Arrowroot Powder is one of the most versatile products in the market today. It can be used in anything from cooking to all types of bath products, such as, soap, bath bombs, cosmetics,deodorants, lotions and even in cleaning products. The list of possibilities are endless. Below, we have 14 ways to use arrowroot powder. We hope you are able to be inspired to create some fun, and even some natural products to add to you line of products or even for just your personal use. Before we get started though, let’s talk a little about where Arrowroot Powder comes from and what exactly Arrowroot is.
14 Ways to Use Arrowroot Powder: How It’s Made
Maranta arundinacea, or more commonly known as arrowroot, dates back to more than 7,000 years ago, when this powder was first discovered as being used in food by the Caribbean Arawak people. This plant is native to tropical areas such as, western Brazil and Guyana. However, this multi functional root is cultivated in such countries such as, Australia, South Africa and the West Indies.
The powder itself comes from the rhizomes, or the roots, of the plant. The roots are first washed, and then cleaned of the paper-like scales. The scales must be carefully removed before extracting the starch because they impart a disagreeable flavor. Once the scales are completely removed, the roots are washed again, drained and reduced to a pulp by beating them in mortars or grinding them with a wheel rasp. The milky liquid that is obtained is then passed through a coarse cloth. The pure starch, which is insoluble, is allowed to settle at the bottom. The wet starch is then dried in the sun or in a drying house. The result is a starchy powder, ready to be packed in airtight containers and shipped.
14 Ways to Use Arrowroot Powder: Arrowroot Uses
Arrowroot Powder can be used in everything from cooking, cosmetics to even medicinal uses. Arrowroot is starchy and makes a wonderful natural, thickening alternative to flour or cornstarch. This powder is fat free, gluten free, and low in salt. You can treat sunburns, blemishes and rashes with arrowroot. When used in cosmetics, bath and body products, it works as a thickening agent. It is also good at absorbing moisture and aids in keeping your skin dry.
Our first recipe using arrowroot is our Pink Lemonade Scrub. Scrubs are incredibly popular nowadays. Salt or sugar, pumice or black walnut hulls, scrubs are an easy way to help slough away dead skin cells without being harsh on your skin. This recipe is not only fresh and colorful, it’s full of skin softening ingredients. Sugar is the main ingredient and we all generally have sugar in our house. Cocoa butter, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E and Arrowroot Powder are just a few. The scent inspiration for this scrub was our Raspberry Lemonade fragrance oil that smells true to its name. Tart lemons, raspberries and sugar.
Another skin care product that is all the rage these days is charcoal. Charcoal is awesomely natural at detoxifying and exfoliating the skin. There are so many products out in the market using charcoal in masks, nose strips and scrubs, but it’s easy to make your own! Our Activated Charcoal Scrub is a definite in the natural department. The skin loving ingredients include, shea and mango butter, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, activated charcoal and of course, arrowroot powder to help bind it all together. We chose our Black Linen & Amber fragrance oil. This scent is a unisex blend of crisp cotton, white blossoms with undertones of musk, amber and patchouli. A very deep, sexy fragrance.
I love shaving soap. It lasts so much longer than the shaving cream you get in a can. It is super easy to make and with 3 bars, you will have shaving soap for a while. This Shaving Soap For Sensitive Skin uses our Shea Butter Melt and Pour soap. There are no detergents or SLS in this soap which makes it perfect for those that have skin that will easily break out. We used arrowroot powder that will help leave your skin soft, smooth and hydrated. We used a simple fragrance oil for this soap. Our Natural Vanilla Infusion (35 fold) oil. Smells yummy and natural. Perfect for such a simple recipe.
Our next recipe is a sugar scrub that uses brown sugar instead of the usual white sugar. No matter! You get the same exfoliating benefits with this Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub just the same as you would with the white. We have used Shea and cocoa butters, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed and Coconut Oil, and some Vitamin E. We used our arrowroot powder to help give this scrub a thickened consistency, but my favorite part is the Vanilla Powder that we used. This powder is the yummiest smelling vanilla you can have! To double the vanilla impact, we chose our Vanilla Extract fragrance oil that smells exactly like the kind used in baking. Crisp, vanilla with a soft touch of tang to it.
Did you know milk is actually good for your skin? Not just for drinking, but for soaking in? It softens, hydrates, and can soothe irritated skin. This Fizzy Milk Bath is perfect to soak in after a long, hard day at work. We have combined powdered milk, arrowroot powder, baking soda, and citric acid (for the fizz). In addition, we have added chamomile flowers and lavender flowers. Their fragrance is very calming and relaxing to the soul. The fragrance oil we chose is a popular one here at Nature’s Garden. NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type. A soft, fruity sweet fragrance that is a duplication of Burt’s Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion.
