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Benefits of Rice

Rice has been a staple food throughout the world since the last 10,000 years. It’s the main diet throughout the day, especially in Southern states of India. From being a versatile ingredient in every delicious recipe to being a marvelous friend of skin and hair, this tiny fellow never disappoints us. Let’s dive into more of the information on it.

Rice
Rice

Origin of Rice: –

The oldest species of rice is Oryza sativa. It comes with two main subspecies: Indica and Japonica. Many Archaeologists believe that the cultivation of rice began in South-Central China. It was cultivated on the banks of Yangtze River for the first time. When we talk about India, it is believed that the cultivation of Rice began in the Ganges River valley. Other than that, there are two theories pointing towards the origin of Rice, Indica and Japonica. It proposes that these two species of rice are domesticated separately in different parts of Asia.

Nutritious ingredients of Rice: –

⦁ Carbohydrate
⦁ Fiber
⦁ Folic Acid
⦁ Vitamin B
⦁ Potassium
⦁ Magnesium
⦁ Selenium
⦁ Iron
⦁ Zinc

Did you know?

All white rice is brown at first. Before turning white, they have a layer of Hull or husk over them. White rice are same as brown rice, just that they are without the outer protective layer.

To sum up the main information about Bananas,

Botanical Name: Oryza sativa
Plant Type: Herbaceous plant
Grows in which soil: alkaline to acidic soil; silts, loams and gravel.
Blooming time: Mid September- November (Spring, Winter)
Colour of flowers: Cream, Yellow, Red, Pink
Sun exposure time: Full sun
pH of soil: 5.5 to 6.5 (Alkaline to acidic soil)

Facts about Rice you didn’t know: –

Oldest food ever- According to archaeologists, rice dates back to around 5000 BC. It makes them quite the oldest staple food that we consume.
Who produces 90% of Rice? – Asia produces almost 90% of total rice production in the world. The biggest chunk of Rice consumed is also by Asia.
National Rice Month– Since September is the sowing month of rice, this is the month which gets celebrated as one. It goes on the entire month of September. Over 40,000 species of rice are present all over the world. They are present in every continent except Antarctica.
Asian Rice or African Rice- Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza Guaderrama (African rice) are two different species of rice grown over two different continents.

Holding The Great Wall of China

When sticky rice is mixed with slaked lime, it transforms into an inorganic-organic composite mortar. It is a lot stronger than lime mortar. Not just the strength, this mixture is more water resistant than lime mortar. It constitutes better durability of tombs and city walls.
Name on a rice grain– When you hear for the first time, it seems a little unlikely to happen. There are jewelers who can carve your name on a rice grain. It’s the Rice paddy art. The grain stores in a glass container and use to make pendants. Many street shops sell this kind of art.
Lasts for years– Grains of white rice, if uncooked, can stay fresh for at least between 10 to 30 years. Although, in the case of brown rice, the shelf life is just three to six months. It happens because the brown coating gets oxidised pretty soon.
Poisonous Rice– If you don’t store rice properly, it can poison you. Cooked rice shouldn’t be left at room temperature, it will lead to food poisoning. Although there is one way out of it. You can easily heat the cooked rice but only after you store it in the fridge. If you reheat the rice you left at room temperature it will have adverse effects on your health.
All over the continents- Did you know that there is not a single continent where rice is not cultivated except Antarctica? Rice produces very high yield, which makes it the perfect crop for mass consumption.

Miraculous effect of Rice on hair & skin:-

Rice is the one ingredient which is common in almost all haircare and skincare regimen. It works wonders for dead & dull skin. It keeps the skin soft and supple. It keeps the hair long, shiny and lustrous. Let’s dig into a few of the DIYs which give excellent results for your suitable skin type.

Rice face scrub for dead skin

That dead outer layer on skin is the only obstruction behind your natural beauty. You need to scrub it off.
Ingredients:-
⦁ Rice flour (3 tbsp)
⦁ Milk (2 tbsp)
⦁ Soft facepack brush

Method:-
⦁ Take rice flour and milk in a bowl. Mix them in an even consistency.
⦁ Dip the brush into the mixture. Use it to apply the scrub on your face. But cleanse your face first, before doing it.
⦁ Leave it on your face for just 2 minutes.
⦁ Scrub your face with gentle hands after two minutes. Make sure not to rub the face harshly. Use gentle touch of your hands.
⦁ Scrub for around 2-3 minutes
⦁ Wash it off, preferably with lukewarm water. If not available, use regular tap water.

Rice DIY
Rice DIY

⦁ Rice flour, besan and rose water

It works wonders for tanned skin. It removes the dead skin wonderfully and gives instantly glowing skin.
Ingredients:-
⦁ Rice flour (2 tbsp)
⦁ Besan (2 tbsp)
⦁ Rose water (3 tbsp)

You can change the quantity accordingly. It will alter the consistency of the facepack, use it according to your convenience.

Method:-
⦁ Mix all the three ingredients together. Make a consistent facepack.
⦁ Use a brush to apply it and leave it on for around 15-20 minutes.
⦁ When the skin starts to tighten, gently remove it with a cotton pad or hands. It will do thorough exfoliation on your skin.
⦁ You can use water as well. But make sure to avoid hot water. It will damage the skin cells adversely.

⦁ Rice water for hair care

The starchy water you see after rice cooks, is the magic tonic behind healthy hairs. It comprises amino acids, vitamin E, vitamin B, antioxidants etc. All this results in shiny hairs and leads to faster growth.

Ingredients:-
⦁ Water left after cooked rice
⦁ Glass jar

Method:-
⦁ Keep the remaining water after cooking into a jar and refrigerate it.
⦁ Leave it for fermentation for around 24-48 hours.
⦁ Take it out after 48 hours.
⦁ Shampoo your hair like you normally do.
⦁ After rinsing them off with regular water, dip them or spray the rice water over them.
⦁ Leave it on for around 30 minutes.
⦁ Then rinse off with regular water. You’ll feel the smoothness on your hairs afterwards.

Rice cultivation:-

In India, the following rice farming methods are present.

1. Method of broadcasting: Seeds are broadcast by hand. This strategy is used in locations that are somewhat arid and less fertile, and where there is a scarcity of labor to work in the fields. It is the simplest approach with the least amount of input, but the yields are also the smallest.

2. Drilling technique: Two people plough the land and plant the seeds. Peninsular India is the only place where this approach is present.

3. Method of transplantation:
This strategy is used in locations with fertile soil, abundant rainfall, and a large labour pool. To begin, seeds are sowed and seedlings are prepared in a nursery. The seedlings are uprooted and put in the field after 4-5 weeks.

4.Japanese approach: This method involves using high producing seed kinds, sowing seeds on a raised nursery bed, and transplanting seedlings in rows to make weeding and fertilising easier. It also entails the application of a large amount of fertilizer in order to get extremely high yields. In India’s key rice-producing regions, the Japanese rice-growing system has been successfully adopted.

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