Cardamom oil is called the Fire of Venus because of the attraction its smell is supposed to exert over the opposite sex – as applicable to the wearer, I assume.
Popular and expensive as a spice for food, how did it achieve that reputation? For one thing, healthier is sexier, and like many herbs, cardamom has a wide variety of medicinal properties. Also, it’s a mild stimulative, and such things always end up in love potions.
It could simply be that its extraordinary scent prompts one to eat, and one appetite can be easily switched for another. I’m not really sure – but it’s been a popular choice for attracting love for a very, very long time.