Monday, February 15, 2010
HEALING PROPERTIES OF CARDAMON
This native herbs came from ginger family called Zingiberaceae. Cardamon known as Elleturia cardamonium. It is a perennial plants. It has a tall stem or cane that grow out of rhizomes. Indians in the forest was the home of this plant. The flower spikes produce white or pale green flowers. It has a green pod capsules containing less than 20 seeds, a small black in color and sticky in form. A ripe, dark and hard seeds with brown in color is the best quality seeds.
It has a very pleasant, aromatic and sweet fragrance.
Properties: Essential oils containing a-terpineol, myrcene, limonene, menthone, b-phlellandrene, cineol, sabinene, heptane, a-terpenylacetate, sabinene, limonene and borneol.
It relieves flatulence and indigestion. A tea has a soothing tonic after a heavy meals. Good for nausea and vomiting. It has the power to lower cholesterol. If taken regularly, a good aid in reducing weight. It has a carminative properties. Has a digestive action. Found to treat colds, fever, bronchitis. It has anti-inflammatory properties for infection. Helpful for the treatment of liver complaints. The chewed seeds is good to control bad breath giving a good flavor, freshness and coolness. Considered a decongestant for cold. It de-congest stuffy nose. The pyto-chemical cineole was the reason to break chest congestion. It boosts the entire central nervous system.
They believed it has aphrodisiac properties. It is helpful to break up gallstones and kidney stones. It treats inflammation of the eyelids. It has the ability to treat pulmonary tuberculosis, or congestion of lung. It was found to be a good antidote for snake and scorpion bites. Good for the treatment of stomachache, constipation and dysentery.
Other Uses: Has a unique taste with intense aromatic fragrance. Common in Indian cooking as culinary herb. It is an expensive spice. Has floral flavor. Used in curries, sweets, desserts, rice pudding and milk.