Cardamom

Cardamom

Cardamom is a relative of ginger from the Middle and Far East, where it flavors Turkish coffee and East Indian chai tea. The seeds were a valued export item in ancient Greece.

Family: Zingiberaceae

Extraction: Distilled from the seed. Oleoresin. The best quality is sweet and spicy. Inferior seeds are more harsh, with a hint of eucalyptus odor.

Medicinal Action: Cardamom treats indigestion, poor appetite, diarrhea, coughs and muscular spasms.

Emotional Attribute: An invigorating scent which East Indians have long considered an aphrodisiac.

Associated Oil:
See Ginger.

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Kathi Keville Written by Kathi Keville

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