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Cardamom (Elaichi)

Characteristics

How it looks - It is a tall perennial herb with a branching root stock under the ground. The sharp-edged leaves have a sheathing hase. The flowers and fruits arise from the base of the stem near the ground, the fruits being three-sided with many black. fragrant seeds.

What we use - Seeds, oil

What it does -

Seeds - aromatic, cooling, stimulant, digestive, carminative, stomachic diuretic, cardiotonic, expectorant, abortifacient and tonic.

Cure for General Disorders

  • In vomiting - Boil a cardamom fruit and some ginger pieces in a glass of water and allow to cool. Take this water in doses of an ounce thrice a day to drive away nausea and vomiting.

  • To stimulate appetite - Add a few cardamom seeds and some ginger pieces to your tea as an appetiser and to improve taste perception.

  • In headache - Paste the skin of a large cardamom and apply it to the forehead. You can also add a clove and the stalk of a betel leaf to this application

  • In thirst or hiccups - Boil a few cardamom seeds in a glass of water and drink to quench long standing thirst especially due to a fatty meal. The same water can be used for relief from hiccups too.

  • In flatulence - To relieve discomfort due to gaseous distension of the abdomen, just chew a few cardamoms.

  • In urinary disorders - For an excellent diuretic, mix a tsp of cardamom seed powder and amla juice and drink twice a day.

  • In heart disorders - In Ayurvedic classics, cardamom is held to be an exceuent cardiac tonic. You could paste the roots of cardamom with some ghee and take everyday to tone your heart .

  • In throat irritation - Chewing on cardamom soothes the throat and clears any obstructing phlegm.

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