The cardamom plant is used to make spices for cooking, flavoring for drinks and medicines for both conventional pharmaceuticals and traditional Eastern cures. The herb is indigenous to India and is used around the world.
Cardamom plants come in black and green varieties, with both being some of the most expensive spices in the world. The herb has an intense aroma and a strong, unique flavor. It is used in many Scandinavian sweet breads and numerous sweet and savory sauces in Indian and Asian recipes. Chai Tea is one of the most well-known beverages associated with cardamom.
Cardamom seeds are used to create gastrointestinal treatments for heartburn, intestinal gas, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. Eastern medicine has used cardamom for centuries to treat numerous maladies, including high blood pressure, depression, hiccups and as an anti-inflammatory.