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Cardamom may be good for you

health and fitness Updated: May 15, 2010 17:26 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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CardamomCardamom (cumin cardamom) or, in India, elaichi, is called the queen of spices. Apart from its aromatic fragrance used for flavouring foods, cardamom is also a digestive system tonic and an essential oil in aromatherapy. Here are some of cardamom’s health benefits:

It helps relieve gas and heart burn.

A paste of cardamom applied on the forehead gives instant relief from a headache.

Chew a cardamom when you have to step out in the sun, because it provides protection against heat stroke.

Cardamom acts as a breath freshener because of its fragrance.

Since it detoxifies caffeine, it is a very good refinement spice.

It’s ‘tridoshic’ because it helps balance the three doshas. A little cardamom helps balance kapha.

It’s useful in respiratory disorders.

If you suffer from asthma and whooping cough, eat a paste of cardamom powder and honey.

It has very good anti-spasmodic abilities, so it is helpful in stopping spasms and tremors.

Cardamom helps in the stimulation and regulation of gastric juices, and balances stomach acids.

It helps to cure gum and tooth infections.

It supports the detoxification of the body.

If you have urinary problems, mix cardamom with amla, curd, or honey.

It warms the respiratory tract and by doing this, increases blood circulation to the lungs.

If you have stomach cramps, take a mix of cardamom, long pepper and ghee.

Cardamom helps improve the voice.

It has some role in relieving hiccups.

Ayurveda names it as an antidepressant.

It helps when you’re nauseous.

Its aroma has encouraging effects on the nervous system.