A plant commonly used in South Asia for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Cardamom is a member of the ginger family, and it is one of the world’s most expensive spices.

Some lubricants use the essential oil of cardamom as an anti-inflammatory. It should not be used by people with gallstones, but in general, cardamom is very safe when applied to the skin or when taken internally. As is the case with any spice, it can cause an allergic reaction in some users.