Cardamom tea is typically prepared by boiling crushed cardamom seeds in water, itself or as a mixture with tea leaves. The seeds release their bioactive compounds to the water with the aid of heat and moisture, that gives the infusion a high therapeutic and medicinal value.
Cardamom is known as a traditional yet aromatic spice. It is grown widely in tropical countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Guatemala, and Tanzania etc. Cardamom is harvested as pods and seeds. They are often used in Indian and Lebanese cuisines. Most commonly, it is also used as a flavouring agent in bakery products and beverages.
What makes Cardamom Tea so unique?
The tea contains essential phenolic acids and sterols that provides potent antioxidant properties. It also contains biological metabolites such as pinene, sabinene, limonene, cineole, linalool, terpinolene, and myrcene, which are known to be anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, antihypertensive, and diuretic agents for the human body.
What Does Cardamom Tea Taste Like?
Cardamom tea is often described as spicy, herbal and citrusy. It is often flavoured with cinnamon-like spices, such as nutmeg, allspice or cloves. The combination of these favours and its strong aroma give cardamom tea a unique flavour.
Does cardamom tea have caffeine?
Cardamom neutralizes the stimulating effects of caffeine, allowing the tea to boost the digestive process without boosting the nervous system.
Health Benefits Cardamom Tea?
1. It acts as a Digestive Aid
Drinking cardamom tea helps in better digestion and assimilation of the ingested food by preventing flatulence after a heavy meal; thus, stimulating gastric acid secretion.
Cardamom tea can give quick relief for nausea. It is effective on constipation and the acute stomach cramps that accompany it.
2. Enhances Heart Health And Blood Circulation
Cardamom tea rich in antioxidants such as pinene, linalool, limonene, and other phenolic compounds can reduce the free radicals that cause hypertension.
The flavonoids, on the other hand, prevent cholesterol accumulation in the blood vessels without altering HDL levels in the serum. Individual components in cardamom that modify or block the calcium transport mechanism across the blood vessels keep them remain dilated. Thus, blood circulates freely and cause less stress on the heart and vessel walls by maintaining heart health and prevents cardiovascular diseases.
3. Is Effective Against Flu
High levels of sterols, polyalcohols, and vitamins A and C make cardamom tea rich in antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties.
Thus, it can be used as a home remedy to treat a sore throat, dry cough and clear excessive phlegm generated due to microbial infections such as flu or Hypersensitivity like pollen allergies by increasing the natural the immunity.
It can also reduce the production of anti-inflammatory enzymes like COX-inhibitors that cause conditions like asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
4. Treats Bad Breath And other Dental Issues
Having cardamom seeds, either in the tea or directly, can help fight bad breath (halitosis). Food stuck in your teeth and gums is broken down by certain bacteria to produce sulfur compounds, which give the foul smell to your breath. But some fungal or bacterial infections in your gums and teeth pockets also cause halitosis.
The antiseptic and antimicrobial components of cardamom seeds, such as cineole and pinene, kill these bacteria and heal bleeding and infected gums.
5. Is A Complete Detox Drink
The active components of tea leaves and cardamom seeds, together, has the potential to flush out all the wastes circulating in our bloodstream. The essential terpenes including myrcene, sabinene, carene, limonene, eudesmene, cedrene, and terpinolene, along with polyalcohols like linalool, geraniol, verbeneol, terpinyl acetate, and their derivatives are capable of eliminating free radicals, toxic intermediates, and heavy metal ions from the blood by discharging them into the urine.
The mild diuretic and lipolytic activity, of the tea, reduce bloating and water retention in tissues and joints, prevent cholesterol build-up in the body, which ultimately leads to weight loss.
6. Is A Skin Care Expert
cardamom seeds added to the regular tea may enhance its flavonoid and glutathione levels. Flavonoids are potent antioxidants that scavenge the free radicals in the bloodstream. The anti-inflammatory and growth stimulating properties can cure rashes, wounds, bites, scars, and bruises.
7. Is A Powerful Anti-inflammatory Agent
the tea is packed with anti-inflammatory compounds like phenolic acids, terpenoids, phytosterols, vitamins, and minerals which can prevent various chronic and acute inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, type 2 diabetes, asthma, Hypersensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), muscle cramps, dementia, Alzheimer's, stomach ulcers, and dermatitis with minimal side effects.
8. Promotes Weight Loss
cardamom boosts metabolism and helps to burn body fat more effectively by managing conditions like indigestion, constipation, and water retention.
Ways To Make Cardamom Tea
Indian style cardamom tea with milk
Serves - 1 to 2
Preparation time - 2 mins
Cooking time - 7 mins
Black Tea Leaves - 1 Tbsp
Cardamom (slightly crushed to open the pod) - 1 Tbsp
Whole Milk - 1 Cup
Water - 1/4 Cup
Process: add in water, cardamom and bring it to boil. (for 2 mins) Add in the milk, tea leaves, sugar Into a saucepan (preferably spouted one) and mix well. Bring the milk to a boil. Reduce the flame to LOW and cover the pan to boil it for 5 mins. Pass the milk through a fine-mesh sieve and serve it hot immediately.
2. Ginger cardamom tea
2 cups of water
1-inch fresh ginger ( finely minced)
1-inch cinnamon stick
Three pods cardamom
½ cup milk (optional)
One whole clove
One tablespoon black tea leaves loose
Two teaspoons honey or sugar
In a saucepan, combine the water, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. Bring to a boil and continue simmering for about one minute. Add the tea leaves and simmer for another minute and then Remove from heat, strain into cups, and sweeten to taste.
Risks And Side Effects Of Drinking Cardamom Tea
There are very few risks and side effects which arise only if you are allergic to cardamom seeds or whole pods.
1. Could Aggravate Gallstones Formation
2. Could Cause Hypersensitivity
can cause allergic responses if you are allergic to the members of Elletaria and Amomum genera.
occurs very rarely
you might have nausea, diarrhea, dermatitis, and inflammation of the lips, tongue, and throat.
3. Risky For Pregnant And Breastfeeding Women
high amounts of cardamom may cause miscarriage in pregnant women
might be lethal to the newborn if the mother has it while breastfeeding.