Rice is an edible starchy grain from the grass specie, Oryza. The most common types are Oryza sativa and Oryza glaberrima. They are globally consumed as staple food, especially in Asia.
Rice is available in many varieties – brown, black, and organic among others, so your choice really depends on your culinary needs, availability and nutritional preference.
One type can be more nutritious than the other but in general, rice has high amounts of carbohydrates and considerable protein.
Over-All Health Benefits
Rice provides energy period. It is rich in carbohydrates. It improves bowel movements, preventing constipation.
It prevents obesity and regulates blood pressure because it has low amount of fats, cholesterol and sodium.
Rice is naturally gluten-free which means it is gut-friendly. It boosts the immune system and provides protection against development of cancer cells.
Some varieties of rice have antioxidants which promote cardiovascular strength by lowering down cholesterol levels in the body. The brown type of rice has low amount of glycemic index and so it prevents diabetes.
Rice also has antioxidant ferulic acid and anti-inflammatory allantoin which are both excellent to maintain beautiful skin and hair.
Rice water is the milky white solution you can get from washing and soaking the rice before cooking, or from boling it.
By not throwing the water, you will have the most simple and the cheapest beauty product ever you can make at home.
How To Prepare?
The first washing of rice is to remove any dirt and impurities, so it is not advisable to use this wash for your face and hair. The second washing is fine to use.
The recommended proportion is 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water. Then, allow the rice to soak in the water for 15 to 30 minutes for the vitamins and minerals to leak into the water.
Then after that, transfer the water in an air-tight container and store up to 4 days in a refrigerator.
If you prefer boiled rice water, the proportion is 1 cup of rice to 3 cups of water. It is better then to cook rice uncovered in this method.
After the rice is cooked, strain water into an air-tight clean container. Cool it down and store up to a week in the refrigerator.
As facial cleanser – use a cotton ball or pad and dip into the rice water. Apply on face, gently massaging for at least two minutes. Let it dry on face to make sure the skin absorbs all of the nutrients.
Then wash face. Use everyday and feel the skin becomes tighter, softer and more radiant.
As facial toner – after washing your face with your regular facial cleanser, apply to face using a cotton ball. You may leave it overnight and wash in the morning fo best result.
It will minimize the appearance of pores and keep your skin smooth and bright.
As treatment for acne – it can be used as an astringent, tightens the pores, heals the acne and eases redness caused by the outbreak.
As treatment for skin irritations and other inflammations – simply apply rice water on skin and feel its soothing effect. A 15-minute rice water bath at least twice a day will help improve skin with atopic dermatitis.
As sunburn reliever – cold rice water is very helpful on burnt skin. It provides cooling effect, helps skin recover fast and prevents further damage.