The history of loofah is fascinating. While it originated somewhere in Asia, today it’s a primary cash crop in many parts of South America. In fact, in a carbon dating test, it was found that loofah was brought to the Americas almost 9000 years ago!
The benefits of loofah are many, the important being the fact that they exfoliate your skin. Dead skin cells sometimes clump around the top layer of your skin, making for a duller and less youthful appearance. Loofahs scrub this layer off gently without disrupting the young and healthy skin cells underneath.
While the Loofah has over time become popular, there are several other lesser-known cousins around the world which have similar and, in many cases, have even more benefits.
South India is famous for its Ramacham or Vetiver Roots. In the northern parts of India, this root is known as Khus. While this little herb given limited importance, has an impressive list of benefits to its credit.
Vetiver is native to tropical Asia and grows as a weed. Its roots are packed with antioxidants and other powerful medicinal properties. While there are various form factors for products of this plant here, we will focus on the scrubber.
The scrubber serves as an excellent exfoliator for the skin. Apart from that there are other benefits like cleansing of toxins and restoration of the PH balance of the skin. It removes just the right amount of oil from the pores to ensure it leaves your skin balanced and hydrated. It also has a significant amount of anti-oxidants which ensures that regular usage of this scrub delays the onset of signs of ageing on the skin.
The best way to use Ramacham scrub is to wet it for an hour before use. This will ensure the roots are activated. An original Ramacham root scrub will have a nice fragrance once it’s wet. Gently apply soap on the skin and then use the scrub to exfoliate and cleanse the skin.
However, the best part of this scrub is that you can also use the roots used in the scrub to create Vetiver Root Water. This water has many useful applications.
- The water can be cooled and used as an excellent “after-shave lotion”.
- It can be used as a facial mist rejuvenator to keep you looking young and fresh.
- It can used to add to your facewash routine to cleanse all toxins and add youthful radiance to your skin.
- It can be used to heal dry skin by simply applying to the affected area for a couple of days.
- Vetiver roots can also be used to flavour water and even create Khus-based drinks.
Needless to mention do keep the Vetiver root for consumption and beauty applications separate 😀
Finally, we will briefly touch upon the Crochet body scrubber which is a scrubber made of Mercerized Cotton Threads. This has just the right combination of scrubby and smoothness. Crochet scrubbers are perfect for babies and soft skins.
We at Giftomojo have a range of scrubs from traditional Loofah to Vitiver Roots and Crochet Scrubbies which you can use for whichever application you deem fit. These are sourced right from the source where these arts are crafted.
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