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A burst of flavour

Cardamom is known as the queen of spices. It is native to the evergreen rainforests of southern India and also grown in few tropical countries. Aromatic cardamom acts as a breath freshener. Apart from being used for flavouring foods, cardamom is used as a digestive tonic and an essential oil in aroma therapy. It has antioxidant, disease-preventing and health-promoting properties.

Cardamom has antibacterial properties that helps in healing breakouts and also acts as a skin purifier by clearing out blemishes. It helps in giving you a clearer and evened out complexion. It makes your skin even toned and also can improve your skin complexion.

Nutritional ingredients in cardamom

Serving Size -100 g
Amount Per Serving 31
Total Fat 6.7g 9 %
Saturated Fat 0.7g 4 %
Sodium 18mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25 %
Dietary Fiber 28g 100 %
Protein 11g 22 %
Vitamin D 0.00mcg 0 %
Calcium 383.00mg 29 %
Iron 13.97mg 78 %
Potassium 1119mg 24 %

Use cardamom to maintain beauty

Cardamom has antibacterial properties that helps in healing breakouts and also acts as a skin purifier by clearing out blemishes. It helps in giving you a clearer and evened out complexion. It makes your skin even toned and also can improve your skin complexion.

Beauty benefits in cardamom

• Lightens complexion

One of the lesser-known benefits of cardamom is its role in giving a flawless complexion. It works by removing blemishes and dark spots and makes your skin look young and radiant. Being rich in phytochemicals, Cardamom can also fight the signs of ageing. The best thing you can do is buy products that contain cardamom or look up simple home remedies that use cardamom for the skin.

• Smoothens lips

If you thought that cardamom will only take care of your skin, you might want to think twice. Cardamom will not only give you good skin but also soft, pretty and attractive lips. The essential oil of cardamom applied to several kinds of cosmetics will make your lips very smooth. All you need to do is buy lip balms that contain cardamom. And this should not be difficult to find since so many balms and cosmetics are full of cardamom.

• Gives a youthful glow to your skin

It can make your skin look young and glowing and prevents premature aging. The antioxidants present in cardamom can be attributed to this. The antioxidants fight against free radicals and keep our skin youthful.

Health benefits

• Improves digestive health

According to an Indian study, cardamom can be used in cuisines not just for flavour, but also for enhancing digestion. The spice also stimulates metabolism, given its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

• Promotes heart health

Its antioxidant properties can promote heart health. Cardamom also contains fiber, the nutrient that can help lower cholesterol levels and enhance heart health.

• Has diuretic properties

Cardamom has diuretic properties that can benefit cases of hypertension, heart failure, and epilepsy. These diuretic properties of cardamom also aid in detoxification.

• Fights asthma

Cardamom plays a role in fighting asthma symptoms like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. The spice makes breathing easier by enhancing blood circulation within the lungs. It also fights related inflammation by soothing the mucus membranes.

• Enhances appetite

One Polish study emphasizes on the use of cardamom for treating a lack of appetite. Even cardamom oil can be used as an appetite stimulant. Cardamo can also aid in the treatment of histoplasmos is – a condition in which one of the symptoms is a lack of appetite.

Selecting cardamom as a part of a beauty treatment

Always carry out a patch test before using any product or herbal treatment to ensure that your skin won’t have an allergic reaction.

Beauty treatments which include cardamom

It can be used for skin, hair and body treatments.

Side effects

There are no reported risks of using cardamom in cooking or any known adverse side effects. Using cardamom as a spice and flavor agent is safe for most people. There is no established dosage for taking cardamom as a supplement.

Growing cardamom for beauty treatments

Grocery store cardamom seeds are often harvested before their pods break open, so some of the seeds will be too immature to germinate. For the best results, therefore, you should acquire fresh and untreated cardamom seeds from a seed seller rather than from your grocery store. If planting outdoors, plant your seeds ½ to 1 inch apart, about inch deep in a partially shady place. They prefer rich humus soil that’s slightly acidic. Alternatively, you can plant cardamom seeds in a pot.

- Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana 


Cardamom home remedies

  • Acne treatment

Mix one teaspoon of cardamom powder with honey, and apply it to the acne spot. Due to its antibacterial properties it will heal the acne and also clear the mark. You can use this method as a spot treatment, just apply a tiny amount of the paste directly on the problem area and leave it on overnight or for few hours, then rinse it off.

  •  Nourishes hair

Whether you use black cardamom in cooking or use the cardamom oil topically, you can benefit your hair in both ways. The anti-oxidative properties of black cardamom are helpful in providing nourishment to your scalp and hair strands. As a result, you get strong, thick and shiny tresses.

  •  Use as a cleanser

Add a teaspoon of cardamom and mix with a wooden spoon. Gently massage into your face and neck for a few minutes, rinsing with lukewarm water. This cleanser is quite gentle, but start by using it once a week and increase over time once you’ve confirmed your skin is in love with it.

  •  For anti aging

Another amazing benefits of cardamom is that it can make our skin look young and glowing and prevents premature aging. The anti oxidants present in cardamom can be attributed to for this. The antioxidants fight against the free radicals and keep our skin youthful.

 

Consuming green cardamom regularly can keep aging at bay. You can also use cardamom essential oil to enjoy benefits for skin. Add a few drops of cardamom essential oil to your face serum and then massage it on the skin. It improve the texture of the skin, Treats uneven skin tone and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.