The essential oils of the „Queen of Spices“ are extracted from the seeds via steam distillation. Being rich in Vitamin C, it works as a potent antioxidant. Cardamom is antiseptic and astringent, and can have a firming and toning effect on the skin. Cardamom can be applied as a natural cleanser to open skin pores and prevent break outs of acne and pimples.
The spice is native to India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Indonesia. Cardamom pods are small (that's how we recognize them), triangular in cross-section, and shaped as spindles.
Two major types of cardamom exist - green and black cardamom. The green variation is also known as the true cardamom. It is used to flavor both sweet and savory dishes. Black cardamom is native to the Eastern Himalayas and is mostly cultivated in Sikkim, Eastern Nepal, and parts of West Bengal in India.
Alpinia zerumbet (or Gettou) is used for traditional dishes and medicine in Asia since ages. This magic ingredient grows in the wild of Okinawa & Taiwan and is part of the ginger family. It is rich of antioxidants like resveratrol and polyphenols
Recent studies have shown that the concentration of polyphenols are 34 times higher that of red wine. It also contains flavonoids which support the absorption of vitamin C. Those rich concentration of antioxidants also have the effect of surpressing decrease of collagen, which keeps a youthful skin.
Furthermore it has an effect on skin troubles such as atopic dermatitis and acne. Traditionally a wonderful rejuvenating natural herbal water is distilled extract of water.
Reishi, or the ‚spiritual mushroom’ is a powerful age defense. Since 2,000 years used in traditional Chinese medicine it can slow down premature aging as well.
Reishi mushroom extract contain a high content of polysaccharides, responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water, and which are also imperative for skin repair and renewal.
The extract also helps reduce skin inflammation, puffiness, wrinkles and free radical damage, while promoting cell regeneration.
Native to south Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, the earliest historical reference of the kumquat plant appears in Chinese literature around the 12th century.
They are slow-growing evergreen short trees, from 2 to 5 meters. Depending on size, the kumquat tree can produce hundreds or even thousands of fruits each year. The fruit body is rich on antioxidant vitamins (A, C, E), as well as Vitamin B.
In addition it holds flavonoid antioxidants like carotenes and tannins and minerals like calcium copper, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. This plethora of ingredients is assisting with collagen synthesis, wound healing and counteracting free radicals.
Originated about 4,000 years ago in China, the Jujube fruit is considered a must-have in the daily Chinese dietary.
The Jujube fruit contains up to 20 times more vitamin C than any citrus fruit. In addition, it is rich in Vitamins A, B1 and B2, as well as calcium.Its nutrients deliver intense moisture, nourishment and protection to the outer skin layers as well.
Jujube fruit is an antioxidant with rejuvenating properties. You can use it to treat skin inflammation and skin irritation such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.