Latin Name: Amomum subulatum Zingiberaceae
Sanskrit/Indian name: Aindri, Sthula ela, Brihatupakunchika, Badi-elaichi
Often used as a spice, condiment or in the preparation of sweetmeats, Larger or Greater Cardamom has numerous medicinal benefits. In Ayurveda, its antispasmodic, appetizer and digestive properties have been documented. Its antioxidant properties have been reported in the Journal of the Association of Physicians in India.
The essential oil, obtained from the steam distillation of the crushed seeds of Larger Cardamon, contain cineole. Cineole gives the herb its aroma as well as its digestive and appetizer properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The most common use of Larger or Greater Cardamom is as a mouth freshener.
- Its seeds are credited with stimulant, stomachic and astringent properties.
- It is used to treat and prevent sore throats.
- It is also prescribed in the treatment of indigestion and nausea.