Rice is a staple food in many parts of the world. It can be eaten in different forms and can also be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Chinese believe that rice strengthens the spleen. In India, a decoction of rice is used as a salve on inflamed skin. In folk medicine, rice water is prescribed as a treatment for diarrhea. Many herbalists believe that rice has astringent, diuretic and tonic properties and can even be used for treating certain cancers, stomach indurations and warts. In many countries such as Japan, rice is fermented to enhance its health benefits. Fermented rice and its water contain probiotic or beneficial bacteria that can help in curing, treating, preventing and healing many health issues. So today we will take a look at rice water and fermented rice water benefits and understand how many cultures have been using it for enhancing beauty and overall health and well being.
Rice water is obtained in two different ways:
Soak the rice in water for 5-10 minutes. When you strain the rice using a colander, you will have milky or discolored water left behind. Collect this water. It is very rich in starch and carbohydrates and you can put it to good use. First of all you can use this water to water your plants. This way, you will save water and the nutrient rich water also enhances the growth of your plants. You can also leave this water at room temperature for 2-3 days. As it ferments, it grows several beneficial or probiotic bacteria and yeasts which can benefit the skin and hair. We will discuss exactly how one can use this water for its beauty benefits.
You can also get nutritious rice water by boiling rice in excess water and then straining the cooked rice. This warm rice stock is beneficial for people with diarrhea. You can also store collected water in a glass bottle and leave it outside at room temperature to ferment. After 2-3 days, you can use this water for beauty remedies.
Rice water is very good for the scalp and hair. It eliminates dandruff and also helps you get rid of fungal problems on the scalp. The vitamins and starch in rice water also enhance hair growth. In fact, Asians have been washing their hair with rice water for promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss for centuries. Here is how you can use rice water for hair:
Use the rice water at least twice a week to wash your hair. This remedy is an age-old secret of Asian women who have been using rice water for hair care for centuries. The proteins, B vitamins and antioxidants nourish the hair and scalp and promote hair growth while arresting hair fall.
Malaysian women use rice pellets mixed with water to keep their skin healthy and blemish free. Chinese women have been using rice water for its anti aging properties.
Use the rice water toner/makeup remover daily. You will see a marked difference in your skin within a few weeks.
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