Cardamom (Binomial Name : Elettaria cardamomum)

January 3, 2015

Cardamom, binomial name Elettaria cardamomum, it is one of the most valuable spices in the world due to its rich aromatic and therapeutic properties. It is the third most expensive spices in the world, saffron takes the first place and the vanilla takes the second place. It is commonly used as a spice in Indian dishes to flavor the food and also it aids to relieve digestive problems induced by garlic and onion. In South India it is a common home remedy which helps to cure various ailments like indigestion, nausea, light headedness, etc. It is also used in the Indian sweets to add aroma .It is native of South Asia and it is highly grown in South India and Sri Lanka.


In Tamil language, it is called Elakkai. It is low in Saturated Fat, very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also has good source of Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc, and Dietary Fiber, Iron and Manganese. Cardamom are also rich in IC3 (indole-3-carbinol) and DIM(diindolylmethane) which has good cancer fighting properties serving as remedy to hormone-responding cancers like breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer.


Some of the many benefits of Cardamom include:


  • Anti-ageing

  • Anti-acidic

    • Reduces heart burn

  • Anti-fungal

    • It is rich in vitamin C which helps to cure cold and other respiratory problems

  • Anti-oxidant

    • It can help to strengthen your immune system and increase your body's fighting power against infection

    • It strengthens metabolism & circulation.

    • It promotes urination and aids in detoxification of the body

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-microbial

  • Chewing the seeds eliminates bad odors

  • Cardamom oils are added to bath to reduce stress and depression

  • Digestion

    • Seeds are helpful in reliving indigestion

  • It also helps to kill off any food borne bacteria in the digestive tract which helps to protect against food poisoning and gastric distress.

  • It increases appetite

  • It helps to relieves gas

  • It helps to relive heart burn

  • It helps to relive stomach upsets

  • It is used to fight tooth and gum decay and disease.

  • It works well as a diuretic and can reduce bloating, water retention, swelling, and edema

  • It is helpful in treating urinary Tract Infections

  • It is effective for sore, congested throat and hoarse ness of the voice due to colds or shouting 


The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice.

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