Cardamom

CardamomElettaria cardamomum

Part used: Seed

Energetics: spicy, aromatic, warming, drying

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

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

Cardamom, a perennial plant also know as the “Queen of spices” is not only useful for flavouring food. The aromatic spice shows carminative, anti-emetic, anti-fungal, circulatory stimulant and stomachic properties. As a stomachic, cardamom can help stimulating the appetite and digestion, as well as eliminating excess dampness residing in the stomach or digestive tract, and relieving 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 [1][2].

Cardamom is used in our Digestive and Spicy Chai Tea.