Cardamom is a spice made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. Cardamom has a strong, pungent flavor and aroma, with hints of lemon, mint, and smoke. Cardamom is used mainly in Indian cooking as well as Middle Eastern cuisine. In Indian recipes, whole cardamom pods are used in preparing basmati rice and various curries. • Cardamom is used internally for indigestion, nausea, vomiting and pulmonary disease with copious phlegm. • It can be used with a laxative to prevent stomach pain, griping, as well as flatulence. • Cardamom seeds are chewed to sweeten the breath and to detoxify caffeine. Green cardamom is extensively used to treat infections in teeth and gums. Cardamom is also brought in used to kidney stones and gall stones.