Cardamom pods offer a warming, spicy, green flavor in this easy cardamom tea recipe. Add some ginger, honey, and milk to soften and sweeten the flavor. It has been used for congestion, nausea, and to relax. It can also freshen your breathe!
Research on some possible health benefits of cardamom is listed below.
Avoid with young children.
Cardamom has been used for centuries to help with digestive issues and nausea. Here are a few studies.
Cardamom may help in reducing blood pressure. More human studies are needed.
Cardamom has shown to reduce cholesterol levels in a few human studies. In one study, eating cardamom improved blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels (Sailesh, 2013). More research is warranted.
In a randomized study with 87 obese patients took green cardamom three times a day for three months. As a result, there were significantly reduced biomarkers related to fatty liver disease (Daneshi-Maskooni et al, 2018). More research is needed.
A cardamom supplement taken for 8 weeks reduced inflammation and oxidative stress in 80 overweight pre-diabetic female patients (Kazemi et al, 2017). More research is warranted on the antioxidant potential of cardamom.
Cardamom has been used as an age old remedy for congestion. The most prevalent constituent in cardamom, 1,8-cineole (also found in eucalyptus), may contribute to opening the breath ways. In one study, cardamom exhibited bronchial-dilating activities (Khan, Khan, & Gilani, 2011).
Cardamom may be useful in freshening breath and fighting dental microbes (Aneja & Joshi, 2009). In one study, people chewing fennel and cardamom seeds showed improved oral saliva and plaque pH (Swathi et al, 2016).
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By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC), Professional NAHA and AIA Member, LMT
Post Updated: 12/30/18