by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

In addition to being a delicious, zesty complement to your sushi roll, ginger happens to have great benefits for your hair. Ginger improves circulation which may in turn promote growth, and its antiseptic properties make it an effective scalp soother as well as an all-natural dandruff treatment.

How to Use Ginger

Get a tablespoon of fresh juice from ginger or a couple of drops of ginger essential oil. Add the ginger to an ample amount of jojoba oil to dilute. Ginger juice or oil is highly potent, so a little bit goes a long way, and you never want to use it on its own.

Apply the mix as you would a hot oil treatment, let it sit in for 15-30 minutes under a hooded dryer or thermal deep-conditioning cap, and then rinse.

How to Make Ginger Oil

  1. Wash off some fresh ginger root, then allow it to dry for a couple of hours
  2. Shred the ginger into pieces with a grater
  3. Add the shredded ginger to an oven-safe bowl
  4. Add in 1 1/2 cups olive oil
  5. Put the bowl into the oven and heat the mixture at 150 degrees for 2 hours
  6. Once cooled, pour the ginger-infused oil into storage bottles, using a cheese cloth or a strainer to keep the grated pieces of ginger out

Store the oil in a cool, dry place. Its shelf life is 6 months.

How to Make Ginger Juice

  1. Wash off the ginger
  2. Chop the ginger into pieces
  3. Place it into a high-powered blender (I use my Ninja)
  4. Add enough filtered water to cover the ginger
  5. Blend
  6. Strain the juice into a container, keeping the ginger pieces out

Store this juice in your fridge for 2 weeks max.

Again, never use ginger on its own; always dilute it!

Do you use ginger in your routine?

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