We at Natures Garden have many herbs wholesale that you can include in your homemade cosmetic products. However, there are very few herbs that are as nourishing as the Spirulina Powder. This wonderful algae is full of all kinds of vitamins and minerals that the body needs to be its best. In fact, some people have been referring to this super food as the “food of the future”. Spirulina has gained this nickname for a few important reasons. These reasons include being fast and easy to grow as well as having high amounts of essential nutrients for the body. These nutrients are key to making this an amazing herb for the entire body. So, we will use this blog to explore some of the uses and benefits of Spirulina as well as share with you how to use Spirulina Powder in your own natural herbal cosmetics.
How to Use Spirulina Powder: Growing Conditions
Spirulina can be found growing in the lakes and ponds of Africa, Central America and South America. This algae prefers these warm lakes and their alkaline water conditions, around a pH range of 8-11. So, you won’t ever find Spirulina growing sea water. Also, it needs to have an abundance of sunlight and mineral rich water. Both the sun light and minerals are used by Spirulina as food sources. Then, the algae uses these to create all the beneficial properties that make it so loved. Further, Spirulina is able to grow in conditions that many other algae can not. In fact, some dessert populations of Spirulina can survive if their pond evaporates, as they can remain dormant on rocks until the water returns.
Also, you can recreate some of the conditions that Spirulina needs to thrive so you can grow some at home! If you wanted to grow this algae on your own, you just need a few supplies. It is said to be about the same level of maintenance as caring for fish. So, you will need a fish tank, sunlight, a few mineral salts for food, and some simple equipment. If you would like to know some specifics on growing this super food, then take a look at a great resource we found at the end of this blog. They go over the basics of growing this algae at home and have even more information for anyone that runs into problems.
How to Use Spirulina Powder: Industrial Uses
Often, this specific algae is used in industries to nourish the body in some way. Whether Spirulina is used on the inside or outside of the body, its abundance of vitamins and minerals are fantastic for the body. In fact, this algae contains essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. The Spirulina nutrients include Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins, Vitamin F, several amino acids, biotin, calcium, potassium, iron and so much more.
How to Use Spirulina Powder: Foods and Beverages
Today, Spirulina is often sold to make people healthier. You can find this algae in health food stores as a supplement to your normal diet. Also, many people use Spirulina to add to smoothies or other healthy foods. These are both done to increase the amount of nutrients that you are getting with typical healthy eating. These nutrients include high levels of protein, various vitamins, and many essential minerals.
However, this super food is actually only a rediscovered gem and not some new health discovery. In fact, Spirulina is a crop that was farmed by some ancient civilizations, but it had gotten lost somewhere in history. There is historical evidence that Aztecs were using Spirulina as a major food source in the 16th century. It is thought to have been harvested in Lake Texcoco and made into cakes, as a Spanish conquistador named Hernan Cortez had observed the native people harvesting and consuming it. He even tried some of the algae and noted that it had the “flavor of cheese”. Although this practice had disappeared from culture for a time, we are rediscovering its properties and finding new uses. Since this crop is nutritious and easy to cultivate, organizations like the United Nations promote its production in developing countries to help alleviate world hunger.
How to Use Spirulina Powder: Bath and Body Products
Not only is Spirulina great for nutrition, but it can provide your skin and hair with some wonderful benefits, too. First, the vitamins in this cosmetic powder are known to help tone the skin to create a brighter complexion and can even reduce dark circles. Also, this cosmetic herb is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This can be useful for reducing rashes, acne, or eczema. Plus, this cosmetic supply is thought to nourish the follicles with essential minerals, reduce hair loss, and promote healthy growth. Also, this can be useful for reducing dandruff with its high levels of antioxidants.
Not only will this herb provide your products with amazing properties for the skin and hair, but it is a great natural colorant. So, this would be perfect to include with other natural cosmetic ingredients or natural soap making supplies. You would have both a gorgeous, natural color and a plethora of fantastic properties for your whole body.
This is one of the best natural cosmetic ingredients for cosmetic bath and body recipes. In fact, we have uses this powdered herb in our Castile Hot Process Soap Recipe. This recipe uses Spirulina Powder along with skin loving oils. This allows you to create a natural cold process soap recipe that moisturizes and nourishes your skin. Although our recipe includes soap colorant, you can remove it. This will leave you with just the beautiful natural hue of Spirulina Powder.
