There are various ways people choose to prepare their rice around the world but the most popular practice seems to involve separating the rice from it's starchy residue, either before or during cooking.
Thus far, that starchy/milky water has either always been viewed as waste or perhaps a remedy for constipation but it turns out it could also give you longer, thicker hair.
The water is believed to contain vitamins and nutrients such as magnesium, folic acid, niacin and vitamin B, C and E among others. It is also said to help improve the elasticity of hair.
The discovery of the water's properties is believed to have been made by Asian village women and imperial princesses in ancient times and can currently be observed in practice among the Yao minority ethnic women from Huangluo Village, in Guangxi Province, in southern China.
This is because, according to The Epoch Times, these women believe that "having long hair is an auspicious sign of good health, good fortune, and longevity, and they cut their hair only once, when they are old enough to get married."
As a result of this treatment, these women's hair also remains black well into their 80's.
The rice water also reportedly works wonders for skin as it is said to soften, improve complexion, firm skin and reducing the size of pores. The nutrients in the rice water help to heal scars and reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and inflammation, leaving the skin with a healthy glow.
How to make fermented rice water?
First thing's first - you need to stop throwing out the water whenever you rinse the rice you cook. Find a designated container and keep it. If you don't cook at all, befriend some restaurant staff and come up with an arrangement in which they collect it for you.
Then, leave the rice water either in the same container or a pot and keep it at room temperature for a day or until it turns slightly sour and starts to ferment. Once it does, boil the fermented rice water over high heat to stop the fermentation process. Turn off the heat and wait for the rice water to cool down before adding two to three drops of tea tree essential oil (or any other essential oil of your choice).
How to wash hair with fermented rice water?
Put a small amount in a small container, bend over into a basin/the bathtub and pour it on your scalp until your entire scalp is completely wet and massage it through.
Leave it in for fifteen to thirty minutes and rinse it out with more rice water.
Add conditioner to the hair and rinse that out after twenty minutes.
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