Ayurveda physicians recommend black cardamom or badi ilaichi for weight loss, PCOS, Diabetes and other home remedies.
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Black Cardamom or Badi Ilaichi in Ayurveda
Ayurveda Vaidyas and Naturopaths recommend to incorporate this strong spice in their regular treatment. Black cardamom is used in various home remedies for weight loss, PCOS, Diabetes and other home remedies.
Black cardamom also known as Badi-ilaichi, is praised as “queen of spices”. Its strong flavour has made it chef’s favourite spice. This spice is treasure house of medicinal properties. Naturopaths have found many ways to incorporate this strong spice in their regular treatment. Black cardamom is used in various home remedies for weight loss.
This is a short plant growing to a height of up to 1-1.5 meters in Bengal, Assam and Himalayan regions of Northeast India. The flowers are white in colour and densely formed. The fruit pod is about 2-3 cm long with reddish brown color.
This spice is eulogised as Brihad ela in ayurveda. It has a Botanical name, Amomum subulatum and belongs to Zingiberaceae family.
This spice has different names in different Indian languages.
Hindi – Badi ilayachi
English – Black cardamom, Greater cardamom, Nepal cardamom
Bengali – Badh elach
Gujarati – Elcha
Kannada – Dodda elakki or Kari Elakki
Tamil – Peria elam
Telugu – Tengu elakulu
Marathi – Badi ilayachi
Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Black Cardamom
Ayurveda Acharyas explain properties of cardamom as follows. These are based on ayurvedic principles.
Black Cardamom is light to digest (laghu) and increases agni or body fire. It absorbs the excess moisture during digestion.(ruksha). It has sweet taste or Madhura rasa and pungent taste or Katu rasa : This spice is sweet and spicy to taste.
Katu Vipaaka : It retains the spicy taste after digestion. Ushna Veerya : Black Cardamom has hot potency.
How to Use Black Cardamom in Home Remedies for Weight Loss , PCOS and Diabetes ?
Ayurveda acharyas advice to use this spice in many home remedies which help in weight management, PCOS or PCOD and Diabetes. They are useful when consumed regularly.
For Weight Loss :
Powder seeds of one black cardamom. Mix it with ½ tea spoon of ginger powder and ½ tea spoon of fennel seeds (saunf) powder. Boil a glass of water and add this powder mix. Turn off flames and cover the glass with a lid. Allow this to steep for 5 minutes. Add a spoon of honey and 1 tea spoon lime (Read – Do Lemon and Honey Reduce Body Fat? ). Consume this in empty stomach. This tea not only helps in weight loss but also detoxifies body. Black cardamom is also eulogised as powerful fat burner. The best Ayurvedic Weight Loss Herbal tea NILOBESE TEA contains Black cardamom as its ingredient. Thus black cardamom is the best home remedy for weight loss.
Black Cardamom for Diabetes
Since it helps to reduce body weight and also sets rights digestion, it has to control blood sugar level based on principles of ayurveda. It is indicated in texts of ayurveda for excess thirst ( trushna ), itching (kandu) and diseases of bladder (vastiroga). All these symptoms exist in diabetes. Ayurveda vaidyas make use of this spice while treating diabetic patients.
In PCOS or PCOD
Weight gain and increased blood sugar level are prominent symptoms of PCOS or PCOD. Since this spice is very useful in addressing both symptoms, it can be effectively used in PCOS or PCOD. Black Cardamom or Badi Ilaichi tea can be used as natural ayurvedic home remedy for PCOS
For Bad Breath and Gum diseases:
Crush seeds of one Black cardamom. Boil a glass of water and add powdered seeds. Turn off the flame and cover the glass. Allow this to steep for 5 minutes. Discard the seeds and gargle with this warm water. Repeat this twice daily. You can also chew few black cardamom seeds as mouth fresheners.
In Loss of appetite and Indigestion:
Chew few seeds of Black Cardamom before meals. It increases appetite and prevents indigestion. Add powdered seeds of a cardamom to a glass of water and drink it when you have nausea. It relieves vomiting sensation. A good digestion leads to excellent fat metabolism. Hence this remedy proves to be a best home remedy for weight loss.
For Joint pain and headache:
For a good relief from joint pain and headache , thoroughly mix 5 drops of Black cardamom essential oil in 10 ml of carrier oil. You can use coconut oil or sweet almond oil as carrier oil. Apply this on aching joints or massage forehead with this when you have head ache.
Mental stress and Tension:
Massage fore head and neck with the above said oil. It helps to relieve stress and relax muscles
For acne and pimple:
Remove seeds of one black cardamom. Crush these in a mortar and pestle to a fine powder. Mix 2 tea spoon of gram flour, crushed seeds of black cardamom, ¼ tea spoon turmeric with grated cucumber. Apply this face mask on cleaned face. Wash it off with cold water after 20 minutes. This helps to get rid of acne and pimple.
Part used- Fruit pod and Seed
Dosage- Powder of seed 1-3 g / day
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