It attracts you with its lingering aroma. But what many do not know is that Cardamom is not just a flavouring agent but a wonderful spice with innumerable health benefits!
It is believed to have originated in the Indian subcontinent and has always been an important ingredient in Ayurveda and also traditional Chinese medicine.
It was believed to benefit the teeth and help ease gum and throat problems, lung congestion etc and was even used as an antidote for snake bites and other venomous bites.
It has found a place in revered Ayurvedic texts –the Ashtangahridayam, the Sahasrayogyam and the Dhanwantari Nikhandu. Surprisingly, Pathimugham, the tree with wonderful medicinal properties and magical healing powers has never been in the media eye!
Pathimugham, or East Indian Rosewood, is a medicinal tree also used to make natural dye. The hard, heart wood of the tree is the medicinal part and when boiled with water, it disinfects it. When you drink it, it offers a host of healing benefits!