Cardamom is a spice that people have used for centuries both in cooking and as a medicine. Cardamom helps to lower blood pressure, most likely due to its antioxidant and diuretic properties. Certain compounds in cardamom may fight cancer and stop the growth of tumors in mice and test tubes. Human research is needed to validate if these results apply to humans as well. Cardamom has been used for thousands of years to help with digestion.It’s often mixed with other medicinal spices to relieve discomfort, nausea and vomiting. The use of cardamom to treat bad breath and improve oral health is an ancient remedy. It’s also common to freshen your breath by eating entire cardamom pods after a meal. The essential oils and extracts of cardamom may be effective against a variety of bacterial strains that contribute to fungal infections, food poisoning and stomach issues.