Skincare

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Healing and rejuvenating with rice water.

Facial masks often find any cosmetic stores in these day. There are popular ingredients such as aloe, cucumber, lemon, honey, floral and RICE. 

Originating in Asian cultures, rice water is a natural cleansing option for washing your face. Rice is known for a rich source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that fights aging and free radical damage, and linoleic acids. Linoleic acid is in the fatty acid family, which is essential for healthy skin. It has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, softening skin and making it supple. It also provides healing support to skin cell regeneration, making it a potent acne-fighter.

Wellness products

Rice is known for promoting cell growth, stimulating blood flow, and assist keeping your skin smooth and bright.

Melotti Farm is one of the top rice production farms in northern Italy. They have introduced many byproducts. So, it wasn't a surprise that rice skincare products could be found in their store.

The Cream is a outstanding lightweight form formula for all skin types.  It's hydrating and calming to the skin without a sticky and heavy feel. Hand cream is perfect to heal dry skin.

spoon or chopsticks

How do you eat rice? Do you use chopsticks or a spoon?  Your answer depends on the type of rice, its preparation, and your culture.

Short grain rice is common in China and Japan. It is sticky and clumpy and easy to eat with chopsticks.  Etiquette requires that you elegantly lift your bowl of steaming, sticky, rice near your mouth with chopsticks in hand.  They are the only utensils used for the rice and the entire meal.

In Korea,  short grain rice is usually eaten with spoon and the rice bowl never leaves the table.  As food is eaten quickly, and portions are small, little time is spent in putting  utensils down.  When finished eating, the spoon is placed on the rice bowl, or soup bowl.  Then, chopsticks are used for eating the other dishes. At the end of the meal, the  chopsticks can never be left sticking out of the rice bowl, as this resembles the way rice is offered to the dead and would bring bad luck.

South East Asian or Middle Eastern cultures eat Basmati; a slender, long grain rice, which is light and fluffy. It is easier and more commonly eaten with a spoon.

 

 

Greeting ‘Have you eaten rice?’

Rice is so ingrained in Korean culture that even one of their most common greetings is “Bap meogeosseoyo,” or,” Have you eaten rice?”   This greeting shows concern for someone’s well being; you’d ask if they had eaten. The phrase was popularized after the war in the 1960’s when people were hungry and food was scarce. While Korea has an abundance of food now, the phrase is still relevant to show concern for other people you know. If any of your Korean friends, ask you “Have you eaten rice?” Now you know.

Measure the Rice

During the 1300’s in Korea, three square wooden cups were used as traditional units for measuring volume of grains, powders and liquids.  These measurements were called Hope, Dyeo and Mal.  Hope is “a handful” of rice (1200 grains) or 180ml.   Dyeo is “two handfuls” of rice or 1800ml.  Dyeo is approximately 10x the amount of Hope.   Mal is approximately 10 liters or 10x the amount of Dyeo.

Photo credit : Seoul Museum of History

Photo credit : Seoul Museum of History

In Japan, this wooden square measuring cup or ‘Masu,’ is used for foods such as rice and soy sauce. The Masu is used widely for serving Sake. Drinking from the cup is a symbol of good fortune. “Masu” means growth in Japanese, and so the cup becomes an icon of prosperity and  happiness. The wooden cup in mostly made from Cypress or Cedar wood, which have natural antibacterial properties to keep food and drinks fresh. Today, masu are used for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or weddings. There are three units in Japan similar to Korea. They are called the Shaku, Gou and Shou.                                                                 
Shaku, or Isshaku, as said in Japanese, is roughly equivalent to 18 ml
Gou (or Ichigou)  is 10 Shaku, 180 ml.
Shou is 10 Gou, which is about 1800 ml. or 1.8 liters.

Photo Credit : www. 7yari.co.jp

Photo Credit : www. 7yari.co.jp

*LiveRice only offers Shichi Hon Yari Masu. Please check our shop.
[Capacity] One Go (180ml, 6oz)
[size] external dimensions
3 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 2 1/8"

Rice Starch for fabric

In Korea today, a rice water solution containing starch is applied on a variety of fabrics before ironing. It is commonly used on old Hanbok & Hemp or cotton in the summer months. The application of rice starch to fabric smooths and crisps the surface while increasing the fabrics ability to resist wrinkling. The treated fabric feels cool, smooth and has a high sheen on the surface. The rice starch also provides a barrier to stains that might penetrate the cotton fabric thus making it easier to remove any stains that would attract bacteria, fungi and insects.

Photo Credit: Daum The early  Koreans used a flat stone or rounded wooden roll and bat to remove the wrinkles and straighten clothes soaked and dried in rice starch.

Photo Credit: Daum
The early  Koreans used a flat stone or rounded wooden roll and bat to remove the wrinkles and straighten clothes soaked and dried in rice starch.

To make rice starch at home, finely powdered rice is needed. Either cooked cold rice or uncooked rice grain can be processed until completely smooth. In a large bucket of cold water, add the rice starch and mix until completely dissolved. Add clothes to soak for a period of time and then transfer the clothes to an empty bucket. Pour any remaining starch water over the clothes and let sit for 10 minutes, patting down clothes to ensure absorption. Then, hang up the clothes and allow to air dry, straightening them to eliminate any large creases. When the clothes are fully dry they can be ironed with a good steam iron. Use a low setting to avoid browning the starch and spray with water if needed. The clothes will have a super crisp look and feel!