Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)

Cardamom is a spice found in the form of a small pod with black seeds inside. Also known as the “queen of spices” it originated in India.

This aromatic spice shows carminative, anti-emetic, anti-fungal, circulatory stimulant and stomachic properties, and has an intense, slightly sweet flavour that some people compare to mint.

As a stomachic, cardamom can help stimulate the appetite and digestion, as well as eliminate excess dampness residing in the stomach or digestive tract. This also relieves discomfort caused by flatulence.

It may also be useful for relieving nausea and vomiting. Additional studies have indicated that it may freshen the breath, relax the body and assist in fighting infections. The gently uplifting spice may also be useful for mental health, due to its antidepressant properties.

Part used:



Spicy, aromatic, warming, drying


Carminative, antispasmodic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, circulatory stimulant, anti-emetic, aphrodisiac


Nausea and vomiting, gastritis, indigestion, cough, chronic bronchitis, nervous exhaustion, depression, fatigue, poor memory


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Cardamom is used in our Digestive and Spicy Chai Tea.