Cardamom is a spice that originates from India and is also native to Bhutan, Indonesia and Nepal. It is known as ‘queen of the spices’ and is the third most expensive spice worldwide. You may have used it when cooking Indian dishes or even added it to your tea, however it is also used widely in skincare products.
There are various different types of cardamom -
- Green cardamom
This is the most common type of Cardamom and is distributed across India and Malaysia.
- Black cardamom
This type of cardamom is native to the Himalayas and is mostly cultivated in Eastern Nepal and parts of West Bengal in India.
The history of Cardamom
Cardamom has been used throughout history and dates back at least 4,000 years. It was used by the ancient Egyptians as part of rituals and for embalming, and the Romans and Greeks used it for its strong aroma. Today, Guatemala is believed to be the biggest producer of Cardamom globally.
The benefits of using Cardamom
For your skin
Cardamom has antibacterial properties, therefore can help with controlling breakouts and act as a purifier to clear blemishes. It can improve your overall complexion and even out your skin tone.
Cardamom is also an antioxidant and helps to purify your blood. This means the spice can also help regulate your circulation. The consumption and use of black cardamom flushes out toxins from the body, creating a healthy glow to the skin. Black cardamom has antibacterial properties too, and can help soothe skin allergies.
The spice can also be used in lip care products. It helps to soften the skin and make lips smooth.
For your hair
The antioxidant properties of cardamom nourish the hair and improve the health of your scalp. It feeds your hair follicles and enhances both strength and growth. It will help your hair to shine!
For your body
- It can improve your digestive health. The spice acts to stimulate your metabolism, and can prevent other gastrointestinal issues such as heartburn, acid reflux and diarrhea.
- Cardamom’s antioxidant properties can promote the health of your heart. It has been used to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Sources: India Times, Stylecraze, Healthline.