SERVING SIZE: 1/16 tsp
SPECIES: Elettaria cardamomum
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Cleansing the StomachCardamom offers more than its delightful and appetizing flavor, it is chock full of medicinal benefits. Cardamom is highly aromatic. Like perfume, it has a strong smell. This aromatic quality is the source of its use as an herbal pharmaceutical for centuries. Aromatic spices are a powerful friend to those with a myriad of digestive difficulties, from belching to vomiting and sluggish digestion. When food stagnates or moves up, cardamom moves it back down. It accelerates the gastric emptying rate, meaning it relaxes the stomach valves that prevent your food from entering the small intestine. That makes aromatic spices especially useful when your 'eyes are bigger than your stomach,' i.e. after thanksgiving or any heavy meal that bogs down your digestion, making you feel like there is a brick in your stomach. In the process, cardamom relieves nausea and has been used as an aid in morning sickness.
Muscle RelaxantRemember the "fresh and clean as a York Peppermint Patty" commercials of the 80's? Peppermint, like cardamom, is a strong aromatic. All aromatics have a fresh and clean quality to them that is also somewhat shocking. This shocking quality literally numbs muscle tissue - forcing it to relax. That's why so many muscle balms - such as the Chinese formula Tiger Balm and Bengay are highly aromatic, familiar scents to anyone who has spent time at the gym.
Cardamom is no exception - it relaxes your muscle tissue, and is a calming antispasmodic useful in colic, asthma, and the throbbing pain of a headache (caused by a spasm in blood vessels). Aromatic herbs like cardamom and peppermint are so important, at Joyful Belly we consider cardamom to be the 'missing 7th taste of Ayurveda'.
Other BenefitsCardamom is also Ayurveda's most powerful mucus destroyer. As with all aromatics, cardamom is a diaphoretic that opens your pores, encouraging a mild sweat that cleanses the skin, aids low grade fevers, and cleanses the lymphatic system. It is a bronchodilator - helping to improve breathing is asthmatics.
Use in Herb FormulasAdditionally, cardamom acts as a carrier herb, assisting in the digestion and assimilation of heavier herbs used in tonic formulas. Heavy herbs like shatavari, ashwagandha, vidari, and bala are made more accessible with cardamoms digestive assistance
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Cardamom Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Cardamom:
ANTIEMETICHerbs that reduce nausea or stop vomiting.
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
APPETIZERHerbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Cleanse and Detox:
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Lung and Sinus:
BRONCHODILATORAn herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. Helpful in cough and asthma.
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
LUNG-TONICStrengthens the lungs. These herbs are helpful when recovering from either acute or chronic lung issues like bronchitis or pneumonia.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
ANALGESICRelieves or reduces feelings of pain without eliminating sensation.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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Comments & Impressions of 'Cardamom'Do you like 'cardamom'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'cardamom'?
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I adore cardamom! I'm always looking for new ways to use it.
sounds brilliant to me
Ever since I've started eating Indian foods I have loved the taste of cardamom. I use the golden milk and it didn't call for cardamom but I put it in the drink anyway. It added so much to the warm drink for me. Thank you for the article. Rose
I never used cardamom. If I'm Pitta imbalance, can I still used it?
thanks for sharing!
Can someone have cravings for cardamoms? How safe is it to eat around 3/4 cup cardamom a day?
3/4c cardamom is a very large dose. We would recommend limiting to 1/2 tsp three times a day for most constitutions. Pitta should limit to 1/4tsp. Pitta can eat small amounts of cardamom only.
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DigestionAcid Reflux, Bad breath, Bloating / distension, Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis, Food allergy, Foul taste on tongue, Frequent Burping, Frequent Hiccup, Frequent Nausea, Gas, irregular digestion, Hoarse Voice, Intestinal colic / spasm / cramping, Irregular/small appetite, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Malabsorption, Morning Sickness, Pancreatic Insufficiency, Quickly full / early satiety, Slow, heavy digestion, Smelly Gas, Strong food cravings, Sweet taste on tongue, Vomiting, Vomiting Mucus
Respiratory HealthAnimal/dander allergy, Asthma, Cough with mucus / wet cough, Difficulty expectorating, Frequent motion sickness, Large amounts of mucus, Lungs Irritated / Inflamed, Mucus Congestion, Mucus/congestion in mornings, Pneumonia, Post nasal drip, Seasonal allergies, Stuffed nose (can't breathe), Thick mucus, Thin mucus, Wheezing, White mucus
DietBulimia, past or current
Blood and CirculationChronic Fungus infection, Cramping back of leg, Excess saliva, Feet or Ankles Swelling, High Blood Sugar, Insulin Resistance, Thick coating tongue
Mind Stress SleepConflict makes me depressed, lazy, Confusion / Cloudy Mind, Depressed, Depressed when stressed, Slow, monotonous speech
PoopDiarrhea quickly after eating, Explosive elimination, Frothy Stool / with Bubbles, Mucus on stool, Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces, Stool formed, but porous & airy, Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid, Stool thick mud, Undigested food in stool
Weight LossFat back of arms, Fat on back, Fat on buttocks, Fat on thighs, Feel overweight
BonesFoot cramps, Hip pain
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.