Cardamom is a tropical fruit related to ginger and is one of the world's very ancient spices. It has a spicy, herbal, citrusy character, very fragrant, often described as slightly sweet with a nice warmth. It is said to uplift the spirits, clear the mind and calm the nerves.
It has been used around the world for centuries in Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic and during the Renaissance where it was an ingredient in the Elixir of Life.
It is a wonderful spice for coughs, colds, upper respiratory as well as aiding in digestion and for indigestion from stress or tension. It is an excellent detoxifier/antioxidant and has anti-microbial and anti-pathogen properties.
It is associated with the planet Venus, and has been used as an aphrodisiac as well as in love charms and potions.