When fresh, ginger root is thick, brown-skinned and tuberous. This root has long been used in savoury Asian dishes and for baking, but it has some surprising uses, as well. Ginger root has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antioxidant properties. In addition to health benefits, ginger can also be used for cosmetic purposes.
Ginger root, when mixed with oils, can help relieve dry or cracked skin. Grate a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root. Mix the juice with 2 teaspoons each of vitamin E oil, sesame oil and apricot kernel oil, plus 1/2 cup of cocoa butter. Heat slowly in a pan to melt the cocoa butter and mix the oils. When cool, apply the lotion liberally to any areas of dry skin.
Dandruff can be an embarrassing beauty problem, and traditional anti-dandruff shampoos are often harsh on your scalp. Ginger reduces dandruff, as it has antiseptic properties and improves blood flow in the scalp. Juice or finely grate enough ginger to yield 1 tablespoon of juice. Mix the juice with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Apply the mixture to your scalp three times each week before shampooing your hair.
Hypo-pigmented scars are flat, white --- or pigmentless --- scars. These types of scars are often caused by severe acne or dry skin and are much less likely to return to normal skin tone on their own, compared to dark, hyper-pigmented scars. However, ginger root can stimulate the melanocytes in your skin, causing pigmentation to return. Gently rub a slice of fresh ginger root over your scars each day. You should start to see improvement after around six weeks.
The invigorating and rejuvenating properties of ginger root make it an ideal exfoliator. Add 1/2 tablespoon of ground or freshly grated ginger root and 1/2 tablespoon of ground cinnamon to 1 cup of sea salt and 1 cup of almond or olive oil and mix them togther. This oil can be used as a facial or body exfoliator to remove dead skin and give you a glowing complexion.
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