So, we have yet another fancy exotic sounding spice but what exactly IS cardamom? To answer that, we need to travel far back in time to South Asia, where cardamom traditionally originates from. During those times, cardamom was most famous for its use in Ayurvedic medicine, the most sworn by healing practice of the ancient eastern realm.
Flashforward to modern times, this spice is typically sold in pods, which when crushed can be used for numerous health benefits. One of such uses, is cardamom’s role in maintaining a healthy heart and regulating blood pressure. A healthy heart is a definately a good start. Another use for cardamom, can be its aid in digestion. This means these pods can tackle just about everything from an upset stomach to nausea. Finally, my favourite use of cardamom would be its positive effect on the nervous system. Just like most herbs, cardamom is known to help soothe the nervous system, which in turn can act as a remedy for stress or anxiety.
Considering all these different scenarios cardamom pods are effective in, you would think it’s a hassle to come up with an ailment. Surprisingly, all you need is 10 minutes to prepare a homemade remedy from these pods. Cardamom pods are extremely flavourful, which makes it perfect for a herbal tea! The key is to ensure the pods are slightly opened up, giving them that aromatic property. I myself have been exposed to cardamom tea growing up in a South Asian family, and its sweet pungent flavour never fails to disappoint.
Here’s a recipe on how to make your own cup of healing cardamom tea:
- 1 cup of milk
- 3 pods of cardamom, crushed
- 1 tea packet, any brand as per desired
- Take 3 pods of cardamom, and crush into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle.
- Bring 1 cup of milk and the crushed cardamom pods to a boil on your stovetop.
- Once boiled, remove from heat and steep any tea packet as per desire.
- Once your tea is steeped, add sugar as per taste, and serve warm!
Tip: If you’re not a fan of milk tea, this can be substituted with water. The flavor, aroma, and most importantly the affect is no less!
Remedy approved by yours truly -S.