BLACK CARDAMOM, Amomum subulatum


Latin name:          Amomum subulatum

English names:  Larger or Greater Cardamom, Nepal Cardamom

Sanskrit name:   Aindri, Sthula ela, Brihatupakunchika

Indian name: Badi ilaichi, Big ilaichi, Kali ilaichi

Medicinal parts used: Seeds

Black cardamom, a sibling to the slightly more commonly found and simply named cardamom is found mainly in Southern India and Nepal, where it is to be found growing wild alongside many pathways. The cardamom plant is a root with pods full of seeds, black cardamom being the longest and thus more productive and has many positive properties and usages. It is more commonly found in food and medicines in the modern world.

Black cardamom has a distinctly astringent aroma, though not bitter, with coolness similar to mint, though with a different aroma. It is a common ingredient in Indian cooking.

Therapeutic use:

  • It is helpful in eradicating the foul odor from mouth.
  • It is also helpful in skin disorders and helps in improving the skin complexion.
  • It is also widely used as pain killer thus relieving from pains in the body.
  • It also stimulates heart for normal functioning.
  • It helps in expelling out the extra amount of mucus present in the respiratory tract.
  • It also acts as diuretic and hence is very useful in urine related disorders.
  • It helps in lowering down the raised body temperatures in case fever.

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