AKA: Bastard cardamom, cardamon, Elettaria cardamomum, Malabar cardamom.
Effects: Contains cineole, a mild central nervous system stimulant, which may account for its reputation in Arab cultures as a male aphrodisiac. Cineole also kills bacteria that cause bad breath, and cardamom has been used to treat asthma, emphysema, gas, heartburn, acid indigestion, laryngitis, and vaginitis. Cardamom also contains the compound borneol, which is helpful in treating gallstones.
In addition, herbalists have used it to treat colic, diarrhea, and headaches.
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