The major use is for the preparation of ‘gahwa’ – a strong cardamom coffee concoction which is a symbol for hospitality among Arabs. Apart from this cardamom is widely used as a flavouring material in whole and ground form. In Asia, it can add a lingering sparkle to every kind of dishes both traditional and modern. In Scandinavian countries it is used in baked goods and confectionaries. In Europe and North America it is an ingredient in curry powder and in some sausages products.
Cardamom oil and oleoresin has applications in flavouring processed foods, cordials, and liquors and in perfumery and in Ayurvedic medicines.
Benefits of Cardamom Seeds For Skin:
Whoever thought that cardamom seeds would be the fountainhead to clean and healthy skin? Cardamom seeds indeed help in cleansing the skin, thereby removing all toxins and giving it a natural glow.
1. Cardamom seeds will help in hydrating your skin.
2. These seeds have been used since time immemorial for their healing powers. They also have good antibacterial properties.
3. They help in internal and external warming of the body, thereby resulting in increased circulation of blood.
4. They are also known for nourishing the skin and giving it a tranquil effect.
5. Cardamom seeds are also beneficial for their regulatory properties on the skin.
Benefits of Cardamom Seeds For Hair:
6. This delectable spice also stretches its merit to your hair’s health. This spice helps in strengthening the roots, thereby helping you gain strong hair. It is also known to provide shine and lustre to your hair.
7. Steep the cardamom pods in Aloe Vera, oil and heat till you get the strong, delightful scent of cardamom. Take the saucepan off the stove and let it be for a day. Filter it out and voila. You have the cardamom-rich oil for your hair. Remember to use oil that doesn’t dominate the cardamom scent.
Benefits of Cardamom Seeds For Health:
This Queen of Spices offers a plethora of advantages due to its numerous healing capabilities and medicinal properties. In order to get an overview of its health benefits, read on.
8. Have you lost your appetite? Then add some powdered cardamom to your curry or chew some of its seeds to improve your appetite.
9. How many of us suffer from cold and headaches when its winter? You need look no further. Just make cardamom tea and your headache will be gone in a jiffy!
10. Are you looking for a natural mouth freshener? Do you have odour problems? Chew a couple of cardamom seeds and it solves your breath problem (halitosis).
11. These seeds are the best solution for indigestion, belching and flatulence problems. Cardamom helps improve your digestion of food.
12. It is rich in minerals and vitamins like Vitamin A, B, C, niacin, riboflavin etc. It also helps in detoxification by removing toxins from the body. It is a great blood purifier and removes excess urea, calcium and other toxins from the kidney. This way, cardamom seeds are good for your kidney as well.
13. For those of you who suffer from hypertension, its time you consume cardamom on a regular basis as this spice has the capability of improving blood circulation to the lungs. This helps in reducing your blood pressure.
14. Various studies have shown that cardamom seeds are the storehouse of anti-bacterial and even anti-tumour properties. It is also known to be rich in antioxidants.
15. It also improves metabolism and boosts your immunity.
Cardamom Chewed as a Breath Freshener
Popping a cardamom pod in your mouth can help get rid of unwanted food smells and give your breath a nice, fresh odour. It makes a nice change from chewing gum and is great to chew after a spicy meal.
That’s just a small selection of the uses of this
gorgeous spice and it’s easy to see why it’s loved all around the world and has made its mark on so many cuisines. Once you’ve tried adding cardamom to your dishes on a regular basis, you will be hooked on its subtle flavor and warm tones. Try mixing it with other spices or adding different amounts of it to dishes, until you’ve worked out the ideal amounts for your favorite recipes. Begin with just a pinch in a bread or cake recipe, or a pod
in with casseroles or stews and work up from there.