Cardamom is a spice used widely in Indian and European cuisines. It has an amazing aroma that adds a nice flavour when added in coffee, tea or dishes. Not only does it has an enticing flavour, but also is the most expensive spices.
Other than its aromatic flavour, its oil is used as a potent medicinal oil having loads of benefits. Let’s explore the miraculous benefits of cardamom seed oil:
Uses of Cardamom Seed Oil
Cardamom has been used since ages as Romans used it to relieve the stomach. Also, Egyptians added it in their perfumes and the Arabs mixed it for added flavours in their coffee.
Muscular and respiratory disorders are treated nicely with cardamom oil. It is also good for cramped muscles and relieving the symptoms of asthma and cough. Promoting healthy skin by working as a cleanser, it has the properties of disinfectant that helps in giving a natural radiance to skin.
Benefits of Cardamom Seed Oil
Healing properties of cardamom oil are due to the properties it has i.e. antiseptic, antimicrobial, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, aphrodisiac and stomachic. It is quite an efficient and effectual oil to deal with health problems such as:
- Encourage Oral Health: Few drops of cardamom seed oil in water is good to drink as it works as a disinfectant mouth wash for oral cavity, bad breath and killing off germs.
- Help eliminate bad toxins: Cardamom seed oil stimulates urination thus flushing out the bad toxins from the body. Also, it helps in losing weight, tumbling down blood pressure and removing urea deposits from kidneys.
- Promotes digestive system: Gastric juices are secreted properly with this wonder oil making your digestive system work properly.
How to Prepare Cardamom Seed Oil?
Steam distillation process is followed to make this oil. Though making pure cardamom seed oil requires pretty good amount of time, it can be expensive too. Let’s make it at home as an alternative to the original oil:
- Half cup of cardamom seeds
- Distilled water
- Mortar and pestle
- Cotton balls
- Small glass lid jar (dark)
- Grind the cardamom using mortar and pestle in a coarse consistency.
- Put the cardamom in the cheesecloth that has to be folded into three layers. Cardamom has to be in the middle, use a string to tie the top portion. Seal the cloth to create a pouch.
- Now add distilled water in the pot on a stove. Keep the flame medium to high and put the sealed pouch in the pot. Bring the water to boil.
- Let the water simmer until it gets only half inch in the pot.
- If you see any oil rising on the top of the pan while boiling, skim it using a cotton ball. Squeeze the cotton ball in a glass jar.
- Cover the pan with cheesecloth and place it near a sunny window. Let the water evaporate.
- Now, when the water will evaporate, the remaining fluid will be the oil. Pour it in a jar.
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