Cardamom is a dried, unripe fruit of the perennial Elettaria cardamomum. It is enclosed in fruit pods that are tiny, brown, aromatic seeds that have pungent and sweet taste. It is usually used in cooking as well as in teas, tinctures and infusions. Having in it carminative and stimulant properties, it is also used for treating urinary problems.
Elaichi, Elettaria cardamomum, Bai Dou Kou, Amomum cardamomum, Cardamon, Cardomomi Fructus, Ela.
Brahmi, gardenia, asafetida, and ghee.
myrcene (27%), a-terpineol (45%), limonene (8%), b-phellandrene (3%), menthone (6%), 1,8-cineol (2%), sabinene (2%), smaller amounts of heptane.
The cardamom seeds are regarded as a digestive and are considered effective against flatulence and minor stomach problems and as an anti-spasmodic. It also finds usage in various food products including cakes, cookies and ice cream. Having mild sedative properties, Cardamom oil is also used to flavor pharmaceuticals as well as ad fragrance in soaps, perfumes, detergents and other body care products.