When we think about this little spice the first thing that hits our mind is the piping hot cardamom tea. The cardamom pods are commonly used in a variety of dishes, ranging from traditional sweets to tea. It not only enhances the taste of the dish but also provides the person’s body with a bucket of health benefits.
As the season of cold, cough and flu is just near it is better now if you learn how cardamom can be used to treat your sore throat, congestion and dry cough. Cardamom is a rich source of antioxidants. The black cardamom is well known for its potential of fighting off the symptoms of cold and cough. The oil extracted from its seeds are famous for calming down a sore throat as the oil is antiseptic in nature.
To stay away from a sore throat and dry cough this winter make sure you start practicing sipping on a piping hot cup of cardamom tea. This is one of the best ways and a home remedy to keep sickness this winter at its bay.
Making cardamom tea is very simple, you just need to boil a cup of water and has to include cardamon pods and honey it. The combination of honey and cardamom together acts as a great remedy for a dry cough and symptoms of a cold.
“Oil from elaichi is a useful stimulant; it is an antiseptic that helps calm the digestive system that further heals the throat, colds, and cough. Sore throats and cold are also caused due to toxins accumulated in the gut that suppress the immune system. So healing the gut is essential and elaichi counteracts digestive problems,” Shilpa Arora, a Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Coach.
Even people suffering from acid reflux experience persistent dry cough which is in fact very annoying and irritating. To overcome this issue, one can chew on cardamon pods as it is one of the effective ways to stimulate the salivary glands in the mouth. Hence the mucosal lining of the stomach is strengthened with a fast metabolism of food. This reduces the symptoms of heartburn.
Cardamon is known as the queen of spices due to its tremendous benefits and its soothing aroma. Its unique taste makes it a special ingredient in many of the Indian dishes. Cardamom also promises to handle respiratory issues like asthma and severe cold due to its anti-inflammatory nature. Chewing cardamom pods in the cold’s initial stage or daily for half an hour can bring your body with a lot of health benefits.
According to Parmeet Kaur, a Senior Dietician at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, “Just add 5-7 tulsi leaves to 300-500 ml of water for few minutes. Keep it to cool and then drink the water infused with tulsi leaves. To make it more effective to add a few spices such as cardamom, ginger, black pepper, and cloves to make a herbal concoction.”
“Drink daily for preventing dark circles, acne, rashes and other skin problems. Moreover, it has been found to protect organs and tissues against chemical and physical stress and is rich in nutrients such as Vitamin K.”
Making cardamom as a part of your daily diet is the best way to prevent throat infections and boosting your immunity. A sore throat can be easily relieved by adding cardamon in water and gargling it in the morning. Before planning out anything like including them in your regular regime or using it as a natural remedy it is better if you consult your doctor, especially if are going through chronic throat complaints.