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GINGERLY SPEAKING

Posted by 11.01.11

With the aroma of gingerbread men in the air, now is a good time to round up some beauty products made with this lovely smelling plant. While ginger, whose name derives from the Old English gingifere, produces clusters of white and pink flower buds that bloom into yellow flowers, it’s the root – young ginger rhizomes – that is coveted for cooking and medicinal purposes. They can be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea – a common folk remedy for colds – as well as ginger ale and ginger beer for stomach settlers. Because of its aromatic properties, ginger is found in a variety of fragrant and delightful beauty products like those listed below.

ZING-A-DING

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WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS…

Posted by 10.18.11

When I was in high school, everyone wore Jean Nate. It was the light and clean citrus scent that we loved. Now the world of cosmetics is overflowing with lemon-based products. The lemon is both a small evergreen tree native to Asia, and the tree’s oval yellow fruit. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in many dishes and it’s also used in aromatherapy, first aid and medicine. Use it for itchy, flaky scalp and unclogging pores. Rinse hands and feet in lemon juice and water to and pat dry. You can even get sunny highlights with lemon juice. Here’s a roundup of some lemony loveliness to try:

WATKINS WONDER

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BEAUTY SECRETS FROM THE WILD – BAMBOO TAKES ROOT

Posted by 08.16.11

As we become more conscious about the products we use, especially those for our face and body, we are turning more often to organic and natural items. Right now, the hot item is bamboo.

You might not know that bamboo is actually giant grass. In fact, it’s the fastest growing member of the grass family – and also the largest. Some species can grow nearly 40 inches a day and there are whole forests of bamboo covering thousands of acres in Southeast Asia.

The stems are hollow and the harsh fibrous woody substance is absent, which means that it can be used for a variety of health and beauty products, like those listed here.

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