According to Ayurveda, it greatly contributes to the activity and clarity of the mind, improves cerebral blood flow, stimulates the heart, gives a feeling of lightness and well-being …
Having purchased cardamom once, you will be fascinated by the most delicate aroma and rich, sweet-tart taste with many shades, appreciate its beneficial effect on the body and discover the widest possibilities for using the healing properties of this spice in cooking, medicine and aromatherapy.
Usually there are two types of cardamom – black and green. Green grows predominantly in India and Malaysia. Black cardamom, with a more complex and strong aroma with resinous notes, is cultivated in all parts of Australia and in tropical Asia, it is often called Javanese or Bengal.
Cardamom fruits are small boxes with seeds inside. Some experts believe that the value of green cardamom is higher than black, others believe that green is inferior to black cardamom in terms of medicinal properties.
Be that as it may, but since ancient times, cardamom has been a highly valued spice. However, growing cardamom and getting the spice is an expensive, time-consuming and complex process, therefore cardamom is one of the most expensive spices in the world, the price for it is lower only than the price of saffron and vanilla. In the Indian spice market, it is the second most sold and exported spice after black pepper.
Benefits of Cardamom Seeds
Cardamom seeds contain:
- 3-8% valuable essential oil rich in substances such as amidon, terpineol, cineol, limonene and borneol, fatty oils and esters;
- carbohydrates, protein and dietary fiber;
- vitamins B1, B2, B3 and vitamin C;
- zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, potassium, copper, manganese and iron.
According to Ayurveda, cardamom greatly contributes to the activity and clarity of the mind, improves cerebral blood flow, stimulates the heart, gives a feeling of lightness and well-being, and in Britain and the United States, cardamom is officially recognized by pharmacists as an aromatic digestive tonic.
Green cardamom is the best breath freshener, just chew on 2-3 seeds. It is also useful for relieving morning weakness and lethargy and for overeating, especially if the food was fatty.
Cardamom, or as it is called in the East, “grain of paradise” is one of the most effective spices that help fight excess weight, heal even long-standing chronic obesity and get excellent results in a short time. To achieve a visible effect, you just need to sprinkle these grains on the food that you take during the day.
Cardamom has a pungent and sweet taste. Nourishes plasma, blood, bone marrow, nerve cells, affects the digestive, genitourinary, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems. It gently stimulates digestion, is part of anti-cold teas.
In cooking, as a rule, not the whole fruit is used, but the small seeds inside. The flavor of cardamom largely depends on its seeds, so when buying it, you need to make sure that the quality of the spice is good. Boxes should not be cracked, empty, wrinkled or too small (underripe).
Care must be taken when adding cardamom to the dish, as it is a strong spice. One quarter teaspoon of ground cardamom is enough to flavor a dish for 5-6 people.
In Ayurveda, cardamom is used for colds, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, hoarseness, loss of taste, poor digestion, indigestion. It is used to treat the prostate gland and strengthen the spleen. Essential oils of cardamom disperse mucus accumulated in the spleen and lungs.
A fragrant tea made from a blend of ground cardamom, ground dry ginger and cloves to help relieve stomach pain (from overeating or indigestion) and promote good bowel function.
A few cardamom seeds can eliminate nausea and stop vomiting and, according to recent medical research, are also an excellent heart tonic.
By chewing cardamom seeds, you can get rid of bad breath, relieve morning weakness and lethargy. It also cures profuse salivation (pyrosis).
Rinsing the mouth with an infusion of cardamom and cinnamon cures pharyngitis, dry throat, hoarseness, and is a reliable protection against influenza.
Eating 4-5 black cardamom seeds daily with a teaspoon of honey will improve your eyesight, strengthen your nervous system and prevent harmful microbes from entering your body.
Cardamom reduces the content of water and mucus in the body. To do this, it is usually added to fruits, such as baked pears.
Cardamom tea helps with urinary incontinence, cystitis and urethritis, has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Cardamom helps with digestive disorders in children (due to nervous diseases). In these cases, it should be combined with fennel.
A pinch of ground cardamom, brewed with tea (especially herbal tea), gives it an exceptionally pleasant fresh aroma. This fragrant tea is also used as a remedy for dysentery, indigestion, with a strong heartbeat, as well as a good tonic that relieves depression and fatigue after a hard day’s work.
A pinch of cardamom in boiled milk makes it very tasty, easy to digest, and neutralizes its ability to create mucus.
Cardamom oil is used for body pain baths, inhalation and aromatherapy.
You can talk about cardamom endlessly. And even when it seems that you already know everything about this spice, new facts and interesting information suddenly open up. So, specialists from VILAR (All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants) conducted research to identify the properties of cardamom. The plant was placed in a closed box, the air in which was contaminated with dangerous microorganisms, which were provided with ideal conditions for reproduction. After the end of the experiment, it turned out that in boxes with cardamom, the number of microorganisms was significantly less than in boxes where plants were not placed.
The maximum phytoncidal properties of cardamom appear during the period of active plant growth, that is, in the spring and summer.