Get to Know Cardamom

Learn more about this traditional Ayurvedic spice used in more than 30 Yogi tea blends.


Origins & Sourcing

Cardamom, a relative of the Ginger family, is a perennial plant that produces large pods which are commonly used as a culinary spice. Cardamom’s unique flavor profile – often described as a blend of spice, lemon and mint – adds complexity to baked goods, stews, curries and tea blends.

We source much of the Cardamom used in our teas from the Village of Santa Teresa de Omoa, a jungle village in Honduras which produces nearly 60% of the country’s total Cardamom crop. Nearly every citizen in this small village of 1,200 is involved in the Cardamom growing and harvesting process and over the years, we have developed a close relationship with its citizens through several projects designed to improve the overall quality of life in Santa Teresa. With abundant afternoon rainfall, temperate forests and steep mountainsides offering natural drainage; this region’s climate and physical landscape are ideal Cardamom growing conditions.

A Cardamom supplier examines an organic Cardamom seedling grown in the Village of Santa Teresa, Honduras.

Cardamom & Ayurveda

Our history is rooted in the holistic teachings of Ayurveda, an ancient philosophy that recommends a holistic approach to the body and mind.

Yogi Bhajan, the original founder of Yogi, shared his knowledge of Ayurveda with his yoga students, and after yoga practice, began serving them tea made from a traditional Ayurvedic spice blend of Cardamom Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Ginger Root, and Black Pepper. When blended and brewed, this traditional blend of warming spices left you feeling vibrant and alive while supporting overall well-being.

In Ayurveda, Cardamom is considered tri-doshic, though typically more suited to those with a Vata or Kapha constitution given its warming energy.

Original Yogi Tea® | Yogi Tea

The recipe for Original Yogi Tea®, created by our founder Yogi Bhajan, features a blend of traditional Ayurvedic warming spices, including Cardamom.

In addition to its warming properties, Cardamom has been traditionally used in Ayurveda to support respiratory function, as well as to promote healthy digestion. As a natural source of carminatives – enzymes that reduce gas – Cardamom can help to ease indigestion from rich foods; while its alkaline properties can also help to soothe the stomach after consuming acidic food or drinks.

Cardamom & Yogi Teas

Carrying on the tradition that Yogi Bhajan established with his Original Yogi Tea recipe, we continue to use Cardamom in many Yogi tea blends today. In fact, Cardamom is one of the most widely used ingredients across the Yogi tea collection; featured in over 30 Yogi tea blends! We invite you to discover your perfect Yogi tea blend made with Cardamom by exploring the Cardamom section of our Ingredients page; or, try one of the suggested teas below:

Respiratory Support

Breathe Deep – Support your respiratory health with this soothing blend of Eucalyptus, Thyme, Licorice and Cardamom

Echinacea Immune Support – Sip on this blend of Echinacea, Peppermint, Cardamom and Lemongrass to support immune and respiratory function

Digestive Support

Mango Ginger – Delight your senses and promote healthy digestion with this zesty blend of Mango, Ginger and Cardamom

Cinnamon Berry Probiotic Balance – This probiotic tea combines Hawthorne Berry, Coriander and Cardamom with a probiotic for a warming blend that supports healthy digestion


  • Sue says:

    How is the spice Cardamon used
    What should I put it in?Thanks

  • Penny Thatcher says:

    Do you have any samples? I know you make very fine tea but I don’t like a lot of different teas. I hate licorice or fennel in my tea. I won’t drink any type of sweetener in my tea such as stevia. I also don’t like caffeinated tea. Does that pretty much leave me nothing??? I love relaxing bedtime tea. I love peppermint. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks 0¿0

  • Yogi says:

    Hi there, Penny!

    Happy to provide you with more information regarding our teas and ingredients. Here at Yogi, we make over 60 varieties of green, herbal and black teas. While some of our teas do contain caffeine, as well as Licorice, Fennel and/or Stevia; we do make several teas that do not contain these ingredients and are also naturally caffeine free or decaffeinated. A few suggestions are provided below:

    Yogi Green Tea Pure Green Decaf

    Yogi Green Tea Kombucha Decaf

    Yogi Comforting Chamomile

    Yogi Purely Peppermint

    Yogi Raspberry Leaf

    We kindly ask that you be in touch at regarding your sample request. Please feel free to let us know of any further questions that you may have! Enjoy and be well.

  • Yogi says:

    Hi there Sue!

    Cardamom is found in over 30 Yogi tea blends, and is traditionally used for its warming and digestive properties. Cardamom has a number of culinary applications, and if often used to add delicious flavor to baked goods, curries, stews and many other dishes. We hope this information is helpful! Enjoy and be well.

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