Welcome to the “Healthy Ayurveda Tips” Series. Today the spotlight is on the Queen of Spices” Cardamom.
Cardamom is an aromatic spice which is stimulating and refreshing in nature. It is rich in various vitamins and micronutrients as well. These include niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin C, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc.1
Cardamom is a spice that originated in India, Nepal and Bhutan but is now commonly available in super markets and spice shops and it can be either purchased as whole cardamom pods or ground powder. It is regarded as the Queen of Spices and is one of the most expensive spices, ranking third, the first and second being saffron and vanilla, respectively.
Cardamom strengthens the heart and lungs. It relieves gas. It is a pain reliever and it sharpens the mind, opens breathing and freshens the breath. It enkindles digestive fire and is a heart stimulant.2 It should only be used in small quantities, sprinkled in tea, on vegetables or in porridge, stewed fruit and sweets. The pods can be crushed slightly which will reveal the little cardamom seeds that can be ground or added directly to food.
1 – Organic Facts – Health Benefits of Cardamom. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-cardamom.html
2 – Ayurveda – The Science of Self-Healing. Dr Vasant Lad, Delhi 2002.