We included this wonderful herb in a few of our other cosmetic recipes. The Seaside Spa Scrub Recipe is a great recipe for exfoliation and rejuvenation. First, the Dead Sea Salt will work to remove dead skin. Then, the natural herbs will nourish the new skin underneath. Also, you can incorporate this nutritious herb into a blend that is perfect for facials. The blend of herbs and essential oils in our Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe creates a recipe that nourishes and detoxifies your skin. This face mask is sure to make your face feel healthy and look stunning!
How to Use Spirulina Powder: Medicinal
Many people consume Spirulina for its abundance of health benefits. Due to this algae’s high levels of essential nutrients, you can use this as a boost to get your body working its best. People have found that you can use this herb to reduce or solve many different ailments.
The nutrients in Spriulina have been known to reduce the side effects of many issues. Also, the anti-inflammatory properties have been found to be useful for many things, like reducing the pain of arthritis. Additionally, you can use this supplement to improve digestive health. Spirulina has been found to promote healthy gut bacteria while reducing the growth of bad bacteria. So, this algae should be able to protect you from E. coli or Candida yeast. So, your body’s ability to absorb nutrients will improve. Plus, trials have shown Spirulina to be effective against sinus issues. Properties in this algae are useful for reducing symptoms of allergic rhinitis, which includes itching, sneezing, and a runny nose.
Further, the effects of Spirulina are useful for taking preventative measures against diseases. One benefit of this algae is improving heart health. Research has found that Spirulina can lower your chance of a stroke, reduce high cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. Plus, it is said that this super food is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your body. In fact, a medical study had suggested that this algae improves the immune system well enough to reduce susceptibility to some chronic illnesses and even cancer. Also, Spirulina reduces triglyceride build up and inflammation in the liver, which protects you from liver failure or cirrhosis.
How to Use Spirulina Powder: Other Uses
There are many ways that Spirulina can help you get healthier. You can see the benefits in this herb both in and out of the body. You have already seen many of the benefits from Spirulina, but here are a few more benefits you may enjoy.
Some people like to use this supplement to aid in weight loss. Spirulina would be useful for losing weight because it enhances fat burning while helping you feel full. It helps you burn fat as it is protein-rich and requires more energy to process. So, you can add Spirulina to a protein shake or your weight loss plan. Also, Spirulina has been used to boost energy levels. Your lack of energy could be due to your body not getting the fuel it needs. So, you can add this algae to give your body the wake up call it needs to perform its best! Plus, it is thought that the metabolism boost from Spirulina helps your body to use stored energy. So, you can add Spirulina to your food or a smoothie to add some extra goodness to your body!
How to Use Spirulina Powder: Farming and Home Grown Spirulina
Farming algae is an environmentally friendly, quick growing, and healthy alternative to many other farms. In fact, using the same amount of farming space it can produce way more protein than soybeans, corn, or beef. Specifically, you can see that Spirulina is only of the most used and loved algae. Much of this algae’s success is due to its safe agricultural history, simplicity in farming, supporting health research, global market, and low cost to begin farming. If you’d like to learn more about the algae farming industry, then check out Spirulina Source’s article on Why Microfarms Are Emerging.
Not only is Spirulina popular in the farming industry, but many people are tying to grow it at home too! As promised, we have a great resource that will help you learn how to grow and harvest Spirulina in your own home. The article by Spirulina Academy is called Grow Spirulina at Home and it is useful for helping you get started on growing some nutritious Spirulina. Plus, they even have courses to help you avoid common mistakes and an easy to follow recipe to create the medium. So, you can easily grow this algae right at home!
We hope that you enjoyed learning a bit more about the benefits of Spirulina Powder and why you should add it to your natural cosmetic supplies. If you want to find more other wonderful herbs to mix with Spirulina Powder, then check out our Herbs and Spices page. Also, we are available to answer any questions that you may have about your bath and body recipes. You can reach out to us in the NG store, on the phone, or on social media. We have a Facebook page as well as both Twitter and Instagram accounts (@ngscents). Even if you don’t have questions, we’d love to hear from you! You could share your opinion on Spirulina or tell us about your herbal recipes. Hope to hear from you soon!
How to Use Spirulina Powder: Reminder About Our Herbs
Note: Natures Garden sells our herbs for external use only. We do not sell Spirulina Powder as a food item. The information we provide in this blog is only for educational purposes. We do not intend to use this information to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any diseases. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated this information. Keep all herbs away from the reach of children and pets. If you are a pregnant and/or lactating women, then take special care when handling any of our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any of the products you make with our cosmetic herbs. The customers have all of the testing responsibility for creating their herbal products.