Ginger is a favorite addition to Asian food, and it’s and herbal remedy for upset stomach and coughs and congestion, but did you know it can be used to make beauty treatments, too? It night not be pretty, but it’s an effective ingredient for lots of treatments for your skin.
Ginger has a long shelf life if you keep it in a cool, dark place. But it won’t last forever–it will start to shrivel after a while, and it will start to lose its “flavor” both literally and the substances within it that are effective for natural remedies and beauty treatments. One way to keep it fresh almost indefinitely is to peel it and cover it with a quality alcohol. Completely submerge the piece (or pieces) of ginger, and you can use it as needed. As a bonus–the vodka will become infused with the ginger flavor! Mix it up every so often, and in a month or so you’ll have a surprisingly delicious flavored vodka.
But on to the beauty treatments…
if you have scars that are considerably lighter that your skin ( hypo-pigmented scars) ginger will literally work wonders. Slice a little off the peeled ginger and rub the juice on the scar, twice a day, every day. Don’t wash it off–it will be a little sticky. You will notice an improvement in a few weeks.
Ginger’s invigorating and spicy scent makes it a wonderful addition to body salts and scrubs. When you want a little pick-me-up try this lemon-ginger body scrub. You’ll need: 1/2 cup organic sugar (“sugar in the raw”), 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tsp freshly grated, peeled ginger, and the zest from one large lemon. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well. In the shower or bath, scrub your body lightly with the mixture and then rinse.
Another ginger treat is bath salts made with ginger. You can make bath salts with so many different ingredients, but this cinnamon/ginger version is a delight!
You’ll need: 1/4 cup coarsely ground sea salt , 3 tsp peeled, finely ground or grated ginger, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon ( or 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil) , and 5 drops sweet orange essential oil.
Combine all ingredients in a small container and stir well. Add to a hot bath, and swish around a bit before getting in. Soak for 15-20 minutes. The smell is heavenly!
Those are just two wonderful recipes that you can make using fresh ginger–it’s so versatile..for cooking, natural remedies and even beauty and bath treatments!
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