Cardamon- The Royal Spice

 

Cardamom is considered one of the most valuable spices in the world due to its rich aroma and therapeutic properties. It is a popular spice in India and Traditional Chinese medicine. ( known as sha- ren)

The seeds of the cardamom plant contain a variety of important minerals such as calcium, sulfur, and phosphorus. They also contain volatile oil composed of acetic and formic acids. This volatile oil  has aromatic and medicinal properties, and it is what makes cardamom so valuable.

Studies have found that cardamom was found to contain high flavonoid levels and significantly enhanced antioxidant enzyme activities, as well as inhibited colon cancer cell growth and proliferation.

Cardamon's role in cancer prevention:

Cardamom contains IC3 (indole-3-carbinol) and DIM(diindolylmethane). These phytochemicals are well-known cancer fighters, helping to specifically ward off hormone-responding cancers like breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer. Early research suggests that consuming cardamom regularly may help with preventing these forms of cancer.

Cardamon for digestion:

Cardamom can help soothe gastrointestinal issues. Cardamom tea is an excellent complimentary drink that can be enjoyed along with or after a meal in order to help supplement the function of the digestive system. It can also be used as needed to still upset feelings of cramps, flatulence, indigestion, bloating, and more. Cardamom tea also can assist the body with detoxification, which can further encourage and support the gastrointestinal system.

You get the most intense flavor if you break open whole pods to release the tiny black seeds. These can be ground using a mortar and pestle or spice mill, but a little goes a long way.

How to make a Creamy Cardamon Tea

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3 1-cup servings

Ingredients:

1 tsp turmeric powder (or I prefer grated fresh turmeric root)
2 tbsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1.5-inch knob of fresh ginger, roughly chopped (washed with skin-on is fine)
3 cups hot water
few drops of stevia or raw Honey, to taste.
2 tablespoons of coconut milk or cream

Instructions:

Place the turmeric powder, cardamom, cinnamon, fresh ginger, in a french press, or a teapot with a strainer. Pour hot water over the spices and steep five minutes. add coconut milk or cream and sweeter.

Alternatively, place spices and water into a pot, bring to a boil then turn off the heat, cover and let steep for five minutes. Strain the tea into cups and serve with sweeter and coconut cream. You can also use a hand held immersion blender to get a nice foam on the top and make it look like a latte.

Enjoy!