May 24, 2014

7 Surprising Uses for Yogurt

If you think that drinking and eating are the only uses for yogurt, read on to find out a few surprising things you can use yogurt for. Yogurt is actually a very healthy food, which is packed with vitamin D and protein as well as probiotics. Yogurt boasts plenty of health and beauty benefits so I think it’s always a good idea to keep it in your fridge. Without further ado, here are seven surprising uses for yogurt.

1. Great hair mask and conditioner

Did you know yogurt can be used as a hair conditioner? While yogurt is good for your skin, it’s also great for your scalp and hair. Yogurt helps to bring out your hair’s natural shine and make it soft and silky. You can use yogurt as a hair mask or in place of your conditioner. Take a plain, natural yogurt and spread it all over your hair. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. It will help soothe an inflamed scalp, reduce hair loss and can even help banish split ends.

2. Natural scrub

Yogurt is one of the best natural scrubs for your hands, feet and the whole body! Mix yogurt with oats or dried citrus peel, if you have, massage into your skin in a gentle, yet firm circular motion and rinse off with lukewarm or cold water. This natural scrub will leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated, and you can even use it after shaving.

3. Teeth whitening

If you are looking for a natural home remedy for whitening teeth, opt for yogurt. Teeth whitening treatments are rather expensive, so why spend your money on them if you can whiten your teeth at home? Rub some yogurt onto your teeth daily and within a couple of weeks, your teeth will be sparkly white. This is due to the phosphorous and calcium found in yogurt.

4. Relieve sunburn

Yogurt contains zinc, which helps soothe the burning and itchiness of the sunburn. Apply a thick layer of plain, cool yogurt directly to your burn and rinse it off with cold water after 20 minutes. You can also mix your favorite essential oil into yogurt before applying it on your sunburn. This will help to soothe the inflamed skin.

Read also – 7 Wonderful Foods That Will Give You Great Skin

5. Safe finger paint

If your children like to finger paint, consider making edible finger paint using plain yogurt and food coloring. Simply add a few drops of food coloring to the yogurt and get painting. Now you don’t have to worry about your kid accidentally eating paint.

6. Awesome facial

There are many ways to use natural yogurt on the skin. It’s a great moisturizer, it can help brighten the skin, get rid of dark circles under the eyes and it can even reduce the effects of aging. Moreover, yogurt helps fight pimples and acne. Mix yogurt, oats and honey to make a face mask or simply massage natural yogurt into your face and wash it off after 10 minutes.

7. Moss maker

If you have a sculpture, a wall or anything in your garden that looks a bit shabby, why not grow moss on it? Paint it all over with yogurt, but ensure that the thing you are going to make mossy is in a shaded place. This is one of the most unconventional uses for yogurt to try.

Now that you know these unconventional uses for yogurt, are you going to try any of them? Yogurt is healthy and versatile, and it’s amazing beauty product too. Just make sure you use plain, natural yogurt. Do you know any other uses for yogurt?

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