We all know how beneficial it is for us to include fresh vegetables in our diet, and a big salad with lots of colorful ingredients is a good way to ingest loads of healthy vitamins and minerals at once. But the next time you’re shopping for salad ingredients, pick up some extra veggies for your health—carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and radishes all have topical and aromatherapy benefits that don’t require the use of a bowl and fork.
Tomatoes are thought to be one of the world’s healthiest foods. They have a high level of antioxidants, which help promote heart health and bone health and help fight cancer. Used in skincare products, tomatoes are clinically proven to fight acne and other skin irrtations. Always try to avoid sunburn, but if you get one, try dousing the affected area with fresh tomato juice.
Radishes have disinfectant properties, so skincare products that contain radishes help clear up dry skin and rashes. Try using smashed raw radishes as a face cleanser or mask. Fresh radish juice applied to your hair and scalp can help clear up dandruff, add shine, and improve hair’s overall texture.
Carrots are chock-full of vitamins and minerals that can help reduce cholesterol, ward off heart attacks, improve vision, and reduce the signs of aging. In aromatherapy, carrot seed essential oil is fresh and uplifting, used for stress/anxiety relief. The oil, applied topically, can help prevent wrinkles and relieve muscle aches. Fresh carrot can help remove buildup on hair to help it look and feel cleaner and healthier; just rub grated/shredded carrot into your hair, let set for 15 minutes, then rinse it out. (Rinse thoroughly to make sure you find all the little pieces!)
Cucumbers are mostly water, which means they’re good for staying hydrated, inside and out. Their cooling quality helps calm inflammation, which is why fresh cucumber slices placed over the eyes can help reduce puffiness and redness; you can also apply fresh cucumber juice to your face as a cooling toner. Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth can also help combat bad breath. In aromatherapy, the scent of cucumbers is uplifting and refreshing, perfect for finding the energy you need to start the day. That’s why Level Naturals included cucumber in their new Organic Methol + Cucumber Shower Bomb that’s in the winter Yuzen box. The menthol helps open up your sinuses so the refreshing cucumber scent can get right to work. Find more of Level Natural’s products at www.levelnaturals.com.