I took 5 extra minutes out of my morning to start fermenting rice to make rice water. Not only is rice a staple food for almost half of the world’s population, rice is also an important beautifying ingredient. For centuries, women have used rice water to beautify their face, body, and hair. Rice water has amazing hair and skin benefits. Rice water has inositol, a carbohydrate that can repair damaged hair as well as protect it from damage. The amino acids in the rice water strengthen the hair roots, add volume and sheen, and make hair silky smooth. And apparently also help prevent and fight greys!
Rice Water also has many skin benefits. Due to its cooling and soothing effects on skin, it’s often prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners as an effective ointment to cool off inflamed skin. Rice water is moisturizing and healing, it’s known to improve circulation, and it prevents or fades age spots.
- 1/2 cup uncooked rice (whatever kind you have)
- 2 cups water
- Rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities.
- Place the rice in a bowl and cover it with water. Let the rice soak for 10-15 minutes. Swirl it around until the water turns cloudy. This helps the vitamins and minerals seep into the water.
- Strain out the rice water into a clean bowl. Now you have rice water!
- TO FERMENT (enhances benefits), leave the water at room temp for a day or until it turns slightly sour (fermented!).
- Boil the fermented rice water to stop the fermenting process. Turn off the heat and let it cool.
VOILA! Amazing fermented RICE WATER!