The Fruits of Growing and Using Loofah

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Loofah is a coarse, fibrous cylindrical ribbed gourd that is used as a sponge for bathing. It’s actually a fruit. Loofah gourds grow like squash on a vine or may be trained to grow along a fabricated grid– the way string beans are grown.

Loofah is a wonderful body scrub sponge

Loofah is the only plant source of sponge, and it has been used in bathhouses and kitchens for centuries. If you have a plant-based diet, this gourd is in further support of your conscientious decision.

The spongy texture is perfect for exfoliating dry skin to keep it smooth and sleek. Using loofah on a regular basis may may help reduce the appearance of cellulite.


Loofahs soften when wet and harden up again when dry.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. When healthy, you turn cells around once a month. Exfoliating at least once weekly assists the process of growing new skin. Since it aids in exfoliation, using loofah is one of the many things you can do for your skin. Besides making your skin look and feel great, loofah also offers a number of health benefits:

  • Scrubbing your skin increases and stabilizes blood flow and increases circulation. Working the skin in a circular motion energizes the body, and releases stress and anxiety, leaving you feel relaxed and calm.
  • The firm but elastic fibers are great for cleaning out bacteria, sweat, and other dirt particles settled in the pores of your skin. Since dead skin cells can clog pores and cause breakouts, it also plays a role in treating and improving acne.
  • It exfoliates skin. The outermost layer of your skin, the epidermis, naturally sheds dead skin cells. Everyday friction removes some of these natural shed cells, but others remain in place, resulting in a dull or ashy complexion. By removing the remaining dead cells from your skin surface, making it clean and glowing not only improves the look of your skin, it also sweeps away places where bacteria and soil may collect.

You can exfoliate daily in the shower while you cleanse your skin, saving time.

About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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