The Un-Beet-able Beet

I think its time we came back to beets!

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Remember the days when IF you ate BEETS it was pickled and out of a can and just sliced on a salad?  Nobody liked them (okay, I did, they were SWEET. Plus that color just lured me in.)

Nowadays I can’t find anyone who eats beets out of a can (thankfully) but people have learned how amazing fresh beets are raw, juiced, or roasted.   Beet Chips are all the rage (YUM) but did you know that they are not only AMAZING for your INSIDES but super nourishing for your OUTSIDES TOO.

Regular consumption of Beetroot juice can offer you many health benefits for not only body, but also your skin and hair by providing anti-oxidants, Vitamin C, E, Beta-Carotene and other compounds such as polyphenols and phytonutrients.  High in potassium, electrolytes and iron beetroot juice can give lifeless hair a nutritional boost.  Eliminating free radicals and toxins from our bodies, and adding nutrients like Selenium, Zinc, Silicia, and Vitamin B complex all play a big role in keeping our skin healthy and glowing and hair strong and vibrant.

Consuming beetroot juice is beneficial for increasing the production of collagen in our bodies and helps protect our skin from UV rays from the inside out.  It can reduce skin pigmentation, keep our skin moisturized, help protect the elasticity in  aging skin, hair and more!

I am drinking my beetroot juice that’s for sure!  Are YOU?

What about its use topically?  I am a firm believer that there are many benefits from plants that can be beneficial when absorbed into the skin along with consuming it internally, and how wonderful is that?

Try adding beetroot juice to your next facial mask.  The added nutrients will leave your skin soft,  bright and glowing.

Hair can benefit too from topical uses of Beetroot juice!

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I am sure you have seen my recent posts on Hair Teas and noticed I like to add beetroot juice to them.  What began as an attempt to give my brunette hair a little red highlighting,  has inspired a whole lot of beetroot fun!

Beetroot juice can promote hair growth, AND prevent hair loss.  It can help dandruff, promote a healthy scalp,  and leave your hair stronger, softer (and tinted with red).  (Be sure to rinse it out if you want less red tint)

If you are like me and have darker hair, a little bit of a red hue is just a fun, natural and chemical free way to add a little blushing red highlights to your already healthy glowing hair while nourishing your hair and scalp (and entire body) at the same time.

WIN.

I have a few beetroot recipes for you to experiment with:

I am adding this to my “SIMPLE IS BEST” Collection

Blushing Beets Blush

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Put a teaspoon or two of plain beetroot juice powder, mixed with either arrowroot powder or (my favorite) pearl powder until you have the color you like .  (If you want it darker and less “pink” you could add cocoa or cinnamon powder to make it the perfect shade for you.

Got the color you like?  Grab your blush brush and apply lightly.  Its lovely!

Add a drop or two of rose essential oil for a lovely scented skin nourishing blush.

How about a fast and easy Rosey-Beet Eyehsadow

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Simple Pink Eyeshadow made with beetroot juice powder

Rosey-Beet Eyeshadow

  • 1/2 tsp beetroot juice powder
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp arrowroot powder OR pearl powder
  • 1 or 2 drops rose essential oil (mmmm) can use lavender, jasmine or whatever you like
  • 1/8 tsp cosmetic grade mica if you want a wee bit of shimmer. I like gold.

Mix together and apply with clean makeup brush.

** when I am making makeup I will almost always take one thing I made, like the blush, and use THAT as a base for something similar, like eyeshadow, with the same color blend OR use ONE item for dual purposes.*** SIMPLE IS BEST PEEPS.

♥♥

SKIN

Beetroot juice is reported to be helpful in helping aging skin ward off fine lines, improve elasticicty, and prevent sagging skin.  Full of anti-oxidants beetroot juice can relieve puffy eyes, dark circles and refresh tired eyes.  If you drink beetroot juice you can give your eyes an even better benefit by improved eye health.

So you could try simply taking a cotton ball and dabbing beetroot juice on your face and washing off after a few minutes, or by adding it in your favorite mask recipe.

Try this soothing facial gel mask!

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Glowing face beetroot juice gel mask

  • 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon xantham gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon beetroot juice powder (or maybe a tablespoon of fresh beetroot juice)
  • a few drops each of jojoba and Vitamin E oil
  • add a few drops of lavender essential oil for more calming soothing effect. I also covered the smell of beets if you are sensitive to that.

Combine the aloe vera gel with the beetroot juice powder (or liquid) until its incorporated with the aloe.  Add in the oils and essential oils, if using. Then add in the xantham gum and using maybe a magic bullet or other small high-speed blender, mix in the xantham gum till incorporated.  This is a small batch so I think it makes the whipping up a tad difficult.  I used a small whisk and tackled it. It doesn’t matter too much though, lumpy or not it felt amazing and soothing on my face.  I let it dry and then used a hot wash cloth to remove the mask and exfoliate my face.  Then I promptly added more because I just loved how it felt.  Hydrate your face with your favorite serum or facial mist  and then lock that all in with a lovely night cream or your favorite moisturizer!

** I bet if you juiced a cucumber and added that in you would have a VERY refreshing soothing, cooling eye and face gel mask!  Try keeping it in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect**

My latest and favorite Hair Tea is Rosey and RED; floral and earthy.  What an amazing combo. IF you want to play with red hues in your hair (lighter hair will show it more of course) try using beetroot juice in your hair tea.

There are just so many fun things you can make from plants and you can rest assured that you are nourishing your body from the inside out (or outside in :))

Packed with vitamins, minerals and COLOR, for not only a healthy body but glowing, radiant, youthful skin and hair, beets truly ARE Un-Beet-able!

Now I know I have been talking all about topical uses of beetroot juice, but please don’t forget to DRINK IT!  Like with teas, you could juice a couple beets and drink some, and use a bit for your skin and hair!  I love any kind of dual action, multi-purpose health practice! It saves time, and nourishes your body as a whole!

I hope you give some of these recipes a try, OR I hope I have inspired you to go buy a fresh beet and make its aquaintence; roast it, eat it raw, juice it, boil it or make CHIPS, make dye or come up with some fantastic idea of your own!  You cant Beet it!

~in health and happiness

Annie

 

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