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Botanical name: Elettaria Cardamomum

Cardamom- Summary

Often referred to as the ‘The Queen of Spices’, Cardamom is mainly used in food preparation to enhance the flavor. Due to its strong aroma, it is largely used as a herbal pharmaceutical for ages. It is known to soothe muscle tissue and is a calming antispasmodic quite effective in colic, asthma, and the throbbing pain of a headache (triggered by a spasm in blood vessels).It has antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

About Cardamom

  • Cardamom belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and has a distinctiveintense camphor-like aroma and has a sweet yet spicy flavor.
  • cardamom is rich in various vitamins and micronutrients including niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin C, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc.
  • Cardamom is considered Ayurveda's most potent mucus destroyer.
  • It is also used as a carrier herb, helping in the digestion of stronger herbs used in tonic formulations. Heavy herbs includeShatavari, ashwagandha, vidari, and bala are made more manageable with the use of cardamom.

Cardamomand Doshas

  • Cardamom is tridoshic and helps in the management of all the three doshas - Vatta, Kapha, and Pitta
  • It is great for balancing Kapha, predominantly in the stomach and the lungs. It is also useful for mollifying Vata. The seeds are sometimes chewed to refresh the breath.

Cardamom- Health Benefits

  • Increases appetite and encourages digestion. It helps reduce bloating, borborygmus, flatulence, and indigestion
  • Cardamom has antioxidant enzymatic activity helping to control cholesterol levels
  • An excellent remedy for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory disorders
  • Dietary cardamom may be effective in countering colorectal cancer
  • A great breath sweetener
  • Improves the mood of people with depression.
  • Treats a range of kidney, bladder, and urinary problems such as nephritis, burning or painful urination, and recurrent urge to urinate
  • Useful for sexual dysfunctions such as impotency and premature ejaculation

Scientific Studies About Cardamom

  • In Medical terms the effect of cardamom supplementation on serum lipids, glycemic indices and blood pressure in overweight and obese pre-diabetic women.

Dharmsala Teas with Cardamom


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