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.