Cardomom seeds add such a vibrant, deeply wooded flavor to stews and other dishes. It’s always a surprise when I’m struck with a big seed in my spoonful of kitchari but the flavor is kind of refreshing. Which is why I’m not surprised that in some Asian cultures chewing a cardamom seed is a remedy for bad breath. It also helps the gassy people get it all out, which is beneficial for everyone!
Scientific Name: Elettaria cardamomum [aka: brown cardamom, Java cardamom, Bengal cardamom, Kravan, white cardamom, Siamese cardamom, and red cardamom]
Magickal Stats: Elementally air, ruled by Mars, Mercury & Uranus
Parts Used: Seeds, essential oil
Improves Function of:
- Liver & Gallbladder
- Digestive System
Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:
- Flatulence & Colic
- Nausea & Stomach Issues
- Bad breath, tooth & mouth issues
Assists Spiritually With:
- Promoting the combination of love, attraction and a union of equals
- Enhance inspiration in a project
How Does It Work?
Cardamom has a lot of antioxidants which makes it great for healing skin and bulking up the immune system. It also contains a volatile oil that aides in digestion and treats intestinal spasms and other stomach issues. This oil also helps to move blocked food through the intestines and digestive tract. I commonly use these seeds in kitchari, an Ayurvedic and Indian stew that helps regulate the digestive system.
What Do I Do With It? The seeds can be cooked or made into a tea just as long as the oil is extracted from them before taking orally. Essential oils can also be put into a bath for stress and depression relieving aromatherapy. Also simply chewing the seeds can remove bad odors from the mouth.