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Cardamom as a Natural Medicine
Cardamom belongs to Zingiberaceae family. It is an important member among spices.Cardamom is known by its small triangular seed pods with black seeds that are used as a flavoring agent in foods and drinks. Its aroma and taste is useful in making the food tastier. Cardamom is rich in carbohydrates, proteins, essential fatty acids, phosphorus and iron.
The tea made with cardamom is used as an excellent remedy in natural medicine. The cardamom tea is a natural remedy in curing addiction to smoking. It is also helpful in treating stomach pain and diarrhea. It also helps to get relief from fatigue.Cardamom is also effective in the natural treatment of bladder stones. Powdered cardamom is mixed with the decoction prepared using Horse-Purslane (Boerhavia Diffusa). If this decoction is taken twice a day for three weeks, the stones will dissolve. This will be expelled from the body through urine, thereby giving complete cure from bladder stones.
Cardamom can also act as a natural mouth freshener. Cardamom with its seed pod has to be chewed to treat mouth odor. Cardamom is also used to treat hiccups. Cardamom along with its pods is boiled in 15 mL of water along with mint leaves. This decoction if taken frequently can cure hiccups.
Cardamom is also used in treating eye problems. Glaucoma of the eyes caused by the damage of optic nerves can be effectively treated with cardamom. The powdered seeds from three cardamom pods are mixed in 15mL of honey and this has to be taken before bed for three months. This remedy can give cure from glaucoma. This remedy is also used to gain good eye sight.
Cardamom is also used to prepare a natural health tonic. One teaspoon of cardamom is boiled in 100mL of milk and is left to cool. This drink can be taken before bed by adding honey to taste. This tonic is effective to prevent memory loss. It also helps to enhance sexual energy naturally.
Cardamom is used to treat high cholesterol levels and its associated diseases like high blood pressure, atherosclerosis etc. Two teaspoons of cardamom powder is mixed in the decoction prepared by cumin seeds and is taken thrice daily to reduce the bad cholesterol levels and help in the natural treatment of high blood pressure and other problems of heart.
Continuous use of cardamom can cause mineral disintegration from the body. Hence over use of cardamom should be avoided.