High blood pressure, Bronchitis, Common cold and other infections, Constipation, Cough, Epilepsy, Gallbladder problems, Gas, Headache, Heartburn, Intestinal spasms, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Liver problems, Loss of appetite, Nausea and vomiting after surgery, Sore mouth and throat, Urinary problems,Diabetes.
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This member of the Ginger family (Zingiberaceae) hails from India. Interestingly, Guatemala is the largest exporter of Cardamom seedpods today, followed by India. The seeds have an incredibly strong, aromatic, almost intoxicating aroma and while black Pepper was called the King of Spices, Cardamom has been called the Queen.
The seeds have been traded as a commodity and are reputed to be the third most expensive spice by weight next to saffron and vanilla. It has found its way into regional cuisine in India, Southeast Asia, China, Finland, and many other countries. One of the most refreshing ways to experience Cardamom is to drink a fine cup of Chai spiced with cardamom.
The seeds contain a very high amount of volatile oils, characteristic of so many of the aromatic plants and have been used medicinally as a digestive aid by most cultures. Cardamom popularly known as the ‘Queen of Spices’ is used as a flavoring agent and as a mouth freshener.
It has antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Cardamom is useful in preventing vomiting and nausea. It also helps to manage indigestion, flatulence and gives relief from stomach pain. Cardamom powder with honey is an effective home remedy for cough with mucus.
Cardamom is used for build up of fat in the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD), diabetes, and high cholesterol, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods, cardamom is used as a spice. It is also used in soaps, creams, and perfumes.
How does it work?
Cardamom contains chemicals that might treat intestinal spasms, kill some bacteria, reduce swelling, and help the immune system.
Possible side effects include:
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Cardamom is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth as a medicine during pregnancy. There is concern that taking cardamom might cause a miscarriage. There isn't enough reliable information to know if cardamom is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
- Gallstones: If you have gallstones, do not take cardamom in amounts greater than those typically found in food. The cardamom seed can trigger gallstone colic (spasmodic pain).
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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