In India, cardamom was traditionally considered as a herb and was one of the ingredients in Ayurveda. Cardamom is rich in various vitamins and micro-nutrients as well. These include niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin C, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc.
It was believed to be a remedy for teeth and gum infections, throat problems, congestion of the lungs, pulmonary tuberculosis, inflammation of the eyelids, gastrointestinal disorders, disintegrating kidney, and gall bladder stones, and was also used as an antidote for poisons and venoms.
It is also commonly used as flavorings and cooking spices in both food and drink. Our cardamom comes from the Malabar region of Kerala famed world over for spices.