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Cardamom Herb Health Benefits

Cardamom is an incredibly rich light aromatic herb, like its close relative ginger, cardamom is well known for relief of nausea, especially morning sickness in pregnancy. Cardamom also can help clear congestion from colds, flu and allergies.

 

Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance.

 

Black cardamom has a distinctly smokier, though not bitter, aroma, with a coolness some consider similar to mint.

 

Green cardamom is broadly used in South Asia to treat infections that affects the teeth and gums, to prevent and treat throat troubles, congestion of the lungs and pulmonary tuberculosis, inflammation of eyelids, and digestive disorders.

 

It also is used to break up kidney and gall stones, and was reportedly used as an antidote for both snake and scorpion venoms.

 

Cardamom is considered one of the most valuable spices in the world due to its rich aroma and therapeutic properties.

 

As a member of the ginger family, cardamom grows perennially and produces vast, fleshy root structures known as rhizomes.

 

It has large leaves, green and white flowers, an edible but slightly bitter fruit, and large seeds.

 

The seeds of the cardamom plant contain a variety of important minerals such as calcium, sulphur, and phosphorus.

 

They also contain volatile oil composed of acetic and formic acids.

 

This volatile oil, which makes up about 5 percent of the seed’s mass, has aromatic and medicinal properties, and it is what makes cardamom so valuable.

 

Cardamom prevents dangerous blood clots by preventing platelet aggregation and the sticking to the artery walls.

 

Many of the vitamins, phytonutrients, and essential oils in cardamom act as antioxidants, cleaning up free radicals and resisting cellular aging. Cardamom is an anti-spasmodic that can help gets rid of hiccups.

 

This also applies to other involuntary muscle spasms, like stomach and intestinal cramps. Cardamom enhances appetite and provides relief from acidity in the stomach. It is used in the cure of halitosis.

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