For the month of March we thought we’d feature doTERRA’s Cardamom Elettaria cardamomum. Enjoy the read and let’s begin cardamon 101.
doTERRA Cardamom essential oil is extracted from Cardamom seeds grown in Guatemala, using our strict CPTG® testing standards. Through a collaborative and responsible sourcing arrangement, we are able to have a significant impact on the lives of local partners, ensuring that these farming communities enjoy improved livelihoods.
So, what exactly is CARDAMOM?
Native to southeast Asia, CARDAMOM is a close relative to ginger. With a scent that spicy, fruity, warm and balsamic it’s no wonder it’s mainly known as an expensive cooking spice! While traditionally added to Indian sweets and teas. It’s also commonly used to help soothe occasional stomach discomfort and beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways* The distinct scent can help promote a positive mood, which is great if your feeling a little blue. Since doTERRA’s cardamom can be ingested, you will find it has profound effects on the respiratory system (yup, you can add it to your favorite beverage). This is because of its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health.* Other uses for cardamom allergies*, bronchitis*, coughs*, mucus*, sinus infection*, improve appetite*, cramps*, IBS*, colitis*, ulcers*, constipation*, diarrhea*, heartburn*, UTI’s*, yeast infections*, reduce water weight*, fatigue* and there are so many more to list. Who knew this little seed could pack such a punch!!!!
I have my doTERRA CARDAMOM oil, now what the heck do I do with it?
There are sooooo many ways to incorporate your new oil in your life. Let’s start with the basics. Diffuse, diffuse, diffuse. Add a few drops in the diffuser of your choice. Topical, apply one to two drops to desired area. If you have sensitive skin dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. Not recommended for those who have hypersensitive or hyperallergic skin.
Now the fun part! Internal use of doTERRA cardamom (remember doTERRA is the only ingestible essential oil that I know of) . You can add this to breads, smoothies, meats, and salads to enhance food flavor! How much do I use? You do not need much of this mighty oil. In your favorite recipes you use 1 drop per 1-2 tsp of ground cardamon or less (by dipping a toothpick in the oil and swirling in in your mixes) will usually get you the amount of flavor you’re looking for. Remember, it’s always best to add the essential oil directly into any liquid that is going in the recipe so it’s evenly distributed.
Here are a few of our favorite recipes at Enrichment that use our beloved Cardamom!
CARDAMOM MUSTARD CHICKEN WINGS Let us just say…your guests won’t stop raving about these epic wings!!!
4 tablespoons spicy mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3–4 drops Cardamom oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 dozen wings
Olive oil to coat wings
Instructions: Mix all sauce ingredients together until sugar dissolves and set aside. Coat wings with oil and a little salt and pepper. Bake wings at 350° F for about an hour or until wings are crispy. Turn once halfway through cooking. Pull the wings out and baste with sauce, coating evenly. I also like to leave a bowl of the sauce on the side for extra dipping.
CARDAMOM TRUFFLES Not only are they tasty but they have a unique twist!
- 1 small avocado
- 1 ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 2 drops Cardamom oil
- ¼ cup walnuts (optional)
Instructions: Mash avocado until smooth. Melt chocolate chips in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Tip: Set aside a ¼ cup of the melted chocolate for dipping. Add avocado, vanilla, and Cardamom oil to melted chocolate and combine. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for a few hours. Using a cookie scoop, take the chocolate mixer and form a ball. Dip in the left over melted chocolate, and sprinkle with gold dust, cocoa, or sprinkles. Try not to eat ALL of these tasty bites!
Well, we hope you enjoyed learning about Cardamon. It’s a great oil with soooo many benefits. Find a way to incorporate it into your life a little bit everyday. Link to order your Cardamom!
Safety considerations for cardamom essential oil: Cardamom Oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Avoid use of hypersensitive or hyperallergic skin. 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.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.