Cardamom

Latin:  Elettaria cardamom

Family:  Zingiberaceae

Parts Used:  Ground seeds

Taste/Energetics:  Spicy, warming

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

Actions:  Cardamom is one of the premier spices that we can add to our meals to improve overall health and wellbeing.  As one of the most common spices in Indian and Middle Eastern herbs it has long been renowned for its delicious aroma as well its health giving properties.  Cardamom helps improve digestion, cardiovascular health, stimulates blood circulation, freshens the breath, relaxes the body and is antimicrobial for fighting infections.  In terms of mental health, it is gently uplifting, warming and antidepressant, is antispasmodic for cramping, and is wonderful for those who feel, cold, detached, stuck, depressed and disconnected.

Dosage:  The seeds are best crushed up fresh and added to meals. Traditionally in India it is added to honey to decrease inflammation, cramping and pain.   It also has a strong place as an essential oil in aromatherapy where it is used in sprays, bath salts and massage oils.  5 drops essential oil in 10 ml of carrier oil.

Contraindications:  None

Further Reading :

Cardamom: Your best friend  By Lesley Tierra