As we promised in the last issue of Bali Pocket Magazine – we give you a second part article about one of our favorite plants – ginger. Not only is it super healthy (check it out in our February issue, it lays around free in many shops, cafes and spas) it is also a beauty king! How many other herbs can deliver healthier hair, better skin, and even tackle cellulite? Here is what ginger can do for you:
Promotes hair growth
Ginger increases circulation to your scalp, which is essential for stimulating hair growth. The plethora of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids also strengthen strands and combat hair loss. Try making a hair mask of equal parts grated ginger and jojoba oil, and massage it into your hair, concentrating on the scalp. After half an hour, rinse and sham- poo as usual.
In addition to its detoxifying and invigorating qualities, ginger is also known to reduce cellulite. Stimulate circulation and tone your skin with a cellulite-busting lemon ginger body scrub. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger, and the zest of one lemon. Store your leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.
Improves the skin’s texture and fights signs of aging
The antioxidants present in ginger increase collagen production, reduce skin damage, and inflammation. Ginger has also been known to reduce the appearance of hyper- pigmentation (dark blotches of skin). Rubbing a small slice of fresh ginger on hypopigmented scars about two to three times a day for at least six weeks gives optimum results.
Helps fight acne
The antiseptic and anti-oxidant ingredients in ginger respectively help fight against the bacteria and free radicals that cause acne. It also helps promote skin renewal, improve blood circulation and reduces blemishes. You can add some ginger juice (grate fresh ginger and squeeze out the juice) to your favorite mask for acne treatment.
Improve your skin complexion by applying slices of ginger onto your face. Ginger will tone your skin, tighten the pores and even out discoloration. Or you can prepare a mixture of ginger juice and honey and massage your face once or twice a week. You will have beautiful skin and beautiful complexion.
Exfoliates the skin
Grated ginger has a mild gritty texture and can be the main ingredient in face and body exfoliants. It is very effective in scrounging off dead cells, dirt, germs, excess sebum and grime from deep inside skin pores. Prepare a scrub of one teaspoon of grated ginger and one tablespoon of honey and use it to mas- sage your face. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes then wash your face with warm water.