Eggplant is well recognized as a low-cal, nutritious vegetable but you may be surprised to know that eggplant carries at least four beauty benefits too. Whether eaten or used externally on your body, eggplant is a universal application for beauty and well as health. Everywhere that the eggplant has gone, from early beginnings in Asia to the Middle East and Turkey to Europe, Russia, and Australia and the United States, this vegetable has served as a natural remedy used by health practitioners as well as by our ancestors.
Some food histor
ians say the eggplant originated in India and others say it was first cultivated in China. Based on fifth-century scrolls in China, ladies in the higher echelons of society used the dark purple dye from eggplant skins to brush their teeth until they were shiny gray. Other stories abound, but here are at least four eggplant-based beauty recipes that have stood the test of time.
Beauty Benefit #1 – See Freckles Fade
Natural-beauty followers think that the eggplant can work wonders on freckles. The eggplant will not make freckles go away, but the observation has been made that, by applying eggplant to your skin, you will see your freckles fade. You should look for results to show up in about 10 days, if you do the following:
Wash your eggplant and then cut it up into pieces. Rub the pieces directly, and gently, in circular movements, on the face for 10 to 15 minutes.
Beauty Benefit #2 – Say Goodbye to Warts
Applying fresh eggplants to warts is an old home remedy that takes two ingredients: a thin piece of fresh eggplant big enough to cover the size of the wart and a bandage. Each night before you go to bed, take the piece of eggplant, cover the wart, and secure the eggplant covering with a bandage. Eventually, you may see that the wart peels off quite easily. If you apply the piece of eggplant over the wart every night, taking care to use a fresh piece of eggplant each time, expect to see results within two weeks.
Beauty Benefit #3- Regulate and Pamper Skin
Eggplant masks are regimens that beauty practitioners say are helpful especially to women with oily skin conditions. Make sure that you try this when you are not in too much of a hurry because, like most mask treatments, it is only effective if you leave it on your skin for about 20 minutes. Here is what you do:
Blend a large slice of eggplant (roughly, one-quarter of a small-sized eggplant) with its skin still on plus one cup of plain, unflavored yogurt in a blender. Spread it over your face. After 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.
Eggplant is also used to lighten age-spots, whether your skin is oily, average, or dry. Apply mashed eggplant pulp on your face and rinse with warm, not hot, water. Do this daily until you see some results.
Beauty Benefit #4 – Gently Treat Your Hair
Enzymes in the eggplant may help to stimulate hair follicles to more vibrant health. Eggplant may also help improve hair that has greasy buildup. Apply a chunk of fresh eggplant to your scalp and rub gently.