Ground black pepper is one of the most commonly used spice and seasoning on the planet. Definitely, it can make you sneeze. But did you know that ground black pepper can also make you a traffic-stopper?
Thanks to the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of ground black pepper, you may count on it as a very cheap yet highly effective replacement for some of today’s most expensive beauty products. From drying up pimples to adding volume to hair, ground black pepper can certainly deliver.
Actually, black pepper — ground and whole alike — is used traditionally for dealing with a variety of health problems, from the common cold to mild cases of depression. Aside from being taken internally, black pepper may also be applied topically for relief of joint swelling, muscle pain, inflamed gums and toothache.
Ready to be surprised? Read on to know some of the beauty benefits offered by ground black pepper!
Excess dead skin cells can make your complexion look dull. Once or twice a week, you should gently exfoliate your skin so that you may attain a glowing complexion. One of the easiest ways to do this without spending a lot of cash is by whipping up an exfoliating solution made of ground black pepper and plain yogurt.
For every tablespoon of plain yogurt, add half a teaspoon of ground black pepper. Gently massage the mixture on your face with your fingers, using small circular strokes. Careful not to get any of it in your eyes or nose! After a couple of minutes, thoroughly wash off the mixture with water.
The same mixture of ground black pepper and plain yogurt may be used to keep your skin free of wrinkles. Just like what’s mentioned earlier, black pepper has antioxidant properties. It’s exactly for this reason why it can help keep your skin looking young — antioxidants fight off excess free radicals that damage healthy cells of your skin.
When using the mixture of ground black pepper and plain yogurt as an anti-aging solution, however, refrain from rubbing it against your face. Too much exfoliation is not a good thing — once or twice a week is enough. Carefully apply the anti-aging mixture on your face, leave it there for about 20 minutes and rinse with water.
Dried Up Pimples and Acne
Combining equal amounts of ground black pepper and rose water allows you to come up with something that can heal pimples and acne in no time. Just like black pepper, rose water possesses superb anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The combination of the two results in a stellar zit and acne treatment.
All you have to do is daub the said mixture on your pimples on a regular basis. Do the same on acne. Leave it there for a few minutes in order to give both ground black pepper and rose water plenty of time to do their job. However, if you feel a stinging sensation, rush to the sink and wash it off thoroughly with water.
If you are looking for an all-natural way to get rid of dandruff, look no further. You can say bye-bye to your scalp issue with the help of a little ground black pepper. You will have to combine half a teaspoon of this popular herb and seasoning to a cup of curd, though some people go for plain yogurt.
Apply the mixture on your scalp and leave it there for half an hour. If you want, you may also put on a shower cap. Afterwards, rinse it off with water thoroughly. Refrain from shampooing your hair in order to let the residue zap your dandruff further. Shampoo and condition your hair the following day.
A lot of women swear by the effectiveness of ground black pepper and lemon seeds in making their hair thick and shiny. If you want to try this cheap home remedy for limp hair, you will have to turn lemon seeds into powder. A food processor or coffee grinder will do the job.
Combine equal amounts of ground black pepper and ground lemon seeds — it’s going to end up as paste-like because of the juices from the lemon seeds. Shampoo your hair, rinse off, and massage the mixture of black pepper and lemon seeds into your mane. After 15 minutes, thoroughly rinse off with cold water.