Most likely when you think of Gelatin you think of fun, colorful, jiggling desserts or the adult version- Jello shots. Maybe you have a few favorite desert recipes of your own that include this amazingly healthy ingredient. Ingesting Gelatin (or it’s counterpart Collagen) is beneficial for almost every area of your body, including hair, skin, nails, joints and digestion, but are you aware of all the other amazing things you can do with Gelatin?
6 Unusual But Awesome Uses for Gelatin!
Move over Biore, this is a much cheaper, more effective, and more natural way to get rid of bothersome blackheads, facial hair and dead skin cells. Rejuvenate your skin with your own natural spa treatment. For added health benefits throw in a scoop of Chlorella Powder for detoxification and relax in a warm magnesium salt bath for the full spa experience.
If you want thicker/stronger hair with added texture and volume, add a teaspoon of gelatin powder to your shampoo or treat it with a Gelatin Hair Mask! The small particles of protein found in Gelatin binds to and repairs damage hair follicles, leaving hair smooth and shiny. Print the sheet below for both the Gelatin Facial Mask and Hair Mask recipes.
- 1.5 tblsp Dairy product of choice (ex: kefir, yogurt, or milk.)
- 1 tblsp Grass Fed Bovine Gelatin
- 1-2 drops of Your favorite essential oil scent
- 1 tsp Chlorella Powder
- 1 tablespoon Grass Fed Bovine Gelatin
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Optional- 1-3 drops of essential oil
- Mix ingredients in a pot
- Heat on low heat for a few minutes until the gelatin has dissolved.
- Let cool to a comfortable warm temperature for your skin, but not cool enough that the Gelatin gels.
- Apply a thin layer on your face using a waxing stick, makeup brush or hands
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes. While drying the mask will tighten around the skin.
- Gently Peel off and wipe face with a moist towel
- Add water to a small saucepan.
- Slowly sprinkle gelatin into the water while continuously whisking to keep it from lumping.
- Warm the mixture on the stovetop until steaming, stirring often.
- Remove from stove when the mixture starts steaming.
- When the mixture has cooled down somewhat but still warm add in the honey, vinegar, and any other optional ingredients.
- Make sure the mixture is warm but comfortable to the touch. Massage into scalp and hair from the roots to the ends.
- Allow the mask to sit for 10-30 minutes.
- Rinse hair thoroughly and allow to air dry
- Experiment with how much you need. Shorter hair may need only half of what the recipe calls for, while very long, thick hair may need more. Do not use this treatment more than once a week. If you find your hair is dry and brittle add a natural conditioner after rinsing.
Some very smart people discovered that they could use Gelatin to clean their used cooking oil and reuse the oil. Brilliant! Read the article below to see how they do it.
Providing your pet with high quality Gelatin treats can help prevent or relief any issues associated with arthritis, hip dysplasia, dry skin and brittle nails, and has even been said to play a part in reducing canine epileptic seizures! Store bought Gelatin can contain harmful ingredients potentially toxic to dogs, so always use 100% natural Grass Fed Gelatin. Here are 3 great recipes that may not sound appetizing to you, but are healthy treats your furry friends will love!
Edible Plastic? Gelatin Décor? Huh? Yes! You can make “Gelatin Plastic” with the recipe below and use it to create beautiful Cake toppers, decorations, wedding centerpieces, window decorations or whatever your imagination sparks. Check out the links below for some inspirational ideas.
Feel confident that your littles will have a ton of fun stacking, squishing, mashing and mixing pre-made Gelatin. Enjoy that they can “accidentally” eat their goop and not get sick or filled with toxins. It’s actually good for them! Great for sensory exploration, shapes and colors tutorials, or just plain old fashioned messy fun. Check out some great ideas below!
*REMEMBER:Typical store bought Gelatin can be full of additives and there is a risk of added hormones, pesticides and heavy metal contamination. Always look for a Natural, Grass Fed Gelatin, even it if it not to be ingested.
Any other fun uses for Gelatin that we might have missed? Please share them in the comments below!