Oh my! It’s been a while! Been busy and lazy at the same time lol. My apologies!
The topic for today is a very strange but true topic which is, The Use of Rice water. Yeah yeah, you are reading that right. It’s the water we get when we boil rice. Some are already thinking this is nasty but oh please! It’s the best, trust me. It’s natural, stress free, fast and cheap.
I’ll be focusing on it’s use on hair and skin.
Firstly on hair: Rice water makes hair soft, strong and healthy. Hair is made up of protein, hence the protein in rice water is good for your hair. Rice protein strengthens the hair shaft and fills in the cracks, resulting in shiny and soft hair. Plus, rice water contains inositol, a kind of carbohydrate that can prevent hair damage and keep it healthy and soft. In fact, it can treat hair loss by increasing the growth rate of new hair and strengthening the hair strands as they grow.
How to go about it:
* After shampooing your hair, pour rice water diluted with plain water on your hair.
* Using your fingertips, gently massage your scalp for 10 minutes.
* Rinse your hair thoroughly with plain water.
* Follow this hair treatment 2 or 3 times a week. For extra nourishment, you can add a few drops of essential oils, such as rosemary, lavender or geranium to the rice water before use.
* You can also add green tea in it. If using fermented rice water, make sure you dilute it before rinsing your hair with it. Trust me it works reallll good. Because it reduces surface friction on frizzy hair and increases hair elasticity.
Now for it’s importance on skin:
It soothes skin irritation. The starch in rice water is effective at treating dry skin lesions of eczema. It can soothe skin irritation and inflammation. A 2002 study published in Acta Dermato Venereologica found that exposure to bath water containing rice starch, twice daily for 15 minutes, led to a 20 percent improvement in the healing capacity of damaged skin.This study recommends this skin repair bath for barrier damaged skin, particularly in the case of atopic dermatitis patients. For any kind of skin irritation or inflammation:
* Add a few cups of rice water to warm bath water. Soak your body in this water for 15 to 20 minutes, twice daily.
* For localized irritation, soak a cotton ball in cool rice water and apply it on the affected area. Repeat a few times a day. This might feel very absurd but it’s really good to explore and try new things to know how best it works for you you know. So I envisage someone trying this out already. I hope this was helpful and not a waste of time to you. Have a lovely day guys!