Sanskrit name: Ela, Elachi
Botanical name: Elettaria cardamomum
Habitat: It is found in the southern region of India.
- Rasa (taste): Pungent, Sweet
- Virya (action): Cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
- Dosha (constitution): Balances pitta, vata and kapha
Ayurveda confirms Cardamom as Tridoshic, which is known to balance all the three doshas. It acts as a mild laxative and is helpful in stomach cramps and other digestion related disorders. It is used as a spice in India for cooking purpose, but can help greatly in respiratory allergies and nausea.