Badi Elaichi, also known as Black Cardamom is a spice crop cultivated in central Himalayan and north-eastern region of India. It is a well-known spice that has been used in many Ayurvedic preparations from ancient times due to its great medicinal value.
Badi Elaichi helps manage diabetes as it lowers the blood glucose levels due to its antioxidant properties. The antioxidants present in it also helps in reducing the risk of heart diseases by lowering cholesterol levels. Consuming Badi Elaichi powder twice a day is good for patients with heart disease.
As per Ayurveda, Badi Elaichi is used in cough due to its Ushna (hot) properties. It helps to remove excess mucus from the respiratory passages and provides relief. Consuming ashes of burnt Badi Elaichi leaves along with mustard oil reduces the symptoms of cough and cold.
Badi Elaichi essential oil also helps in managing inflammatory conditions such as swellings, tissue injuries or rheumatism due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
BENEFITS OF BADI ELAICHI
Cough is quite a common ailment, which usually happens with the cold. It is commonly known as Kapha disorder in Ayurveda. Cough is generally caused by the accumulation of mucus in the respiratory tract. Badi Elaichi helps to reduce the symptoms of cough and cold due to its Kapha balancing and Ushna(hot) property. It helps to melt the accumulated mucus and releases it from the lungs, thus providing relief.
Tips for using Badi Elaichi in cough
a. Consume ashes of burnt leaves of Badi Elaichi with mustard oil to reduce the symptoms of cough and cold.
2. Loss of Appetite
Badi Elaichi helps to improve appetite when it is added to a daily diet. In Ayurveda, loss of appetite is due to Agnimandya (weak digestion). It is caused by an aggravation of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas leading to incomplete digestion of food. This causes the insufficient secretion of gastric juice in the stomach which results in loss of appetite. Badi Elaichi stimulates digestion and improves appetite. This is due to its Deepan (appetizer) property.
Tips for using Badi Elaichi
a. Take 1-1.5gm (or as directed by the physician) of Badi Elaichi powder.
b. Mix it with honey or water.
c. Have it once or twice a day after taking light food to get rid of the symptoms of poor digestion.
Badi Elaichi helps to control the symptoms of asthma and gives relief in case of breathlessness. According to Ayurveda, the main doshas involved in Asthma are Vata and Kapha. The vitiated ‘Vata’ combines with deranged ‘Kapha dosha’ in the lungs obstructing the respiratory passages and results in difficulty in breathing. This condition is known as Swas Roga (asthma). Badi Elaichi is very useful in Asthma because it balances Vata- Kapha doshas. It also helps to melt and expel out excessive sputum from the lungs due to its Ushna (hot) nature.