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Beetroot

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Beetroot is cleansing, nourishing and detoxifying when used in herbal skin care. Cooked, mashed and applied as a poultice it can be used to draw toxins from infected sores and wounds.

 

Beetroot’s dark blue-red colour is due to the presence of anthocyanin, or red betaine pigments, and powdered beetroot can be used as a natural colourant for soaps, creams and gels. To make beetroot oil, place powdered beetroot and sweet almond oil in a double boiler or bain marie. The amount of powder added will depend upon the desired intensity of colour and the length of time the ingredients are heated. The finished oil will be dark pink to deep bluish-purple.

 

Natural red tones can be added to brown or red hair with the use of beetroot. Combine 250ml each beetroot and carrot juice. Pour over damp, freshly washed hair and leave on for one hour. If it is possible to lie in the sun, even better. Shampoo out and condition as usual.

 

Rub some raw beetroot over chapped lips for natural colour and healing. Finish with a slick of natural lip balm to keep lips soft and protected.

 

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