Common Names: Cardamome, Cardamomo, Cardamom Essential Oil, Cardomom, Cardomomi Fructus, Ela, Elettaria Cardamomum, Green Cardamom, Indian Cardamom, Lesser Cardamom.
Scientific Name: Elettaria Cardamomum L., Zingiberaceae, Ginger Family
Common Uses: Intestinal spasms, Heartburn, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Cold, Cough, Bronchitis, Sore mouth and throat, Liver problems, Gallbladder problems, Urinary problems, Loss of appetite, Gas, Constipation. Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), intestinal gas, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for common cold, cough, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, and tendency toward infection. Some people use cardamom as a stimulant and for urinary problems.
*Warnings: Cardamom is safe for most people but the potential side effects of cardamom are not known. Cardamom seems to be safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known. Gallstones: Do not take cardamom in amounts greater than those typically found in food if you have gallstones. The cardamom seed can trigger gallstone colic (spasmodic pain).
Origin: Found commonly in southern India but also cultivated in other tropical areas.