Warming and relaxing
Cardamom essential oil is warming and relaxing on tired joints making it very effective in products designed for massage. It's reviving aroma refreshes the spirits and it is often combined with other spicy or aromatic essential oils, such as ginger.
Cardamom is part of the ginger family, native to Ceylon and India. It is a leafy-stemmed shrub reaching up to eighteen feet in height. Its flowers are pale yellow with mauve tips. The fruits contain many seeds and are gathered before they are ripe. The fruits are dried slowly to prevent them from bursting open and losing their seeds. The seeds are used whole or ground. An essential oil is distilled from them, which can be colourless or yellow. The scent of the oil is sweet, spicy and almost balsamic. Cardamom is antiseptic and astringent and can therefore have a tightening and toning effect on the skin. The strong, intensely warm, fresh aroma is like a breath of fresh air, opening up the eyes and clearing the mind. It can also be used to flavour lip balm.