Elaichi (Cardamom) Powder (100g) Pure, natural Elaichi powder.Cardamom is also known as Chhoti Elaichi in India. It is a highly valued herbal spice that is used as a culinary agent in Asian cuisines because of its intrinsic flavoring capacity. Moreover, when used as a home remedy it helps cure various ailments like indigestion, nausea, lightheadedness, etc. This aromatic spice is straw-green to bright-green in color with small, black seeds inside a pod. The fibrous, oval pod has about 8 to 16 seeds. There is another variety of this herb, that is, Black Cardamom or Cardamomum amomum which is mostly found in Asia and Australia.Cardamom is the third most expensive spice in the world and is considered as the ?Queen of Spices?. The seeds have a sweet aroma and slightly pungent taste. Its essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of cardamom seeds. The oil and left over resin is used in processed foods, liqueurs and perfumes. Scientific Name: Elettaria cardamomum Common Names: Green Cardamom, True Cardamom, Malabar Cardamom, Lesser Cardamom, Elaichi, Elaychi, Velchi, Elathari, Ela, Grawahn (Thai) Native Region This herb is native to Southern Asia, distributed from Southern India to Sri Lanka. It is also grown in Vietnam, Thailand, Guatemala, Laos, Costa Rica, Tanzania and El Salvador. The perennial bushy herb originally came into existence in the monsoon forests of the Western Ghats in southern India. It is a tropical herb plant that belongs to the ginger family Zingiberaceae. Healing Properties Cardamom has digestive, antispasmodic, carminative, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, aphrodisiac and diuretic properties. It boosts digestion and stops nausea, vomiting. Plus, the herb aids in eliminating belching and flatulence. Some other health benefits of cardamom (Elaichi) include relief from stomach pain, colon spasms (caused by ulcerative colitis) and menstrual cramps. Besides, application of cardamom oil cures teeth and gum infections. Its pleasing fragrance removes bad breath (Halitosis).Furthermore, the herb works as a mild circulatory stimulant. This warm spice improves blood circulation to the lungs. Plus, it can help lower blood pressure, especially in case of primary hypertension. The therapeutic herb also promotes urination and aids in detoxification of the body. Cardamom (Elaichi) benefits the immune system as well. In addition, studies show that it has antioxidant properties that can increase the levels of glutathione (a natural antioxidant in the body). It is also believed to have antitumor qualities. Cardamom essential oil has a balsamic aroma and expectorant qualities. Thus, when used in aromatherapy, it helps break up mucus and congestion in sinuses and lungs. It is also beneficial for those suffering from asthma or bronchitis. It has a soothing effect on muscles, nervous system and gives mental clarity. It is high in phytochemical cineole, which is a central nervous stimulant. Further, the herb?s diaphoretic properties are useful in increasing perspiration. Moreover, cardamom or Elaichi is a good source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese. Its pods contain essential volatile oils. Plus, they are rich in vital vitamins like riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C.