Cardamom - Elettaria Cardamomum
This Cardamom (Elettaria) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details about this e-book are here.
Cardamom - Elettaria cardamomum in the Zingiberaceae or Ginger family
Part used: Seed.
Taste/smell: Spicy, and aromatic.
Tendencies: Warming, drying.
Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon of crushed seeds per cup of water; or 1:3.5 dry liquid extract: 20-30 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.
Use: (a) Carminative.
Cardamom seeds are mostly used for colic, gas and also a flavoring and preservative for foods in the west. However, they have the promise of being so much more.
Cardamom has been shown to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in studies.
Cardamom essential oil has shown antimicrobial activity that includes quorum sensing inhibition of some microbes and the ability to inhibit biofilm production. An extract with acetone was found to be very potent in it’s ability to inhibit the fungus Candida albicans through biofilm inhibition.
Contraindications: Need to be studied.
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