I love beetroot in salad, and suprisingly so do my kids so I always have a packet in the fridge. I did try growing it once (fairly successfully, but not in the quantities we eat it in this household!) but it does take a while to cook, so sorry, I tend to just buy it – organic if possible.

beetrootI’ve used it slyly in cakes (gives a nice pink tinge) and to colour icing for my 6-year-old, pink-obsessed daughter, and have even used it as a lip tint, but here’s something maybe you didn’t know – beetroot is an age-old natural beauty ingredient.

It’s all down to the vibrant dye it produces and the fact that it’s packed full of antioxydants.

 

 

Here’s a great article from the UK’s Daily Mail in which the journalist tests out a variety of beetroot-based natural beauty recipes and gives them a mark out of 5.

The Daily Mail tester tries out a bit of beetorrot

The Daily Mail tester tries out a bit of beetroot

From masks to a supposed cellulite cure, from a cheek and lip tint to a lip scrub, find out which recipes got top marks and which ones failed the test!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3133773/The-DIY-beetroot-beauty-boosts-turn-face-masks-lipsticks-cellulite-buster.html

The lip and cheek tint is similar to one in Josephine Fairley’s The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book. She also has a recipe for a think pink lip tint, as follows:

2 tbsp sweet almond oil

10g (1/2 oz) beeswax

1 tbsp beetroot juice* (or less for a paler colour)

4 drops peppermint essential oil

*You need to grate cooked beetroot to extract the juice

Heat the oil and the beeswax in a double boiler (or in a small bowl in a saucepan of simmering water). Remove from heat and gradually add the beetroot juice until you get the desired colour. Whisk very well with a fork or a mini-whisk. Add the peppermint essential oil, whisk again then transfer to a small sterilised pot.

So many reasons to make beetroot your veg of the month!

 

 

 

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