Top­i­cal Ap­pli­ca­tion

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In­ter­est­ingly, apart from con­sum­ing car­damom for its flavour and ben­e­fits, it can also used top­i­cally in the form of a pow­der or oil from the seeds for its skin­care ben­e­fits. “Due to its an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties car­damom is a nat­u­ral rem­edy for skin ail­ments. Car­damom oil is an es­sen­tial oil ob­tained by steam dis­til­la­tion of the car­damom seeds. Oil is ob­tained from seeds of both green and black car­damom as both are ef­fec­tive for skin care. As car­damom oil has vi­ta­min C and min­er­als, it works like pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant and skin detox­i­fier”, ex­plains Aarathi. Bipha Ayurveda pro­duces Eladi Thailam (a skin mas­sage oil based on a tra­di­tional Ayurvedic for­mu­la­tion that con­tains green and black car­damom pow­ders, along with other nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents that are good for the skin) and Eladi Cream which is a hy­drat­ing cream suit­able for all skin types. Us­ing car­damom oil for mas­sag­ing the face im­proves skin tone, tex­ture and health. Pure car­damom oil can be blended with dif­fer­ent car­rier oils for added ben­e­fits. These could be al­mond oil that is ab­sorbed rel­a­tively quickly by the skin, grape seed oil that is high in linoleic acid that helps heal the skin, frac­tion­ated co­conut oil that is high in es­sen­tial fatty acids that nour­ish the skin, Shea but­ter that is in­tensely mois­tur­iz­ing and jo­joba oil that has heal­ing and nour­ish­ing prop­er­ties.

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