Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

Botanical Family: Zingiberaceae (ginger)

Plant Origin: Guatemala Sri Lanka

Extraction Method: Steam distilled from seeds

Key Constituents: Alpha Terpinyl Acetate (45-55%), 1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol) (16-24%), Linalol (4-7%), Limonene (1-3%)

ORAC: 36,500 µTE/100g

Historical Data: Called “Grains of Paradise” since the Middle Ages, it has been used medicinally by Indian healers for millennia. One of the most prized spices in ancient Greece and Rome, cardamom was cultivated by the king of Babylon around the seventh century B.C. It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, the Ebers Papyrus (dating from 16th century B.C.), an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and  recipes.

Medical Properties: Antispasmodic (neuromuscular), expectorant, antiparasitic (worms)

USES: Lung/sinus infection, indigestion, senility, headaches

Fragrant Influence: Uplifting, refreshing, and invigorating.

Applications: Dietary supplement; Dilute 1 part essential oils with 1 part V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or other pure vegetable oil, put in a capsule, and take up to three times daily; (1) Topical: Dilute 1 part essential oil with 1 part V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or other pure vegetable oil, apply on location, stomach, solar plexus, or thighs, (2) apply on chakras and /or  Vita Flex points, (3) inhale directly, (4) diffuse up to 30 minutes three times daily, or (5) take 4 drops as dietary supplement.


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