Cardamom

Family Name: Zingiberaceae ,English Name: Cardamom ,Sanskrit : Brihadela ,Hindi : Badi ilachi

Cardamom is an essential ingredient in Indian cooking and is used for preparations both spicy and sweet. It is found in eastern Himalayan regions, especially in Nepal,Bengal, Sikkim and Assam.

Appearance

The cardamom plant is 3-4 feet tall and the leaves are 3-4 inch wide smooth on both sides. The flower bunches are very dense, 2-3 inch long and yellowish white. The fruit are 1 inch long and green. The seed have a fragrant sweet kernel.

It improves liver functions and stimulated the heart. It eliminates foul smell and cures fever, spleen enlargement, vomiting, ulcers and wounds. It is diuretic and antipyretic and antidote to poison.

It is widely used to treat following:

Headache

Tooth ache

Excessive salivation

Asthma

Improves digestion

Gastric problems

Vomiting

Diarrhoea

Impotency

Spermatorrhoea

Cholera

Dermatoses

Liver problem.