Cardamom is a plant of the ginger family. Originates from Southeast Asia, and in Europe was adopted in the 13th century BC. Today is mostly grown in India, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand and Central America.
There are several types of cardamom, but in this article, we will address the most common and the most sought after, and it is green cardamom (Elettaria Cardamomum).
Use of cardamom
Its seed is used in food as a spice plant. Due to its specific salty – sweet taste perfectly suited to savory and sweet dishes. There is a wide range of dishes in which we can add this plant.
Let’s just say that it is added to various soups, grilled seafood, meats, vegetables, desserts and a large number of bakery products. It also has important medicinal properties and because of that is used in the pharmaceutical industry. Because of its subtle flavor is used in the cosmetics industry for the manufacture of perfume.
Cardamom as a medicine and its health benefits
Cardamom is one of the most used spices in Indian households. It not only improves the taste of food but is regularly used as a breath freshener.
However, deceptively modest-looking pods have much more to offer from the health perspective. Here are just some of the benefits that this plant provides in maintaining and improving your health.
Have you ever wondered what it is best to consume after an extensive meal to reduce the bloating in the stomach? The answer is cardamom because it has substances that accelerate digestion, reduce inflammation of the gastric mucosa, thereby reducing nausea and heartburn.
Tip: Grind in a blender 2-3 cardamom pods, a piece of ginger, 2-3 cloves and some coriander seeds. Eat them with hot water. Reduces the symptoms of indigestion, bloating and gas.
Fighter against bad breath
If you have bad breath and you’ve tried in various ways to remove it, give it a chance to cardamom. This spice has strong antibacterial properties and, in addition, has a strong taste and a pleasant smell. Furthermore, it is working on core issues and it is indigestion, which is a major cause of bad breath.
Tip: Every morning drink a tea of cardamom. This will do a good detoxification (cleansing) of the body and also strengthen the digestive system and thus prevent bad breath.
A good suggestion is that after every meal, chew a cardamom pod. It will release a variety of essential oils that will stimulate your salivary glands to intensify salivation and also will stimulate the mucous membranes of the stomach to work better.
Cardamom can alleviate symptoms of respiratory diseases
It improves the blood circulation in the lungs and thus can facilitate the symptoms of difficulty in breathing at colds, cough and, according to some experiences, in asthma.
Ayurveda (ancient Indian medicine) considers cardamom as a “hot” spice because it “heats” inside the body and helps expectoration.
Tip: If you have a cold and cough, this is the best natural remedy that will help. Add a few drops of essential oil of cardamom to the boiled water and inhale for 10 minutes.
It helps in maintaining blood pressure under control and proper heart rhythm
Rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium, this spice is a treasury of the electrolyte. One of the most important substances in your blood, body fluids and cells is potassium.
It is known that potassium affects the heart and blood pressure. Cardamom plant is rich in potassium and acts as a diuretic. It also prevents the accumulation of platelets and the formation of clots in blood vessels.
Tip: For the sake of your heart, add this spice to your meals or simply drink tea of this plant.
Good in fighting anemia
A few essential ingredients of this spice are iron, copper, and vitamins C, riboflavin, and niacin. Their combination helps to fight anemia and alleviates symptoms caused by this condition.
Tip: Add a pinch of cardamom and turmeric in a cup of warm milk. Drink this every night to beat nausea and other symptoms of anemia.
Helps the body detoxification and combat free radicals
It is an excellent source of manganese, a mineral that plays a key role in the production of an enzyme that destroys and eliminates free radicals from the body. It is also good for detoxification of the body which protects you from cancer and other related diseases.
Tip: To help your body to cleanse itself of pollutants, add cardamom in food or drink this tea.
Antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects
Cardamom contains oils that prevent the multiplication of pathogenic organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and mold. It is rich in cineole, which is a strong antiseptic and acts devastating primarily on bacteria in the mouth.
Cardamom tea – recipe
Ingredients that you need:
- water, 3 pints (1.5 l)
- black tea leaves, 3 teaspoons
- 3 cardamom pods
- 8 oz. (250 ml) of milk
- Honey or sugar to taste (optional)
Boil water and remove from heat. Then add in the leaves of black tea, cardamom pods (previously slightly opened at the top) and milk.
Heat the tea to boil again and remove from the heat. Allow cooling slightly. After that, you can strain it and drink.
Note: If you do not have cardamom pods, you can put in the tea a ¼ teaspoon of ground cardamom.
Also, it is noteworthy that this tea speeds up metabolism, burning excess fat, and thus helps to resolve excess weight.
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