Latin Name: Elettaria cardamomum
Common Names: green or true cardamom
Origin: native to southern India
Distribution Area: It is cultivated widely in tropical regions and reportedly naturalized in Réunion, Indochina, and Costa Rica
Botanical Information: Elettaria cardamomum is a piquant, fragrant, herbaceous, everlasting plant. Its growth is about 2-4 m in height. The leaves are represented of linear-lanceolate class of 40-60 cm long with a lengthy sharp upper part. The flowers are white to lilac or pale violet, produced in a detached prickle 30–60 cm long. The fruit is a trihedral yellow-green pod of 1–2 cm long, consisting of a number of black and brown seeds.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF CARDAMOM
The chemical composition of plant seeds includes numerous useful components. Cardamom can boast a high content of
- essential and fatty oils
- B vitamins
Thanks to a combination of such microelements, the cardamom plant has strengthening, carminative, gastric, stimulating, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CARDAMOM
- Helps to cure stomach disorders
- Reduces risk of colorectal cancer
- Aids in improving blood circulation
- Good remedy for nausea and vomiting
- Gives relief from asthma, sore throat and hiccups
- Helps to improve cardiovascular health
- Effective remedy for curing urinary tract diseases
- Pods and seeds can be chewed as a breath freshener
- Aids stomach pain and gas prevention
- Assists with skin problems
- Regulates blood pressure
- Aids respiratory issues
- Natural cough syrup
- Assists with anaemia
- Removes toxins
- Uses for anti-depressant properties
- Removes heartburn
- Aids cold and flu symptoms
- Prevents blood clotting
- Delivers a cooling sensation to skin
- Has a beneficial effect on hair
- Treats headaches
- Promotes sweating
- Natural insect repellent
- Prevents osteoporosis
APPLICATION OF CARDAMOM IN FOLK MEDICINE
A particularly effective remedy can be offered for the treatment of all kinds of the respiratory tract diseases. With pharyngitis, you can prepare a healing medicine from half a teaspoon of chopped cardamom and one glass of boiling water. The mixture should be infused for an hour, then it should be strained. After that, you can gargle up to five times a day.
For the treatment of insomnia, it is recommended to prepare another remedy, taking 1 tsp. of well mashed fruits and brew them with a glass of boiling water. After the decoction cools down, you should drink it in about half an hour before bedtime.
To improve digestion, you can use a special collection. We take 20 grams of cardamom and 30 grams of cumin. Mix all carefully. One cup of boiling water requires 2 tsp. of mixture. After 10 minutes, strain and drink 100 ml per day.
For those men who want to get rid of impotence, you can advise to brew a pinch of cardamom in a glass of milk with honey. You need to drink this remedy every evening.
For a significant improvement in vision, you can mix 1 tsp. of honey and 5 seeds of a plant. This mixture is recommended to use a daily taking 1 teaspoon.
For the preparation of miraculous tea with cardamom, it is necessary to mix 20 grams of the presented spice gently with 20 grams of cumin and a pinch of fennel. Fennel is not recommended to take more than 10 grams. The resulting mixture is poured into a glass of boiling water. After about 20 minutes, tea can be strained and drunk during the day for 100-150 grams per day. It is indispensable in flatulence, and also improves appetite. Moreover, this remedy is prescribed in case of dangerous gastrocardiac syndrome, which is expressed by serious cardiovascular changes.
To prepare mint tea with cardamom against hiccups, you need just to make a simple tea from mint, and to add a pinch of spice.
To use cardamom seeds against flatulence, you need to chew cardamom seeds or add fennel to cardamom tea.
We need 3-4 pieces of cardamom seeds and 1 teaspoon of honey to strengthen the nervous system. Mix all the ingredients. The mixture must be consumed every day for 1 time, at any time.
For now, there are no specific contraindications for cardamom use. However, it is not recommended taking it during pregnancy. In addition, its use should be stopped, if there is individual intolerance or hypersensitivity to the skin (with external procedures).
CARDAMOM LIQUID EXTRACT
Exquisite cardamom extract has a huge number of useful properties. Such a wonderful remedy perfectly normalizes the complex process of digestion, while simultaneously exerting a carminative and antiseptic effect.
In addition, it should be noted that cardamom extract enhances the activity of the stomach, increases sexual activity and improves overall well-being. It is indicated for the treatment of flatulence, heartburn, helps to get rid of nausea, and also relieves the condition with a beginning respiratory infection. It is indicated for various fungal diseases, with lichen and scabies. Often, cardamom extract is prescribed for all kinds of peripheral circulatory disorders.
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.