Cardamom or Elettaria Cardamomum

Small Cardamom

Cardamom (Elettaria Cardamomum, एला in Sanskrit, इलायची in Hindi):

Large Cardamom
Large Cardamom

(VPK=) It is a ‘Tridosh Nashak’, and pacifies all the three doshas. (P+ especially for large cardamom).

It is Pungent and Sweet in taste. ‘Virya’ is Cooling. ‘Vipaka’ is Sweet. It is Light and Penetrating.

Bio-Chemically, it consists of Natural Fibres, Proteins, Calcium, Traces of Iron and Acetic Acid.

Medicinally, it is Carminative, Digestive (Relieves Flatulence), Diuretic, Anti-Emetic, Anti-Spasmodic, Aphrodisiac and Expectorant Agent. 

Few medicinal benefits:
  • Appetite Loss, Indigestion, Vomiting, Distension:

Add 1/4th teaspoon of Cardamom Powder to a glass of water, and boil for a minute. Add Honey to taste and drink sip by sip.

  • Dry Cough:

Take the peel off the 4-5 of them, roast and then powder them. Add it to a teaspoon of Desi Ghee and add Jaggery to taste. Have this twice a day.

  • Bad Breath, Mouth Ulcers and Inflammation:
  1. Prepare a Decoction with 4-6 crushed Cardamom and a pinch of roasted Alum (Phitkari, in Hindi).
  2. For toothache, simply apply Cardamom Oil on affected parts.
  • Chest Congestion – Heart ache:

Take Cardamom and Long Pepper Powder in equal quantities (say, 1/4th teaspoon or lesser) and have it with Pure Desi Cow ghee (say, 1 teaspoon).

  • Emaciated Condition, General Weakness, Convalescence (Recovering from Sickness):

Take 2-3 crushed Cardamom, 5-7 Peeled Almonds (Immersed Overnight in Water), a Teaspoon of Gur (Jaggery) and 2 Teaspoons of Desi Cow Ghee (Melted on a Heated Metal Spoon). Take this mixture, Empty Stomach in the Morning for a Period of 3 weeks. 

Contra-Indications: Ulcers, Conditions of High Pitta, especially for Large Cardamom.

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