Cardamom I love you, I do. It's not just because you did that crazy erotic thing once, and not just because you've helped spice up love life, but you can heal so many common ailments, carminative/digesting agent, remover of mucus, clear the orifices of the head, respiratory healer, greatly relieve coughs, reduce cold symptoms, asthma healer, IBS healer, help heal heartburn, bring vibrancy to skin, bring excess vata dosha or air element downward, help manage weight, relieve tooth pain and help in dental decay, open the spiritual heart, AND a euphoric aphrodisiac, that reminds me.....
There's a story, its about a bit of cardamom essential oil, a husband and wife, kids sleeping, and an opportunity posed by the deep aroma of cardamom essential oil that brought about ancient exotic waves of euphoria, some time and space shifting and great pleasure all induced by intentional deep breaths through one nostril and then the other of cardamom through its essential oil bottle.
Ok so some other cardamom ideas for use: put cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle and grind, or have cardamom powder, cardamom essential oil can be used, close your eyes, deeply inhale, take in its scent. Observe how you feel.
A simple drink: Put 1/2 tsp cardamom powder in warmed milk of choice. Whisk well, enjoy, dab of syrup added if desired.
Shukra dhatu and ojas rejuvenative drink! Shukra dhatu is our reproductive channels, and ojas is sort of like our reserve energy and the shukra layer of our body helps the health of the rest of our channels while ojas is a container for our prana our life force/energy and tejas our fire/drive.
1 cup water
1/2 cup almonds plus 1-2 cups additional water or 2 cups almond milk (homemade see below)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1 cup water covering about 5 pitted dates, soak overnight or a few hours (ok I soak for 20 minutes sometimes, and some dates are super soft)
Add to blender with 1 banana, almond milk (homemade: 1 cup almonds with 3 cups water, blend well, strain through a nut bag)
Or almonds plus more water
Blend well, vitamix does the trick,
sit down and drink to rejuvenate your deeper layers and add an inner luster that will radiate outward.
Optional idea for fall and early winter before blending you can add 1/4 tsp ginger powder and some kale, might omit the kale in this way and cook it well with spices in a separate dish instead if you have existing vata digesting tendencies (flatulence, bloating, unsettled stomach).
Go ahead, experience cardamom today, it’s balancing in many ways, a little goes a a long way, it might be the spice you've been missing.