Cardamom has important aromatic and flavour properties. It is used in traditional medicine for its potential health benefits, including aiding digestion, relieving stomach upsets and combating bad breath. It is also used as an ingredient in perfumes and essential oils because of its distinctive fragrance. It can be used to flavour a wide variety of dishes, both sweet and savoury. It is often used in combination with other spices to create complex and delicious flavours.