Usage of Spices in Cosmetics,
Aromatherapy and Perfumery
The sense of smell is one that leaves the longest impression for human beings.
Aromatherapy uses essential oil distilled from spices and herbs. A few
drops of these oils invokes certain feelings, be it relaxation or sensual.
They also have healing properties for some common illnesses.
Perfumes are categorized as being floral, musky, citrusy or spicy,
depending on the extract of the ingredients used in them. I was given
once a perfume made of black pepper from Sarawak (a Malaysian state in Borneo).
I loved it!
In cosmetics and body care, body
scrub can be made with ground ginger and turmeric. You can raid your kitchen to
make a facial mask by mixing turmeric powder, egg white and honey. A traditional
spa is not complete without steaming your body with spiced water and soaking in
sweet smelling milk added with spices. What a terrific indulgence!
All in all, usage of spices is everywhere. Life is definitely full
of surprises and also spices.
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