So the other day . . . I was making a "Latte" for a Week 4 "Meal Plan" treat.
And it called for "cardamom" . . . so I got to thinking . . . I hadn't used this little spice in awhile.
So let's take today to discover its wonders.
Now . . . the "Latte" I was making is a healing drink . . . why you ask???
Well . . . it contains many healing properties like matcha power ( green tea), ginger, turmeric, honey, cinnamon and "cardamom".
Now . . . "cardamom" is a spice with an intense, slightly sweet flavor that is many times compared to a "minty, menthol-like" flavor. And that's why people use it in gingerbread cookies, breads and other baked goods.
And what are its healing properties???
Well . . . that would be . . . the ability to lower blood pressure, it contains cancer fighting compounds, its an antioxidant and diuretic. It an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and can treat infections.
Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal gas, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints.
It helps to eliminate waste through the kidneys and acts as a diuretic. It combats infections and can help cleanse the urinary tract, bladder and urethra by removing the accumulated calcium, urea along with the toxins.
And according to the book . . . Healing Foods . . . it's an effective digestive stimulant and diuretic. Cardamom boosts the metabolism and helps the body burn fat more effectively. It works well for water retention . . . therefore, making it an important weight loss spice.
NOTE: This spice does have the ability to lower blood pressure due to its diuretic effect. Meaning . . . it can promote urination to remove water that builds up in the body. Therefore . . . consuming "too much" can lower blood pressure to an unhealthy level, especially if you're taking a medication that does the say thing. So as always, consult your own healthcare provider before consu