Elletaria cardamomum species
From the Zingiberaceae family mainly from Asia. This is a leafy stemmed shrub up to 4 metres high, with long leaves bearing small yellow flowers with purple tips. The oblong ,grey fruit contain many seeds that are gathered just before they are ripe.
Cardamom has long been used as a condiment and medicine in India and was generally used for digestive complaints. The Romans and Arabs used it to settle gastrointestinal problems.
In Chinese medicine it has long been described as a Qi tonic, not only warming and invigorating to the lungs, spleen and nerves but also having an effect on the spirit or mind, similar to Basil.
Cardomom properties are antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, tonic.
It is non toxic, non irritant and non sensitising.
The oil supplied by Natural Touch Aromatherapy is extracted by steam distillation, has a sweet, spicy, warm fragrance with a balsamic note.