Want to know the amazing medicinal properties of the wonderful spices Cardamom and Clove? Cardamon and Cloves are very important spices that are used in cooking in every home of our country. This article explains the characteristics of these two spices and will help you to know about the benefits in using them in cooking.
Cardamom has been harvested in rain-forests in India for hundreds of years. Commonly known as Elaichic, they possess fragrant flavour and aroma, and they have great therapeutic effects. Cardamom is the third most expensive spice in the world. Cardamom is a spice made from seeds of plants Elettaria and Amomum. They have small seed pods, with a papery outer shell with small black seeds. They possess complex taste and strong aromatic fragrance and warm unique taste. Cardamom is used as flavourings in cooking for foods and drinks in Indian cuisine in sweets and savoury dishes. In many parts of the world, cardamom flavoured tea is consumed. The seeds contain carbohydrates, proteins, volatile oil such as terpinene, cineol and limonene, elements; Phosphorus, Iron and Calcium. Due to its medicinal properties, it has a wide range of health benefits.
Medicinal values of Cardamom
Cardamom possesses a sweet pungent flavour and neutralizes the stimulating effects of caffeine. Cardamom protects against the harmful effects of caffeine. They help in calming the brain and nervous system. They possess the ability to enhance the spirits. In western countries, cardamom has been used to reduce anxiety. They are used in therapeutic remedy due to their fragrant flavour and aroma to relieve tension and help in concentration. Cardamom has the ability to reduce pain and induce calmness of mind. It has a soothing effect on the senses. They have been associated for their power to lift one's spirit and fights depression. They help in overcoming tiredness and in dispelling laziness. It improves the concentration and thus increases memory power.
They are very good stimulating spices for they stimulate digestive systems, aids in digestion, increases appetite and helps in absorption of food. They are known for their reducing property of gastric problems. They help in relieving bloated feeling in the stomach due to overeating. They help in overcoming of nausea and in relaxing the digestive tract muscles and improves one's appetite. Cardamoms are used as a remedy, as a stimulant for indigestion, vomiting and nausea. When added to foods they give warming and aromatic effect to the body and help in relieving the fullness of overeating.
Cardamom possess anti-inflammatory and anti-pain relieving properties. They are highly antispasmodic in relieving pain and cramps. Cardamom possesses the amazing property of relieving muscle spasm in the body especially intestinal and stomach cramps. Hence it is referred to as antispasmodic spice. It also helps in getting rid of hiccups. Cardamom consists of volatile oils which help in relieving pain and in reducing inflammation. The oils act as antioxidants by cleaning free radicals and flushes out wastes.
The seeds when chewed after meals dispel the garlic and onions strong taste. Consuming cardamom soothes infections in the mouth and is a cure for bad breath. They are used as breath sweeteners. Due to its pungent smell, it prevents colds and flu symptoms. Its therapeutic property inhibits the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms and prevents infections. They also help in preventing gum diseases.
Cardamom also has the capacity to improve blood circulation and skin complexion and acts as an antiseptic for treating skin problems. The oils extracted from cardamom is used for making lip balms to make lips smooth. Help in removing unwanted waste from the body and purify the blood by removing excess urea.
Cloves are the dried unopened bud of the clove tree. The scientific name is Syzygium Aromatica. It is native to Moluccas (islands of Eastern Indonesia) Clove has been used for centuries. The clove has a unique aroma, which is light, warm and spicy. Clove trees are evergreen with bright green opposite ovate leaves. The trees are either grown by seeds or by cuttings.
Medicinal Values of Clove
It finds its use in the treatment of a toothache even today. Egyptians used it to strengthen the respiratory system The Swahili used clove decoction of the bark for treating diarrhoea.
Paraguayan used clove bark for treating gout. Indian foods contain clove in garam masala, curry powders and used to chew with betel leaf after meals for digestion. Clove oil is used as an insect repellent in room sprays and perfumes.
It is used as a preservative in pickles and other food items. It prevents the growth of bacteria. It can be stored for many years. They help is the circulation of blood in the lungs and stomach.
Powdered clove helps in nausea, indigestion and dyspepsia. They are helpful in treating bronchial ailments.
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