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Some of my bitters recipes use cardamom. In my Ayurvedic texts it says that Cardamom is one of the best and safest digestive agents in their materia medica; improves gastric acid secretion. Its in quite a few of the combination preparations.
This is a list of indications for use given in the text. Toothache, dyspepsia, colic, diarrhea, malabsorption, hemorrhoids, colds, cough, bronchitis, asthma, hoarseness, enuresis, dysuria, spermatorrhea, headache.
As you say, it is surprising that it is not used more in Western Herbal Medicine.
@judsoncarroll4 thanks for this one. I discovered cardamom a while back and although completely unaware of its medicinal applications, I love the flavour. It’s wonderful in chocolate cake, chai lattes. I cook a middle eastern rice dish called mujadara. Basically rice, lentils and spicy onions mixed together. Cardamom absolutely makes this dish along with cinnamon.
That sounds great - I love lentils, rice, onions and spice!
Seems it is good "from one end to the the other"!
Good article! I have always liked the flavor of cardamom and have always had it in powdered or seed form in my pantry. I didn't know of it's medicinal uses. Now I do. Thanks @judsoncarroll4
I took one of Kami McBride's little mini courses and she uses a blend of cardamom, cinnamon, and allspice in what she calls her breakfast blend. I keep that around and my family uses it on their oatmeal and I add it to granola when I making a batch. I also love it on homemade rice pudding.😊
And now I know some other medicinal uses too. Thank you @judsoncarroll4 and @torey.
Can you believe there is only one more ingredient in the Swedish Bitters left for me to write on? When I started this project last year, writing about one herb a week, it seemed an insurmountable task!
I love cardamom! Rosalee de la Foret mentioned adding it and cinnamon to morning coffee, and I fell in love with the flavor. My very favorite way to use it is to cook a sweet potato or yam in the Instant Pot (skin on) and then split the cooked vegetable and add a lot of butter, some local raw honey, and a bit of both cinnamon and cardamom. It's really good!
Food medicine is awesome. Its great that we can find ways to incorporate our medicines into our daily living.
Cardamom might be my favourite spice. I'd like to grow it. I had an old landlord/housemate that put it in everything so I got used to the flavor and then started loving it after a while. I use it daily in my morning coffee with butter. I'm going to try it they way @Mary Linda Bittle, West Plains, Missouri recommended when I get home again. Sounds amazing!
A drop of the essential oil in a candle smells delicious too.
Cardamon goes together with coffee beans into the grinder. My first taste of cardamom in coffee was Turkish coffee in a Middle-eastern restaurant.
I found out about cardamom when a friend shared her recipe for chai tea spices. I do really like the smell and taste of cardamom. Would be interesting in coffee too. I did know that it is for digestive problems.
Great info. I need to add more of this spice in my diet and life in general.
I had besan ka sheera this morning- it's a sweet chickpea flour "porridge" used in India as a cold remedy. You're supposed to drink it before bed, but I like it for breakfast. Anyhow, my recipe calls for black pepper, turmeric, and cardamom- the cardamom gives such a cozy flavor.
That is interesting - I'll have to look into that. I generally like Indian food.
@judsoncarroll4 This is the recipe I use. I always reduce the sugar by half https://myheartbeets.com/besan-ka-sheera-natural-cold-remedy/
Kami McBride just posted a new article and recipe for an electuary for the heart. Cardamom is one of the ingredients and the article mentions how good cardamom is for the cardiovascular system. Although, it is a very small amount in this recipe. I think I would increase it along with the ginger and orange peel, too.