Cardamom is known to have its roots in India. This humble condiment is commonly known as elaichi in Indian cuisine and is used in preparations such as curries, rice preparations, snacks, sweets and even tea. Though it is widely used for culinary purposes, it is also used in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties. Cardamom tea is the ideal choice of beverage to keep oneself warm during the chilly winters. Here are some benefits of cardamom:
According to the Ayurvedic system, cardamom is said to balance out all the doshas in the human body, vata, pitta, and kapha. The vata dosha is known to control movement. The pitta dosha is known to control metabolism. The kapha dosha is said to control structure. Therefore cardamom is called tridoshic.
Cardamom is known to bring warmth in the body and therefore helps in reducing cold and headaches that are due to cold weather.
Cardamom is known to be beneficial in aiding digestion. It is also considered good for flatulence and gastro problems.
Equipped with de-toxifying properties, cardamom also helps to improve blood circulation. In small quantities they are known to be beneficial for people suffering from asthma and bronchitis.
It is effective in keeping bad breath at bay. It also helps in fighting teeth and gum infections.
It is a good source of minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium.
Cardamom also contains vitamins like niacin, riboflavin and vitamin C that are important for the smooth functioning of the body.
Power Yoga practitioner, Dhrti Yoga