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!


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!