Cardamom is one of the most widely used culinary spices in India. Scientifically known as Elletaria cardamomum, this herbal spice provides a strong aroma and flavor to food. It is also invaluable for its medicinal properties. Cardamom is said to be loaded with a variety of health promoting nutrients like calcium, iron, phosphorous, volatile oil (cineole), flavonoids, and ether extracts.
This warm spice has been in use since ancient times in Ayurveda for improving digestion. It acts as a carminative and an appetite stimulant. Thus, cardamom helps to ease the discomfort associated with indigestion and reduces the symptoms of hyperacidity and flatulence. It prevents mouth ulcers and malaise. Taking a small quantity of cardamom powder with water provides immediate relief from nausea and vomiting. Besides being the third most expensive spice in the world, cardamom helps to induce weight loss and control the blood pressure.
It maintains the proper functioning of the body’s metabolic activities by stimulating the secretion of various enzymes and hormones. It further regulates the excretion process by compelling the kidneys to wash out urea and toxins from the body. Cardamom is known for its potent antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Its expectorant activity helps to clear the respiratory passages, thereby proving beneficial to people suffering from asthma and bronchitis.
Its antispasmodic property facilitates better blood flow to the lungs and decreases the occurrence of pain, spasms, and convulsions. Chewing a cardamom kills bacteria in the oral cavity and keeps bad breath away. This medicinal spice is also valued for its aphrodisiac property. It is beneficial for improving erectile function and sexual power in men. Studies have shown that cardamom enhances libido and improves sexual stamina by boosting the body’s energy levels.
It also acts as a general tonic, producing a good and positive mood. Its essential oils are said to decrease metal stress and reduce tension. A massage with cardamom oil provides immediate relief from joint pains and leaves one feeling fresh and active. This multiple utility herb is also known to detoxify the system by facilitating the flush-out of waste products and toxic substances from the body.