Ginger is one of my favorite tastes and smells and I knew I would love Nurture My Body’s Ginger Hand & Body Lotion the minute its zingy scent – both refreshing and exotic – wafted from the bottle. It also appeals to another sense – touch – when my skin still feels silky soft later in the day (without any greasy residue).

Nurture My Body is very picky about its ingredients and scrupulous about sourcing  organic, even distinguishing between organic, certified, wildcrafted and biodynamic (no danger of greenwashing here as there is with companies such as Nature’s Gate Organics). It even uses liquid CO2 (carbon dioxide) to extract essential oils, avoiding the thermal degradation associated with distillation at atmospheric pressure.

This is how the ginger got here and given how useful its properties are, I am grateful for a process that preserves them as much as possible. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic (source) and, according to one study, has a higher antioxidant activity than quercetin.

My all day silky soft feeling is doubtless being promoted by marshmallow and slippery elm. They both contain a substance called mucilage, a natural lubricant. Playing a similar role to silicone (without the unwanted side effects), these ingredients are often found in natural shampoos such as NMB’s (of course) and Yarok’s. There is also the ultra hydrating effects of antioxidant avocado oil.

Worthy of a shout out is gallium aparine, commonly called cleavers (although I much prefer its other appellation, stickywilly. This plant has been used for centuries to treat skin ailments and it is a good source of vitamin C. It also has been found to contain iridoids, a form of antioxidant found in some medicinal plants.

I think the hydrating effects of this ginger body lotion are enhanced by using it conjunction with NMB’s Ginger Body Wash, which does a lovely job of leaving you feeling clean, but not stripped.

Ingredients in hand & body lotion

Purified Water, Carthamnus Tinctorius (High Oleic Safflower) Oil**, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax NF, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil**, Vegetable Glycerin, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Althaea Officinalas (Marshmallow Root) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Infusion**, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Flowers) Infusion**, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile Flowers) Infusion**, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Infusion**, Galium Aparine (Cleavers) Infusion**, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Hydrosol**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Xanthan Gum, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) CO2**, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) CO2**, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) CO2**, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) CO2***, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil**, Syzygium Caryophyllata (Clove Bud) Essential Oil**and Cinnamonum Cassia (Cinnamon Leaf) Essential Oil**

Ingredients in body wash

Purified Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Lauryl Polyglucose, Cocos Nucifera (Coco de Cream)**, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium Flowers) Infusion***, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium Leaf) Infusion***, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Flowers) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Fragaria (Strawberry Leaf) Infusion**, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Infusion**, Avena Sativa (Oatstraw) Infusion**, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile Flowers) Infusion**, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) CO2**, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) CO2**, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) CO2***, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil**, Syzygium Caryophyllata (Clove Bud) Essential Oil**and Cinnamonum Cassia (Cinnamon Leaf) Essential Oil**

*Organic **Certified Organic ***Wildcrafted ****Biodynamic/Demeter Certified