Benefits of Cardamon (Iliki) – Spices of Malindi

Many households in Malindi, towns on the Kenyan coast, and the East African Coast, in general, like to use the cardamon also spelled as cardamom, locally known as iliki in Swahili as it adds a good smell and aroma to food.

Is it Cardamom or cardamon?

The debate on the difference between cardamom and cardamon has been there for a while. You being here is evidence enough that you are looking for an answer, so is it cardamom or cardamon? Simply put, cardamom is just an alternative spelling for cardamon!


cardamom (cardamon) iliki on malindians spices

Nutritive Content of Cardamon (iliki)

However, apart from good aroma also has many nutrients including vitamins A and C, minerals such as calcium, potassium, sodium, copper, zinc, and magnesium.

According to the U.S. Agriculture and Nutrition unit(USDA), it states that every 100grams of cardamon or iliki has 68 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of proteins, and two grams of fiber.


It also gives the kidney the ability to remove the waste and help keep a clean digestive tract.

It also helps to remove the gas, heartburn, and bloating in the stomach and the problem of constipation.

This can be used when cardamon or iliki is ground into powder form. Use one tablespoon of hot water in a cup of tea. Drink every day for two weeks you’ll see good results in your body.

Another study done by the Pharmacy of King Saud University in Said Arabia determined that it has a great ability to improve blood veins in the heart and thus protect it against various heart diseases.

It also removes mouth disease that smells bad and treats mouth wounds.

Use the flour mixed with the water of movement and then don’t put it in your mouth every morning and evening for three weeks.

Medicinal Value of Cardamon (iliki)

This spice also plays a vital role in urinary tract healing for infections in patients with sexually transmitted infections. Use one spoon of flour in light porridge in a cup of tea every day for two weeks.

It also helps protect cancer and blood pressure if you use it based on instructions from health professionals.

It also has the ability to manage asthma in its early stages when it is mixed with cinnamon as well as helps reduce throat pain.

Where to buy Cardamon

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2 thoughts on “Benefits of Cardamon (Iliki) – Spices of Malindi”

  1. so good content.!.. but what is the value..? whats the call to action?… you should atleast tell me where can i buy it in Malindi, how can i grow it or where i can get seedlings for that you have any of that information.

    • Thanks for your amazing feedback. Your comment is a pivotal point to our website. It has made us overhaul our goal for the site. Initially, we were targeting to just providing helpful information to our readers. But we have seen that we can do beyond that. You can now have options to where you can buy cardamom (iliki).


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