I don’t think there could be a more perfect herb to help counteract the windy, rainy, cold, warm spring of Colorado than Cardamom. Weather you are looking for some courage and grounding or want get rid of a little excess Kapha, Cardamom can do that and a whole lot more. In ancient Egypt soldiers would put on Cardamom essential oil to increase their courage, before going into battle, so maybe you could use some before work.
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Cardamom can be used as an Essential Oil for smelling or as a spice in food.
Foods that use cardamom: Chai, Pumpkin Pie, Rice Pudding and Oatmeal. Spices are great for stoking the digestive fire and Cardamom is known for getting rid of Vata gas and Kapha mucous. Side note: its antispasmodic qualities, can be helpful for getting rid of hiccups, and intestinal cramping (Dillute essential oil in a carrier oil and apply to abdominal area.) Not recommended during your period, due to its heating qualities use peppermint instead.
Cardamom stays fresher when stored in pod form and can be chopped in a coffee grinder as needed.
Do you cook with Cardamom? Let me know how you use it in the comments below.