Thursday, 17 February 2011

Our ingredients: GINGER (Zingiber officinale).

Ginger is native to India and China. It takes its name from the Sanskrit word stringa-vera, which means “with a body like a horn”, as in antlers. Ginger has been important in Chinese medicine for many centuries, and is mentioned in the writings of Confucius. It was one of the earliest spices known in Western Europe, used since the 9th century. It became so popular in Europe that it was included in every table setting, like salt and pepper. In English pubs and taverns in the nineteenth century, barkeepers put out small containers of ground ginger, for people to sprinkle into their beer — the origin of ginger ale. In order to ’gee up’ a lazy horse, it is the time honoured practice of Sussex farmers to apply a pinch of ginger to the animal’s backside.

The health benefits of ginger are endless. Ginger is known to have more than twelve types of anti-oxidants, making it useful for treatment of many disorders.
It contains essential oils, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, choline, folic acid, inositol, manganese, panthotenic acid, silicon, and a small amount of vitamin B3. Like other spices, it has aphrodisiac properties and is used widely for medicinal purposes.

Ginger on the skin can increase skin's radiance and decrease inflammation that may contribute to conditions such as psoriasis and acne. Ginger is an antioxidant, which means it inhibits harmful free radicals that cause skin damage and aging.

Improve Skin Tone

Ginger's antioxidant, gingerol, not only fights skin-damaging free radicals, but also promotes smoothness and evenness in skin tone. Blue ginger from Madagascar is a type of ginger that is a particularly potent antioxidant.

Lighten Age Spots

Ginger also has the ability to lighten age spots while acting as an energy-booster in aromatherapy spa treatments. Because ginger is energizing and is believed to improved circulation, it is often used in cellulite-reducing treatments.

Fight Blemishes

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, which makes it a natural acne fighting ingredient. Ginger is also an antiseptic, which means it is effective in killing the bacteria that causes acne.

In our “GINGER” soap we replaced water with freshly squeezed ginger juice. It gives its unique warm, spicy, woody scent to the soap, which is enhanced with ginger pure essential oil.
The soap is superfatted with fairtrade-unrefined shea butter and babassu oil.
The soap is well cured with extremely mild lather.

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