Common name: Cardamom
Part used: Seeds and whole fruits
Habitat: Cardamom is a bushy evergreen perennial herb and a relative of ginger with similar fleshy rhizomes. Cardamom is cultivated widely across trpoical regions, since it is the third most expensive spice by weight, after saffron and vanilla.
Constituents: 2-8% Essential oil: α-terpineol, myrcene, limonene, menthone, β-phellandrene, 1,8-cineol, sabinene and heptane.
Actions: Aromatic, carminative, breath sweetener, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, stomachic, COX-2-inhibitor, possibly: hypotensive and protective against stomach ulcers.
Traditional and current uses:
• Loss of appetite
• Sluggish digestion
• To prevent griping, particularly alongside laxative use
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