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Elattaria cardamomum

A classic oriental spice of the ginger family, Cardamom is valued as a carminative culinary herb that relieves griping pains, intestinal cramps and flatulence. The seeds can be chewed to sweeten the breath. Cardamom is an essential ingredient of Chai, a spiced tea popular in India that is reputed for its warming and aphrodisiac properties. In Middle Eastern tradition too, it is associated with love potions and is frequently mentioned in the tales of the Arabian nights. In Greek mythology Medea and her daughters are said to have used it in their charms and potions. In Greece, Turkey and many parts of the Arab world it is added to coffee and baked into bread. It has also become a very important spice in Scandinavian cuisine where it is not only added to sweets, but meats as well.

In aromatherapy the oil is used sparingly as it is very pungent and can easily dominate a blend. It aids problems of the digestive system, such as colic, cramps, dyspepsia, indigestion, flatulence and heartburn. It can also be used as an invigorating oil for mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion. Carefully dosed it can add a special note to aphrodisiac blends. Use with caution.

Cardamom is used in love and sex magic. It may be used in love philtres and amulets to attract a lover. The scent is complex and sensual. It stimulates and arouses the base chakra. As an ingredient of incense it may bring clarity to a situation where selfishness destroys love, or the mind is confused and the heart torn between two lovers.

A warm, pungent, slightly camphor-like, aromatic scent. Blends well with Orange, Cinnamon, Cloves, Caraway, Clove, Ylang Ylang, Violet, Jasmine and Coriander.