Invigorating Ginger and Lime Body Scrub
Sugar and Spice ~
When you hear the word Ginger, what does it immediately make you think of?
Was it your dreaded nickname in school due to the carrot colored hair you wore handed down through the generations?
Maybe it reminds you of your guilty pleasure Ginger Spice a.k.a. Geri Halliwell of The Spice Girls band who rocked the pop world in the 90's?
It could be the smell of homemade gingerbread, the taste of ginger ale or your favorite Asian dish?
Here is another reason to remember ginger, as a perfect ingredient to body scrubs.
By Rajan Jolly
- Health Benefit Of Dry Ginger And Ginger Powder
Ginger-This common kitchen ingredient has very versatile uses. Read on for the medicinal benefits of ginger.
Ginger Beauty Benefits ~
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Reduces Cellulite
- Relieves Muscular Aches
- Anti-Aging Benefits
- Antiseptic Properties
- Promotes Smooth Supple Skin
- Improves Skin Tone
- Improves Circulation
- Energizing, Stimulating
- Treats Acne
- Exfoliates Skin
- Contains Vitamin C and E
- Rich in Magnesium, Iron and Manganese
- Lightens Age Spots
- Heals Scars
- Smoothing Hair
- Lime juice benefits
Limes are packed with vitamin C - important for your immune system, especially in the cold and flu season. But lime juice has also been shown in medical studies to fight more serious illnesses, such as malaria, cholera and golden staph.
Fresh Ginger Tips ~
- For peeling ginger there is no need to use a peeler. All you need is the side of a spoon. Many who are used to cooking with fresh ginger will be familiar with this technique which is easy and effective. Tilt the spoon slightly and run the edge down to scrape off the ginger. You will find the top layer should come away easily and quickly with this method.
- Peeled ginger when covered in 100% vodka will last months in the fridge. Take your peeled rhizome and place in a small jar. Cover with vodka and screw on airtight lid. Whenever you want to use for cooking the vodka will automatically evaporate off.
By Rajan Jolly
- Health Benefits Of Olives And Olive Oil
Olives and Olive Oil are very beneficial to health. Olive Oil is the most healthy of all the cooking oils and has a number of health uses. To know more about the various health benefits of olives and olive oil, read on....
Ginger and Coconut Oil Face and Body Scrub
Ginger and Lime Scrub ~
2 inch cucumber (peeled and chopped)
1 inch ginger (peeled and coarsely grated)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup sea salt or rock salt
small glass jar with secure lid
Zest the lime and add to the blender.
Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice of half the lime into the blender.
Add the cucumber, ginger, sea salt and olive oil into the blender and give it a blitz to a gritty texture.
Pour the scrub into your container and secure tightly.
Pop it in the fridge if not using immediately, it will last 3-6 days.
Apply to dampened skin when in the shower and apply all over the body. Avoid the delicate areas as ginger can be quite intensive when used on the body.
Massage in gently using circular movements particularly around the knees, elbows and feet.
Rinse off thoroughly in the shower.
Your skin will feel stimulated, smooth and supple with this blend of fresh ingredients.
Finish with a dusting of body powder.
By Rajan Jolly
- Health Benefits - Cucumbers
Cucumber is not only a wonderful for cooling the body in summer but also is rich in nutrients that keep one healthy. Read on the to find out the health benefits of cucumbers ...
As this is a fresh recipe, not designed for a lengthy shelf life, use organic ingredients if possible. The best quality produce will give the best results with maximum nutrients available.
If you want to change ingredients, here are some easy alternatives:
Fresh ginger may be replaced by dried ginger if need be. Remember the rule is 1 part dried equals 3 parts fresh.
Limes may be substituted with lemons or orange if you prefer. A mix of lemon and lime is gorgeous as shown in my hand scrub recipe!
Olive oil run out? Or do you prefer other carrier oils? Try almond oil, apricot kernel oil or sunflower oil.
Salt may be in the form of rock salt, sea salt, Andean pink salt or any of the larger grained salts.
If you wish to add extra benefits to the skin add a teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
Why not add a small handful of pumpkin seeds for their exfoliating and nutritional values.
Instead of fresh ginger and lime you could use essential oils of these two instead. A couple of drops of each is enough. Drop the cucumber or use a cucumber hydrosol or flower water (approximately 2 tablespoons). This may be purchased online at mountain rose herbs.com. By changing the “fresh” recipe will extend the shelf life to 3-6 months.
Food for Thought . . . .
Looking to our fresh and seasonal produce is what we tend to do for creating our dishes so why not do the same for our skin? Such are the benefits of fruits, vegetables, grains, oils, nuts, flowers and herbs, they have not gone unnoticed by the cosmetic brands and are often cited in their list of ingredients. By incorporating fresh treatments into our beauty regimes, we are utilizing the very best of the nutrient rich foods without the need of chemicals and synthetic fragrance. Be it face cleansers, masks, toners or body scrubs fresh is easily done so why not try it out for yourself, you will not be disappointed.
"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"
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