Cardamom is the dried seed pod of an herb-like plant in the ginger family and is native to India, Bhutan and Nepal. Today, cardamom is grown commercially in areas like Southeast Asia, Guatemala, New Guinea, and Vietnam! “True cardamom” is a pale green pod, but there are other varieties as well; regardless of the variety, once the pod is cracked open, it’s the tiny black seeds contained inside that are bursting with volatile oils and flavor!
Cardamom has an exotic intense aroma and flavor, it is very unique, strong, spicy-sweet, and has notes of lemon, mint, and a touch of pepper.
If you have tried Indian Masala tea (or chai tea), then you have most likely tasted cardamom already! It is commonly found in chai blends, and in Middle Eastern and Indian foods alike. Evidence shows that cardamom is one of the healthiest herbs on the planet. It is all around health giving, and naturally anti-inflammatory. We happily carry many blends that feature cardamom since it is delicious and health boosting!
Prized for centuries in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for its healing properties. Here is a quick look at some of the health benefits of consuming cardamom.
Studies show that the powerful phytonutrients in cardamom offer cancer protection and prevention of hormonal cancers. It is especially powerful against ovarian, breast, and prostate cancers.
Cardamom boosts blood circulation, which is overall heart healthy. It also lowers your blood pressure.
Commonly seen in clinics using East Indian medicine practices, five cardamom seeds chewed three times a day is prescribed as a way to kill harmful bacteria (H. pylori) that causes intestinal infections and chronic pain. It is naturally high in volatile oils, which are the main reason for its effectiveness in treating gastrointestinal disorders including IBS.
Cardamom is a powerful anti-inflammatory! It will significantly help with inflammation, headaches, and aches and pain throughout your body.
Since cardamom is related to ginger, it can be used to ward off digestive issues similarly. It will help to combat nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation, and so much more.
Ayurvedic medicine swears by cardamom tea as a means to fight depression! It is naturally uplifting, and will elevate your mood.