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One of our favorite cold-weather spices is full of traditional holiday flavor and season-specific health benefits to boot!
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: A favorite in ayurvedic medicine, cardamom is the perfect spice for cold and flu season. Cardamom is one of the richest sources of the phytochemical cineole, which is the secret to its health benefits. Cineole is a potent antiseptic, meaning it acts as an antimicrobial in the body. It can be used to fight off sore throats while breaking up chest congestion, making it a remedy for bronchitis, laryngitis and any type of upper-respiratory infection. LET’S GET TOGETHER: Quite honestly, you can add cardamom to almost any beverage, baked good or dish, but if you want to get right down to the point, try chewing on the seeds. In India, it is a common practice to pop one in the mouth after a meal to improve digestion and to ward off infection…can you say organic chewing gum?