Lettaria Cardamomum, commonly known as green or true cardamom, is an herbaceous perennial plant in the ginger family, native to Southern India. It is the most common of the species whose seeds are used as the spice “Cardamom.” Ground cardamom is an ingredient in many Indian curries. In Iran, cardamom is used to flavor coffee and tea. In Turkey, it is used to flavor black Turkish tea.
Cardamom essential oil is favored for:
- Tonic and Digestion – The primary use of Cardamom is for its tonic and digestive properties. It is used in baths, massages or hot compresses to stimulate the appetite and ease flatulence, indigestion, nausea and the discomforts of diarrhea. It is also used for treating bad breath associated with poor digestion.
- Muscle Spasms – Cardamom may assist in relieving muscle spasms.
- Antiseptic – This oil may be useful in treating a variety of minor wounds, cuts and abrasions, protecting from infection.
- Colds – Used to relieve symptoms associated with a common cold such as cough, phlegm and mucus build up.
- Mouth Wash – Diluted in water, Cardamom is an effective mouth-wash.