Using rice water for skin and hair is a practice that has been done for ages in India. Before the invention of rice cooker, rice was always boiled in mud pots and once it got cooked, the rice boiled water was drained. Since rice was had for lunch everyday, rice water was always at home. Instead of pouring it down the drain, it was always used for skin and hair care. Though we use pressure cooker for boiling rice now, we do make rice the traditional way often just to get rice water. Usually instead of soap we use homemade bath powder and sometimes when we use bath powder mixed with water during cold winters, it can dry out the skin. So we usually use rice water to mix the bath powder instead of water during winter months. We also mix shikakai powder with rice water for washing our hair, it gives a nice sheen to the hair. Rice water is rich in amino acids, vitamin B, vitamin E and minerals and is very soothing both when taken internally and applied externally. Here are some of the hair, skin and health benefits of using rice water. 1. Rice Water For Skin Lightening: Regularly using rice water on the skin helps make it smooth and supple. It also brightens the skin tone especially if used regularly. 2. Rice Water For Acne: If you have acne prone skin, I would suggest being very cautious about the ingredients you use on the face. Using gentle ingredients like rice water which helps soothe the inflammation and gently fights of acne causing bacteria is the best idea. Try using fermented rice water for acne, to use mix fermented rice water with besan and organic turmeric powder and apply on the face. 3. Rice Water For Eczema: Since rice water has a soothing effect on skin, it can be very useful for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Like oatmeal bath, you can mix rice water into bath water and soak in it. Adding few drops of soothing essential oil to it also will greatly help. 4. Rice Water As a Hair Conditioner: Rice water can be used as a natural hair conditioner, dilute the rice water in regular water along with few drops of lemon juice and use as final rinse to get shiny, smooth hair. 5. Rice Water For Dandruff: Fermented rice water is great for getting rid of dandruff if used along with amla powder and yogurt. At home I mix fermented rice water and yogurt with amla powder and use it as a hair mask, great for getting rid of all scalp infections! 6. Rice Water For Health: Freshly made rice water mixed with turmeric powder is a very good remedy for indigestion. You can make rice water at home in two ways, one involves boiling and the other is a no cook method. To make your own rice water using boiling method, boil organic hand pounded rice (or any variety of rice that you use) after soaking it in water for an hour in plenty of water till it gets cooked and then strain the water. To make fermented rice water, keep the rice water in normal temperature for a day or two till it gets sour. To make the rice water using no cook method, soak rice in very little water for an hour and strain the water, you can also ferment the water overnight. At home, I mostly use cooked rice water as it is more thick and creamy….
Different Ways Of Using Rice Water At Home:
1. Rice Water Toner:
This is such an easy but very effective toner that can be easily made at home with practically no cost at all. All you need to do to make the toner is next time you are making rice for lunch, wash the rice once and soak it in very little water before cooking. Strain the white milky water before cooking and use it as toner…
2. Rice Water Face Mask:
This face mask is very very effective for acne prone skin. To make the mask, take 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder and 2 tsp of besan in a bowl. Add enough rice water to form a spreadable paste and use it as a face mask. You can use this face mask weekly twice.
3. Rice Water Hair Rinse:
For hair rinse, I would suggest using fermented rice water. Take the rice water and thin it down with water till it is very watery. Now add a dash of fresh lime juice, your rise water hair rinse is ready! Use it as a hair rinse after shampooing and rinse once more with plain water…
4. Rice Water Hair Mask:
For the hair mask, take amla powder in a bowl. Add equal quantity of homemade yogurt and fermented rice water to form a spreadable paste and use it as a hair mask. This mask treats dandruff very very effectively.