Cardamom is one of the oldest spices in the world. It was known as the "Queen of Spices" by the Chinese, who considered it a cure-all. Cardamom was often used in perfumes, in both Egyptian and Latin civilizations. It was an important remedy in Medieval medicine. The Arabs believed it to be an aphrodisiac.
Cardamom extract is obtained by hydrodistillation of the seeds. It is used as a toner as it boosts microcirculation.