Derived from “one of the world’s most expensive spice” is an essential oil known as Cardamon or Cardamum. This oil is extracted from a spice called “Cardamum” which belongs to the genus “Elettaria” and “Amomum”. Furthermore, this essential oil in a country such as India is used as a flavouring agent in food while, in Scandinavian countries such as Sweden and Finland this essential oil is used in “Baking”. In addition, it is also used as an important ingredient in a popular Indian beverage known as “Masala Chai” or spiced tea.
A. Chemical constituents of the Cardamon Seed Oil:
This oil is extracted from a spice known as “Cardamum” belonging to the genus “Elettaria” and “Amomum” and the “Zingiberaceae” family within the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil comprises of organic compounds such as Alpha terpineol i.e. 45%, myrcene i.e. 27%, limonene i.e. 8%, menthone i.e. 6%, Beta- Phellandrene i.e. 3%, 1,8- cineol i.e. 2%, sabinene i.e. 2% and heptane i.e. 2%.
B. The uses and benefits of the Cardamon Seed Oil:
There are a number of benefits that can be gained using this essential oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
By resolving issues related to “muscle spasms” this oil serves as an ideal “antispasmodic”.
This oil possesses properties capable of treating wounds and infections by killing disease causing microorganisms, thereby serving as an antiseptic.
This oil also comprises of properties that helps maintain a functional gastrointestinal system.
This oil when used can also help in the flushing out the toxins and waste materials from the body, and thereby serve as a diuretic.
This oil is also effective in resolving issues such as depression and fatigue by promoting the stimulation of the body system by secreting enzymes, hormones, gastric juices etc.
C. The adverse effects of the Cardamom Seed Oil:
There are also a few adverse effects that one may experience while using this oil. They are as follows
- This oil when used could cause a condition called the Irritable Bowel Syndrome so it must be used with care.
- This oil could also cause conditions such as nausea and bronchitis.
- Sore mouth and throat could also occur if this oil is not handled with care.
- Like many other essential oils, the use of this oil also has a harmful effect on pregnancy, and hence pregnant women must avoid using it.