The cardamom plant is a perennial that is part of the ginger family. It is native to southern India. The plant has long leaves, flowers that can range from white to lilac to violet in color and a three-sided yellow-green pod containing several black and brown seeds.
Used in aiding in digestion and nausea. Cardamom seeds are often used as spices in foods, teas and coffee’s, used both whole and ground. Sometimes used to aid in respiratory health.
Sweet, spicy and almost balsamic with woody undertones.
Not sensitizing. Dilute before using.
Cardamom was well known in ancient times. The Egyptians used it in perfumes and incense, and the Arabs used it ground in their coffee. The seeds are an important ingredient in Middle Eastern and Asian cooking.