The health benefits of Cardamom tea have been acknowledged in the annals of folk medicine and in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for a long time.
Cardamom is an evergreen plant with thick rhizomes and erect stems bearing pointed leaves. It is grown in plantations mostly in Guatemala and India. Cardamom has white flowers with pinkish-violet striped lip. The flowers stay for eight to nine months per year. Cardamom also has three-celled capsules, usually colored pale green to beige, which contain about 15 to 20 sweetly aromatic seeds.
With its warm and pungent aromatic flavor, cardamom seeds are often used to flavor baked goods, coffee, curries, pickles, desserts and mulled wine. Cardamom is one of the basic ingredients in Middle Eastern and Scandinavian cuisines. Cardamom is typically combined with cloves and cinnamon. Cardamom also lends its flavor to chai.
Cardamom contains the following constituents: a-terpineol, myrcene, limonene, menthone, b-phellandrene, 1,8-cineol, sabinene, and heptane.
As with the use of any other herb, consultation with medical practitioners is recommended before using cardamom to treat ailments and other disorders.
Cardamom Tea is typically made by infusing about 3 teaspoons of black tea leaves, 3 pods of peeled cardamom pods in about 6 cups of boiling water. About 1 cup of milk and some sugar are then added.
Some of the health benefits attributed to cardamom tea are the following:
- May help treat indigestion, prevent stomach pain, and relieve flatulence.
- May help relieve nausea and vomiting.
- May be effective in fighting pulmonary disease with copious phlegm, and may be useful as an expectorant.
- May help detoxify against excessive caffeine.
- May be helpful in fighting irritation during the menstrual period.
- Through preliminary research, it has been found that cardamom tea may help in preventing colon cancer. However, more research is needed to fully prove this benefit.