Spice, Pranic Flow, Warmth – Cardamom



I remember drinking cardamom chai in India, the scent and taste has never left me. It was sweet, spicy and warm. Warm in temperature of course but also warm in energy. I love using this spice oil in formulation for clients and also on myself.

In Ayurvedic medicine cardamom is considered to be “tridoshic” which means it helps balance all 3 doshas – Vata, Kapha and Pitta. It is used to aid digestion, help with bronchial disorders and generally cleanse the blood and the body. It is warming and helps the flow of energy around the body.

In Ayurvedic Aromatherapy the essential oil of cardamom is used for the same things and is wonderful for bringing joy and an open heart. Having an open heart allows us to engage with others on a genuine level and mirrors the flow of energy and prana when the spice itself is used as medicine.

vital prana flow

vital flow of prana

When should I use cardamom oil as a treatment?

* low energy

* feeling stuck emotionally and mentally

* to improve digestion and stimulate appetite

* upset stomach or not being able to digest change and new ideas

* feeling cold physically and emotionally

* feeling emotionally shut down/closed heart

* wanting to move on from a relationship break-up

* improving libido and bringing a feeling of sensuality

* for family harmony and for a party

a client's oil formulation

a client’s oil formulation

Try these recipes:

1. Nourishing Body Oil

For more detailed info read “Aromatherapy Body Oil – It’s as Easy as 1 2 3”.

To 3 teaspoons of carrier oil add these oils and smooth the blend all over your body:

“Bon Appetite”

To help with digestion and improve appetite.

Cardamom       2 drops

Fennel              2 drops

Orange             3 drops


“I’m Bringing Sexy Back”

To get in the mood.

Cardamom          2 drops

Ylang Ylang         2 drops

Bergamot             3 drops


“Tai Chi”

To get your energy going.

Cardamom      3 drops

Rosemary        1 drop

Rosewood       3 drops


anoint with a drop of ol

anoint with a drop of ol

2. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!



Open your lower chakras.

Cardamom  1 drop

Lime            1 drop

Petitgrain     1 drop


“My Heart is Open”

Speaks for itself really.

Cardamom  1 drop

Rose 3%      6 drops



Increase appetite and joy in eating.

Cardamom  1 drop

Grapefruit    2 drops


steam inhalation

steam inhalation

3. Steam

Add a few drops of cardamom to a bowl, add boiling water, then breathe through your mouth to relieve bronchial issues.

Add a few drops of cardamom to the bottom of your shower (cover the drain with your foot or a cloth) and allow the oils to embrace you and ignite your energy.


Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

copyright suzannerbanks 2013

2 thoughts on “Spice, Pranic Flow, Warmth – Cardamom

  1. Fantastic! Love the tie in to the chakras! Have used cardamom sparingly in perfume blends and it adds an interesting touch….

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