What Is Arrowroot Powder?
They contain about 23% starch. Before extracting the starch, they are washed and the scales are removed to avoid any disagreeable flavor. The roots are washed, drained, and reduced to a pulp by beating them in mortars. This milky liquid is passed through a coarse cloth and the insoluble, pure starch is allowed to settle at the bottom. This starch is dried in the sun or “drying house”, resulting in the formation of arrowroot powder. This powder is fine, clear white, and odorless, and is used as a thickening agent in food industries.
Arrowroot Skin Benefits:
Arrowroot is a great herbal remedy for treating various skin problems. It can be beneficial for your skin in the following ways.
1. Treatment Of Small Pox And Gangrene:
Arrowroot is an herbal treatment for small pox and gangrene that can cause skin infection and itchiness.
2. Baby Powder:
In South America, arrowroot starch is used as a baby powder. It is a lightweight, white powder, which, when applied to the skin, gives a soft and smooth feel.
3. Used In Moisturizers And Talcum Powders:
Arrowroot starch is used in talcum powders and moisturizers as a thickening agent. When used in cosmetics, it enables active ingredients to penetrate the upper levels of your skin as it has great moisture-absorbing qualities. Arrowroot is often used in body powders to make your skin silkier and smoother. It softens your skin by enabling it to absorb moisture.
4. Treatment Of Skin Problems:
Arrowroot powder is light, soft and absorbent. It is used in making body powders. When applied topically, it helps dry blemishes, rashes or other sores, or wounds.
5. Treatment Of Athlete’s Foot:
Arrowroot is used to control moisture while dealing with foot problems such as athlete’s foot. Since it does not possess antifungal properties, it is used for moisture control only.
6. Healing Qualities:
Arrowroot has great healing qualities. It is made into a poultice and applied topically to treat rhizomes, ulcers and wounds. In Africa, it is used as a source of nourishment and for treatment of sunburns.
Arrowroot Hair Benefits:
Arrowroot is widely used in cosmetic products as a thickening agent. Though not much is known about its benefits for hair, its nutritional value does make it beneficial in hair care.
7. Used In Hair Dyes:
Due to its excellent thickening properties and ability to mix with other ingredients, arrowroot is often used in hair dyes.