Cardamom, one of my favorite spices, gives this soup a deep yet slightly sweet flavor. This exotic spice is especially common in the Indian subcontinent where it is cherished for its robust flavor and medicinal properties. For hundreds of years, cardamom has been used to treat infections, alleviate digestive problems, and increase libido. Modern science is also starting to confirm cardamom’s powerful health properties. For instance, cineole, a major component in cardamom oil, has been recently studied for its potent ability to kill off harmful bacteria and reduce infections.