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Top 5 Alternative Uses for Yeast


When you think of yeast you may commonly think of a beer brewing or bread baking ingredient used to help the dough rise, but this useful little organism is handy for so much more than that. Here are some top tips for using yeast you may not have previously heard about.

1. Refresh Your Skin

woman rubbing cream onto her cheek

The purifying qualities of yeast make it an ideal face mask. The B Vitamins refresh and tone the skin, the antioxidants and amino acids restore skins youthful glow, vitamins PP,N and E are essential for skins nutrition and the minerals actively nourish . To make a yeast face mask just mix a sachet of yeast with warm water till it forms a thick paste. Leave to stand for 30 minutes before applying to your face. Leave for 20 minutes before washing off using warm water.

Please note: As with all beauty products we recommend doing a patch test 24 hours before use.

2. Give Your Hair Shine

To produce long and luxurious hair our bodies need a good supply of vitamin B8, and yeast is full of it. By simply creating a hair mask by mixing half a sachet of yeast in warm water, massaging it into damp hair and leaving it for 30 minutes before washing off you will give your hair a much needed boost.
Please note: As with all beauty products we recommend doing a patch test 24 hours before use.

3. Slug Control

slug on a nettle leaf

Do you despair at slugs munching their way through your garden? Yeast slug traps are the earth friendly solution to removing these little blighters without using toxic chemicals. Simply fill a jar with a mixture of dried yeast, salt, sugar and warm water and bury into the soil at an angle. The slugs are attracted to the fermenting mixture and can easily make their way into the open mouth and down to the solution.  Empty and refill every 2 to 3 days.

4. Good Bug Food

bee on a purple flower

A simple mixture of yeast, honey and water in dishes around your garden can provide much needed protein rich food for insects such as ladybirds and bees to help them pollinate and fight garden pests.

5. Compost Accelerator

Due to the organisms in yeast a mixture of brewer’s yeast, water and sugar added to a compost pile speeds up and fuels the decomposition of the organic materials. A warning though, the more active the organisms the warmer they make the compost. If the compost is above 160°  the organisms begin to die out so always ensure the compost is cool before adding the yeast solution.

With all these handy uses, this versatile ingredient proves itself a true essential for every household.