Cardamom: Overview

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is closely related to ginger and has some of the same properties.  The seed of this tropical plant are the part used medicinally, containing up to 10% volatile oils.

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Cardamom, as a flavoring spice, is used in many ethnic dishes.


Cardamom is considered carminative, stomachic, and antispasmodic.  These three activities make it a common ingredient in preparations for indigestion, nausea, and suspected food poisoning.

Why it is Recommended

The German Commission E has "Approved" cardamom seeds for dyspepsia.

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