Cardamom belongs to the ginger family and contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals. According to Ayurvedic medicine, cardamom is suitable for many ailments - from digestive problems to states of depression and infectious diseases.
Cardamom has antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, diuretic and anti-inflammatory effects. The spice contains cineole, which gives a very pleasant eucalyptic flavor, pinene - which gives the flavor of pine needles, a lemony aroma - a citrus flavor and linalool - a lily of the valley flavor.
Even since ancient times, the spice was used to strengthen stomach muscles and to stimulate biliary juices. According to some sources, in ancient Egypt the spice was used for various cosmetic ointments. It was often added to perfumes and aromatic oils, since it has a strong smell.
It is believed that cardamom stimulates appetite and heals high stomach acidity.
It is also said that cardamom is a spice which can save those suffering from cancer. Cardamom is extremely flavorful and aids digestion, show various studies. Further, it helps detoxify the body. It is also suitable for infections of the urinary tract.
It is recommended for muscle pains. Regular use of the spice can help hypertonics - it decreases blood pressure. Not only this but cardamom prevents the formation of blood clots.
The spice has a positive effect on the nervous system as well - it eliminates tension and stimulates brain function. Quite often, the spices is used to heal coughs, asthma and bronchitis - it removes mucus from the body.
The spice is also regularly used to treat toothache, it cleanses the mouth cavity and freshens breath. It is believed that cardamom can only negatively affect those suffering from asthma.
The flavorful spice can be used topically - mash the seeds and apply. This way, you can alleviate headaches. The remedy made from the seeds is used for vomiting and soothing stomach gasses.
In the culinary world, cardamom takes 3rd place among the most expensive spices in the world. Saffron and vanilla are the only ones ahead of it.