Cardamom bears the scientific name elettaria cardamomum. It is a herbaceous plant with various names such as green, Malabar and aromatic cardamom. Cardamom is part of the Zingiberaceae family. Indeed, it is considered an aphrodisiac and stimulating. This plant of Indian origin, in the coast of Malabar helps to treat digestive disorders easily. It contains calcium, iron, potassium, antioxidants and magnesium. Its active ingredients are mainly defined by the presence of 28% terpene oxide and 45% alpha-terpenyl.
What drives people to use it?
For the Chinese, cardamom is used for treat throat diseases naturally. In the same way, it is a miraculous antidote for poisons. Cardamom is above all a very interesting plant for health and cooking. Apart from being effective for natural treatment, the Indians have also used it since antiquity in different recipes. With an intense fragrance, this spice goes perfectly with rice or breads. With its aromatic property, it is produced in the form of essential oil thus avoiding slack, headaches and depression. Its seed is rich in vitamin B2/B6 which gives it an analgesic effect that can treat dental disease and bad breath.
Under what figure is cardamom used in herbal medicine?
Cardamom is available in powder, essential oil, capsules, decoction, tincture, poultice or infusion. The elements selected are mainly leaves and seeds.
The recommended daily dosage varies by use and type:
- Powder (1.5g)
- Between 1 to 2 g of tincture (5 to 10 drops to be taken three times)
- Seed (1 teaspoon)
- Infusion (1 teaspoon powder)
Positive effects of cardamom on metabolism
In Ayurvedic, it is known for naturally treat urinary tract infections such as gonorrhea and cystitis. It alleviates respiratory disorders (tuberculosis, asthma, etc.), kidney stones, anorexia, anemia and cardiovascular problems.
Cardamom prevents early aging of cells caused by pollution, anxiety or junk food. It plays an important role in the fight against colorectal cancer. It also seems to have a slimming effect. This is due to the presence of fiber which provides a long feeling of satiety. An experiment on rats has also confirmed the effectiveness of cardamom on the elimination of belly fat.
Cardamom: distrust and possible contraindication
With a disproportionate dose, cardamom can be toxic. It is in your best interest to consult an experienced practitioner before use. Same measure for sufferers of heart problems. Cardamom essential oil is not recommended at all for young children and pregnant women.