical Leaflets, vol. 2009, iss. 7, article 3., 2009

8 Verma, S. K., et al. “Blood Pressure Lowering, Fibrinolysis Enhancing and Antioxidant Activities of Cardamom (Elettaria Cardamomum).” Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics, vol. 46, no. 6, Dec. 2009, pp. 503–506.

9 Jamal, A., et al. “Gastroprotective Effect of Cardamom, Elettaria Cardamomum Maton. Fruits in Rats.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 103, no. 2, 2006, pp. 149–153., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2005.07.016.

10 Kumar, Manish. “A Review on Analgesic: From Natural Source.” International Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biological Archives, vol. 1, no. 2, 2010, pp. 95–100.