Health and beauty benefits of ginger

Ginger is a widely popular plant whose rhizome or root has been used in cooking and traditional medicine. But what about its use as a beauty product? We investigate.

 

Many countries hail the plant for its anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to treat sore throats, burns, pain, and nausea. Other than its medicinal purposes, ginger can also be used for several beauty treatments. You can use it to complement your favourite Rainbow Beauty product.

In fact, did you know that ginger hosts several antioxidants that can help treat skin and hair problems? Here are some additional beauty benefits of ginger that you may not know about:

Reduces the appearance of scars

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can help reduce the appearance of hypopigmented scars (or scars that are lighter than your skin tone). Simply slice a piece of ginger and dab it against certain areas of your skin. Allow the juice to dry. Do this once or twice daily and you’ll notice a remarkable change within weeks. After a few months, your scar will be barely noticeable!

Aids glowing skin

Create a ginger face pack to enhance your skin’s appearance! Ginger generally has around 40 antioxidant properties that help prevent free radical damage against your skin which usually leads to premature aging.

To create an effective face mask: Grate your ginger root (or use ginger powder), add 1 teaspoon of organic honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir your concoction before applying to your skin and leave it there for 20 minutes. Wash off your homemade mask to reveal radiant and glowing skin. Additionally, this recipe can also be used for people whose skin are prone to acne and breakouts.

Treats cellulite

Ginger has been known to reduce the appearance of cellulite thanks to its detoxifying and toning properties. To create homemade ginger body scrub, simply combine  ½ cup of sugar, ¼ cup of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger (or ginger powder) into a container. Add a zest of lemon if needed. Use this scrub to treat the back of your thighs and store the remaining ingredients in the fridge. This recipe can last up to 1 week.

Note: This recipe also doubles as a foot scrub which helps remove dead skin cells around the soles of your feet. Use this recipe for a weekly foot scrub to reveal softer and radiant feet!

Enhances hair growth and treats dandruff

Looking to grow out your hair for a new look? Using ginger as a hair mask can help increase circulation unto your scalp which leads to faster hair growth. Coupled with additional vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, this super spice also strengthens hair strands while combating hair loss. To create your very own hair mask, combine grated ginger (or ginger powder) and jojoba oil into a small container. Mix well to create a paste. Apply this unto your hair before shampooing, and gently massage into your scalp. Allow this mask to stay on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Use your shampoo after as usual.

For the treatment of dandruff, ginger can also be a powerful ingredient since it contains several antiseptic properties. Combine  2 tablespoons of grated ginger (powdered ginger) with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Create a paste and apply it unto your scalp for 15-25 minutes. Wash off and continue using your anti-dandruff shampoo. Use this treatment twice a week until your scalp is dandruff free.

Use as an ingredient in bath salts

Ginger increases circulation in your body which allows your muscles to relax. For a refreshing and relaxing bath, combine 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger with a ½ cup of Epsom salt. Fill your bathtub with water and pour your bath salts in slowly. Submerge your body in the bath and allow your tense muscles to relax.

Tones Skin

Using a toner after washing your face helps provide that extra cleansing effect while also restoring the pH levels of your skin. Ginger is an effective ingredient for toners due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its effective treatment of acne and blemishes.

To create your very own ginger-lemon facial toner, slice ginger root into small pieces. Pour boiling water over sliced ginger pieces in a cup and let it cool for 15-20 minutes. Strain the ginger pieces from the cup and add 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and mix. Store this mixture into a bottle and keep it in the fridge. Apply homemade toner with a cotton pad after washing your face twice a day for a fresher looking face!