Cardamom, in the same family as ginger, is a revered Indian herb used to improve digestive issues, respiratory complaints, and freshen the breathe. In human studies, it has shown beneficial anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, and antioxidant actions. It may also help with blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as be antimicrobial, insecticidal, and more.
The Western Ghats is a mountain range near the coast of India. Tropical forests located there are acknowledged as the birthplace of cardamom, and as a result, the Western Ghats is sometimes referred to as "Cardamom Hills" or the "Benevolent Mountains".
Cardamom is a spice with antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory activities. It has also shown to aid in digestive, cardiac, and respiratory issues. It is a sedative, insecticidal, hepatoprotective, and more. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Cardamom - Elettaria cardamomum / Greater Cardamom - Amomum subulatum
Cardamom comes from the seeds of a tropical shrub growing up to fifteen feet high. The seeds are oblong and green to brownish with a strong aroma.
Seed pods are broken open and inside are about 20 small black seeds. The adult dose of these small seeds is up to 3 grams a day for up to 12 weeks.
Oil is steam distilled, or extracted via CO2 extraction, or solvent extract, and is thin and colorless with a spicey, eucalyptus like, sweet and fresh aroma.