Our Play Dough Soap recipe is a definite must for the kids, and they can even help you make it! We used our Diamond Clear melt and pour soap base, vegetable glycerin (which helps make the soap more pliable and workable) arrowroot powder to help as a binder and of course our FUN Soap colorants. You can use any color you wish! The fragrance oil we chose was our Doodle Bug fragrance oil. A fun, fresh scent of orange, peach, cream soda, bubblegum and a touch of vanilla! Smells just like a child should smell like!
Powder is an excellent way to help absorb moisture and to protect the skin from rashes and irritation. Babies especially! Their bottoms are at a constant risk of wetness and irritation. A sprinkle of our Natural Baby Powder is the perfect preventative solution to this. Using simple, natural ingredients is all it takes to make powder. Arrowroot, Lavender Powder,and Chamomile Powder is the perfect protection for your baby’s bottom. With a touch of our Baby Powder fragrance oil, they will be smelling fresh, sweet and clean! Not only that, but the scent of lavender and chamomile are calming in themselves. A nice way to add a bit of aromatherapy to the equation!
These fun Watermelon Emulsified Sugar Scrubs are perfect for the summer time! We chose to color these sugar scrubs naturally with Beet Root Powder and Spinach Leaf Powder. Both powders are not only perfect for natural coloring, but they have skin healthy properties also. and since we used our Watermelon Fragrance Oil, they will smell good enough to eat! We suggest you don’t though. This scrub may have sugar in it, but it’s still not edible. We have used some moisture rich ingredients such as Cocoa and Shea butter, Apricot Oil, Jojoba and Vitamin E, our Arrowroot Powder to help thicken up the whole thing.
Making your own cosmetics is not as hard as you think it can be. Most times, we think that there are just certain things you have to buy in stores. In reality, the makeup we buy is usually made with things that are easily obtainable. Our Natural Beet Blush is a perfect example. This recipe is made with 4 simple, all natural ingredients! Beet Root powder, arrowroot, vegetable glycerin and a touch of Diamond Dust for sparkle. Not only do you have a makeup that you can proudly say you made yourself, but a makeup that is skin-safe, but also economical in the long run.
Here’s a nice and light Natural Lavender Vanilla Powder that is incredibly quick and easy to make. Made with 3 ingredients, Vanilla Powder (the yummiest smell in the world!), arrowroot powder and Lavender 40/42 essential oil. Whip some powder up and use it anytime you want to feel fresh and dry. Arrowroot is a perfect for moisture absorption and you will be smelling sweet from the vanilla powder and lavender.
Lotion can seem like an intimidating thing to try and make. However, our Rose Lotion is very easy to make and the end product is a luxurious, smooth and creamy lotion that absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feel soft and moisturized. This recipe incorporates, cocoa butter, vitamin E, meadowfoam seed oil and coconut oil. Those are just a few, and they are amazing for your skin! Of course we have used arrowroot powder to help thicken it all up to help give it that thick and rich consistency! We also have used an infused rose water to give this lotion a little extra moisturizing component and fragrance. We used our very popular Fresh Cut Roses fragrance oil to put this lotion over the top.
This Vanilla Rose Sugar Scrub would be a wonderful companion to our above recipe, Rose Lotion. Made with an infused rose oil, cocoa butter, apricot oil, sweet almond oil and of course, sugar, to just name a few of the ingredients! We also incorporated Arrowroot Powder to help give it a thick, emulsified consistency. We used our Fresh Cut Roses fragrance oil and our Vanilla Bean Fragrance oil to give this scrub a sweet, yet fresh scent. Your skin will feel super soft, silky and moisturized with just one use.
I know we all love natural products. Whether we use them on or bodies, consume them or even use them in our homes. We have a wonderful recipe for a Natural Window Cleaner that believe it or not, uses arrowroot powder. I told you this stuff can be used in anything! Quick, simple and definitely economical. Three words everybody loves to hear! This recipe is made with vinegar which helps with the removal of dirt and the arrowroot powder that gives your windows an incredible shine! Unlike all of our other recipes, we do suggest not adding fragrance oil.
These Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies are a fun, sweet smelling way to bribe your kids to take a bath! Made like most of your bath bombs, bath fizzies use baking soda and citric acid. We also used some dead sea salt and Arrowroot powder that helps bind everything together. All these ingredients combined will leave your skin soft and smooth. Our fragrance oil is what inspired this recipe. Raspberry Zinger fragrance oil smells just like the Hostess Raspberry Cream Filled Zinger! Raspberries, buttercream and a touch of coconut. Mmmmm! Yummy and sweet!
That’s the end,14 Ways To Use Arrowroot Powder! This is a wonderfully, economical way to help give your soaps, lotions, household cleaners and powders an excellent added benefit! From thickening up a lotion, to binding together and absorbing moisture, this starchy, fine powder is a wonderful tool to utilize in the bath and body world! We hope you enjoyed reading about this powder and the ways that it can be used to create some fun, easy and practical products for use in everyday life!