Cardamom isn’t only just an herb for cooking. It has a lot of health benefits as well. It has been used in Indian and Chinese cultures as medicine. Check out the uses and benefits you can get from cardamom.
Detoxifies the body
In using cardamom regularly, you provide treatment for problems concerning the kidney and bladder. It’s great for kidney stones, painful or frequent urination, and nephritis, Cardamom is also used to treat urinary tract infections. It lowers blood pressure and gets rid of urea and calcium that has been accumulating in the kidneys.
The carminative quality of cardamom aids in digestion, as it decreases bloating and flatulence, and can also be useful in treating colic and stomach cramps. Cardamom can also increase the flow of bile. Which also aids digestion. Because of this, cardamom is considered grate against dysentery, indigestion, types of infections in the stomach, constipation and other digestive problems.
The potent antioxidant properties of cardamom aid in the replenishment of vitamins that people with anemia lose. The iron, manganese, copper and other essential vitamins help combat anemia symptoms like exhaustion. The nutrients in cardamom also increase the levels of red blood cells, as well as cellular metabolism.
Treats dental diseases
Cardamom has for hundreds of years, been used to deal with dental problems. And many people believe that these spices are better than antibiotics because they don’t have the antibiotics’ side effects, like the lowering of the levels of probiotic bacteria in the intestines.
The essential oils are great for making the mucous lining in the stomach stronger, and increasing secretion of saliva. There is also an improvement in your appetite and a decrease in the acidity you may feel during an attack of acidity.
More uses of cardamom for beauty and health
Provides relief for cough and colds
The best way to naturally relieve yourself of the symptoms of cough or colds is to inhale the steam from the boiling mixture of a couple of drops of elaichi essential oil and water.
Gets rid of hiccups
Boiling a couple of cardamom pods in water, and consuming this (once cooled of course) can help you stop hiccupping.
Relieves symptoms of anemia
Mix turmeric and powdered elaichi (one or two pinches) in a glass of warmed milk, and sugar if desired. Consume this daily, before you go to bed to combat exhaustion and other effects of anemia.
Combat bad breath
Chewing on an elaichi pod after eating or drinking some elaichi tea when you wake up in the morning detoxifies and makes your digestive system stronger. This keeps you from having bad breath.
Soothes sore throat
Try boiling cardamom and cinnamon in water, and gargling with the mixture daily in the morning to manage the pain of a sore throat.
Protects the skin
Cardamom, when boiled in water can be used to keep the skin toned and youthful-looking, as well as protect the skin against premature aging.
Keeps the hair healthy
Once again, boiling cardamom has its uses. Regularly rinse your hair after shampooing to ensure better health and shine.