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Top 10 Proven Health benefits of Cardamom (Elaichi)

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Cardamom also called elaichi is one of the main ingredient in Indian cuisines. Whether it is spicy food or sweet food; the use of cardamom is always there. It adds a tint of sweetness to your food making it much enjoyable and tastier.

The use and importance of elaichi is known to all but only few are aware of its health properties. As we know, whatever we eat has some nutrients and health properties in it. Same, this very spice is also mend with certain health benefits. Well, today our topic is “Cardamom”. We will be talking about its uses, etymology benefits and many other things. So, lets proceed to this.


What is Cardamom(Elaichi) ?

It is a spice thing which has fragrant dark seeds and induced with a sweet-smell. Cardamom is also called cardamom which is a native plant to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nepal, India and many other countries.

It is regarded as the world’s third most expensive spice as compared to vanilla and saffron. The cardamom plant is 3-4 ft tall and the leaves are 3-4 inch wide, smooth both the both sides. The leaves are typically bottle green in colour which looks similar as those of turmeric plants.


The plant bears white-pinkish flowers which are generally seen in bunches. It gets matured to fruits which are tiny, oval-shaped, greenish and cute ones. The seeds have a fragrant sweet kernels. The seeds contain a fragrant oil which has a good amount of Ciniol in it.

It is typically found in Eastern Himalayan regions; especially in Nepal, Sikkim, Bengal and Assam.  It is also found in areas of Kerala like Munnar which is world-famous for its spice cultivation.


English nameCardamom
Hindi nameEliaichi
Sanskrit nameBrihadela, Baula, Sthulaila
Family nameZingiberaceae
Botanical nameAmomum subulatum

Uses of Cardamom (Elaichi)

  • Cardamom is used in almost all the sweet preparation. It adds sweetness and a flavour to your sweets making it much tastier. Milk peda, Gulab Jamum, Rasmalai, Son papidi etc all contains cardamom extracts in it. Well, the season of sweets are coming which is ‘Raksha Bandhan’, Durga puja, Diwali etc. Induced yourself in the taste of these sweets and make your life sweeter too.
  • Cardamom is used as a spice in may food articles like Biryanis, Fried rice, Halwa and many more.
  • The kernels are dried and grinded which forms ‘elaichi powder’ which is multi-purpose.
  • Cardamom is used as a traditional flavouring substance in tea, coffee and many other herbal drinks.
  • Cardamom i=oil is regarded as the traditional and Chinese medicine.
  • The sweet kernels are often added in mouth fresheners and alone is also used as a mouth freshener.

Now, lets move to the Health benefits of Cardamom. You will be amazed and be thinking; Such as tiny spice can be so miraculous! So, now have a look on the following points and have a glimpse of curative properties.

10 Health benefits of Cardamom (Elaichi)


1. For Toothache

  • Take equal quantities of clove oil and cardamom oil.
  • Apply this on teeth using a cotton bud or simply finger.
  • Or, boil 4-5 fruits of cardamom in 500 ml of water.
  • Give this water to the patient for gargle.
  • Grind cardamom and mix it with honey. Apply this to the boils in mouth.
  • It not only cures toothache but also relieves in all kinds of oral problems.


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