by Cara Pearson @ThatBedfordGal
As autumn progresses and the nights (finally!) grow chillier, I’m turning my attention to immune support and respiratory relief. I was so excited when the first chill appeared this past weekend… and then I woke the next day with barely a voice. My windows have poor insulation, so even though I sleep under several comforters, I struggle to keep away the cold air that seems to hate my throat and lungs. I’m grateful during these nights that I live in the South–where it doesn’t often dip below freezing–and not Wisconsin.
One of the top export products from Guatemala, Cardamom is actually native to Southeast Asia. Due to the warm, spicy flavor of cardamom, it is also popularly used in curry dishes, and as a companion to sauces, meats, salads, breads, pastries, sweets, tea, and–my personal favorite–coffee. It truly is a versatile and popular spice, enriching food flavor, as well as aiding digestion. Consider diluting one drop of cardamom oil in 4 ounces of liquid to relieve occasional stomach discomfort or after over-indulging at your next family dinner.
Looking for a hands-on way to experience the benefits of cardamom? If you yearn to do some (easy!) fall baking, why not try out your hand with these Hearty Cardamom Oatmeal-Molasses Rolls with doTERRA Cardamom essential oil. I’m pretty sure it will become a new fall favorite! Or, if you’re in the mood for soup, check out this awesome Roasted Butternut Squash recipe!
Because of its high 1, 8-cineole content, Cardamom provides excellent respiratory support. It isn’t the only essential oil I use for this reason–but it is my favorite and usually makes it into most blends I diffuse. An added bonus is that Cardamom is a calming oil. Try adding orange, cinnamon, and clove to cardamom for a delightful crisp autumn spice diffuser blend to help you get in the holiday spirit. Perfect for a cozy evening by the fire.
Regardless of your preferred use for cardamom oil (cooking, aromatic, or topical application), you want to make sure that you are using pure and potent oils. This is one reason why I recommend doTERRA essential oils.
Another reason why I can’t stop talking about doTERRA is their Co-Impact Sourcing®. DoTERRA ensures the quality and efficiency of the harvest and distillation processes by developing close relationships with growers in Guatemala; providing education and aiding with equipment and production processes. At one of their training centers, local families receive certifications and classes that teach job skills, agricultural practices, and more. The objective of this center is to provide locals in this area an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty, ensuring a future for their communities. I love knowing that I am supporting a company that chooses to make a positive difference in the world.
If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing initiative in Guatemala, visit these links:
doTERRA’s Partnership with CHOICE Humanitarian Brings Drying Facility to Guatemala
Co-Impact Sourcing Cardamom
Finding New Pathways
And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!