Cardamom is known for its culinary uses worldwide. It is used in spicy dishes as well as in desserts as a flavoring agent. Also, it is used as a mouth freshner. Its use is also recommended by Ayurveda in the treatment of disease of oral cavity. It also finds its application in the treatment of nausea, vomiting, dry cough and external piles.
The fruits contain an essential oil. It possesses cineol, terpineol and terpinyl acetate.