Cardamom Materia Medica


Cardamom has been used in both Chinese (known as Bai dou kou) and Ayurvedic medicine for over 3000 years; it was introduced to the ancient Greek physicians, including Hippocrates, more than 2500 years ago. It is said that cardamom grew in the gardens of the King of Babylon in 720 B.C.E. The ancient Egyptians chewed cardamom to both whiten their teeth and sweeten their breath. Ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine texts suggest the use of cardamom to remove fat and to treat urinary and skin disorders.

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22 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics, history and folklore; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; the gemstone eudialyte; homeopathic remedy Magnesium muriatica (Mag-m.); sweetness, the Earth element and rhythmic system; spirit body; liver and gall bladder; respiratory system; neurasthenia; Ringworm miasm; Daat/Tiferet interface.

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