Botanical Name: Amomum subulatum
Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Common name: Black Cardamom, hill cardamom, Indian Cardamom.
Hindi: बड़ी इलायची
Black Cardamom is an evergreen plant that grow up to 5 ft tall. Leaves are found on the upper portion of the stem. The old stems die down after a few years. The rhizomes are a dull red colour. Flower buds appear in spring from the base of the rhizome. The peduncle is short and the buds encased in tight red bracts. Flowers appear from spring through mid summer. Individual flowers stay open for three days and more and new ones open successively. An inflorescence stays in flower for over a month. Its seed pods have a strong camphor-like flavor, with a smoky character derived from the method of drying. The pods are used as a spice, in a similar manner to the green Indian cardamom pods, but with a different flavor.
How to use Internally:
Add half tsp sugar with 4g of black cardamom powder. Put it on your tongue and let it melt.
Boil quater tsp of black cardamom powder in a cup of water. Drink it when you feel like vomiting.