Meet the cardamom! This aromatic herb from the Plantae kingdom comes from the tropical forests of India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Sumata.
It has been known since ancient times for its excellent health and gastronomic benefits and properties since 700 in India, then it was known for its distribution in Europe in 1200.
Today, cardamom is known in South and Central American countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, and its main center of cultivation is in India and Siri Lanka.
This plant is generally used for gastronomy, due to its unique flavor and intense aroma, but did you know that it also brings hundreds of benefits to your body? Let’s see!
Properties and benefits of cardamom.
Cardamom has essential oils which help and strengthen the body as well as promote good health as they improve and relieve pain, serve as relaxing agents and also work for beauty.
In addition, it contains starch, which strengthens and gives energy to our body.
Starch also works to activate the metabolism and gives a feeling of fullness, which makes it essential for those who want to lose weight. It also helps the intestine fight off pathogens that damage it.
Cardamom contains fiber, which is highly recommended by doctors to keep digestion and stool in good condition. It also supports good colon health and prevents future constipation issues.
Cardamom has a stimulating effect on the body, which keeps us alert, energetic and active throughout the day.
Also, as mentioned earlier and thanks to its essential oils, cardamom has been shown to be effective in relieving headaches, general discomfort, pain caused by inflammation of hemorrhoids and any type of inflammation, and it will help also to prevent and fight all possible infections that may or are occurring in the body.
Cardamom helps reduce unpleasant body odor, caused by sweating or bad breath. In addition, thanks to its diuretic properties, it allows correct and constant urination, prevents water retention and keeps the urinary system in good condition.
As we mentioned earlier, thanks to its fiber and essential oils, cardamom speeds up metabolism and also maintains a well-functioning digestive system, which makes it ideal if you are looking to lose weight naturally.
Cardamom also helps us alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by hemorrhoids, thanks to its anti-inflammatory power, it will help us to cope better with possible infections that occur in the body.
Uses of cardamom.
Here are some uses you can make of this wonderful plant:
- Tea: To make delicious and relaxing cardamom tea, you need to place ¼ cup of seeds in half a cup of boiling water for five minutes. Then put the water in a teapot with black tea, filter the seeds and enjoy!
- Food: Put cardamom seeds in your grinder and add them to your favorite foods while cooking to add more flavor and aroma.
- Stomach ache: To improve stomach upset, place 10 drops of cardamom essence in olive oil and then gently rub the stomach for 5 minutes.
- Appetite: If you suffer from poor appetite, drink the aforementioned cardamom tea 30 minutes before meals to increase your urge to eat.
You can also use the infusion of cardamom oil to perform relaxing massages on other parts of the body.
The tea can also be used to prevent stomach problems, such as diarrhea, constipation, gas, slow digestion, among others.
To do this, you need to drink the tea 3 times a day if you are suffering from intestinal problem.
Remember to consult your doctor before starting any treatment with herbal remedies.