This spice cardamom helps detoxify or helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.
Halitosis – In India they chew cardamom after meals or whenever they need to freshen their breath.
Diuretic – Part of the reason cardamom is such a good detoxifier is thanks to the diuretic properties. It helps clean the urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys, removing waste, salt, excess water, toxins, and combating infections too.
Depression – The science behind the antidepressant qualities of cardamom hasn’t been studied yet, but Ayurvedic medicine swears by the tea as a means to fight depression. Oral Health – Apart from helping with bad breath, cardamom is used for mouth ulcers and infections of the mouth and throat.
Cold and Flu – This pungent spice may help prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms. It’s also used for bronchitis and coughs
and for me …
!!!My top favorite is this drink, Cardamom Hot Chocolate 🙂
How to make Cardamom Hot Chocolate
- When using dark cooking chocolate , melt before whisking together with the sugar and salt, in a saucepan (if using option two, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar and the salt ) then add ¼ cup of the milk and the crushed cardamom.
- Cook on a medium heat stirring until it blends the mixture and to prevent from burning.
- Add the remaining milk and cook to medium heat, without reaching boiling point 🙂
- Pour into a large 2 cup bowl through a strainer, then pour into cups, enjoy the cardamom hot chocolate! Yummm and healthy for you.
Other Cardamom health benefits
Cancer – Animal studies are showing promise that cardamom protects against, inhibits growth, and even kills some cancers.
Blood Pressure – As a diuretic and fiber rich spice, cardamom significantly lowers blood pressure.
Blood Clots – Cardamom prevents dangerous blood clots by preventing platelet aggregation and the sticking to the artery walls.
Antioxidant – Many of the vitamins, phytonutrients, and essential oils in cardamom act as antioxidants, cleaning up free radicals and resisting cellular aging.
Pathogens – The volatile essential oils in cardamom inhibit the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungus, and mold.
Anti-inflammatory – Like ginger and turmeric, its relatives, cardamom has some anti-inflammatory properties that limit pain and swelling, especially in mucus membranes, the mouth, and throat.
Hiccups – Cardamom is an anti-spasmodic that can help get rid of hiccups. This also applies to other involuntary muscle spasms, like stomach and intestinal cramps.
Aphrodisiac – Traditional medicine lists cardamom as a powerful aphrodisiac that can help with erectile dysfunction and impotence.
Health tips from Charlie Pulsipher with thanks!!!
With much love,