loofah is a climbing plant with beautiful yellow flowers. The luffa plant is a cucurbit, a group of plants including gourds, pumpkins, and cucumbers. Its fruits are cylindrical and during ripening the interior is transformed into a dense network of fibres somewhat like a mesh.
It is the only known plant that can be grown and used as a sponge.
Loofahs can last for months and are excellent exfoliators. They gently remove dead cells (exfoliate) and make skin soft, smooth and healthy looking. It is also said that the fibres stimulate blood circulation, making it useful in the fight against cellulite.
If you are trying to be more environmentally friendly, try cutting the loofah in rounds and use it as a pot scrubber, use it whole as your car wash sponge or kitchen sponge... even to scrub your veggies. Loofahs contain no chemicals and are completely biodegradable.
Get crafty and make your own loofah soap!
TIPS for using the loofah:
-The best way to use he loofah on your body is to get it wet and soft first, then apply your soap of body wash.
-Keep your loofah clean and fresh by letting it dry between uses. Do not leave it in a wet soap dish between uses.
-To clean your loofa, soak it in hot water with a little baking soda and vinegar, rinse and let it dry completely.