JungleVine® Fabric Is More Than an Exfoliant
The Nature Bag Khmu/Lao Poverty Reduction Project learned several months ago that its JungleVine® fabric traditionally has been used as an organic skincare product in northern Japan. Responding to our article in last month’s newsletter, several readers suggested that JungleVine® on the skin probably was acting as an exfoliant.
An exfoliant removes dead cells from the skin surface. An exfoliant textile uses a mild abrasive action in the process. The luffa (also spelled loofa) sponge, from the interior of varieties of the luffa gourd, is the most widely-known non-chemical exfoliant.
Without doubt exfoliation is a natural result of using JungleVine® for skincare. Usually the fabric is dampened or used in the shower/bath similar to a sponge. Using it dry increases the abrasive effect, can remove hair and intensifies the stimulation of the skin, resulting in increased blood circulation.
Our experimentation with JungleVine® fabric for skincare continues. We have learned that it is safe (and believed to be wise) to use dampened JungleVine® gently on a baby’s skin beginning at the age of approximately 4 months.
We also have learned that the only possible risk of using a natural fiber textile as an exfoliant comes from bacteria that could take up home in the material. Although we have not tested it scientifically, traditional belief is that JungleVine® naturally resists fungus and bacteria.
There are several anti-bacterial creams or lotions available in drug stores or supermarkets without prescriptions in most countries. Try saturating the JungleVine® with these products either during or after use to reduce any chances of bacterial buildup. Beware that there is a risk of allergic reaction to some of these products, most of which cannot be considered organic.
Vivian H Ramirez