6 unusual ways to use rhubarb

This vegetable has more uses than we think!

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Rhubarb is a plant that has existed for more than 5,000 years!

It was brought from Asia to Europe by Marco Polo. First used as a medicinal and ornamental plant, it began to be consumed in the 18th century.

As it is usually eaten as a dessert, it is considered a fruit, but it is actually a vegetable!

But apart from soaking it in sugar or to make pies and fruit puree, how can you use rhubarb?

Here are 6 unusual ways to use rhubarb!

1. To clean the pans

To clean a burnt pan or make it shine, use rhubarb leaves. The high oxalic acid content of its leaves gives rhubarb a cleansing power. To clean a burnt pan, cut rhubarb into small pieces and boil them for 10 minutes in the pan until it forms a kind of fruit puree.



2. To make a drink

To bring new flavor to sparkling water or cocktails, try this.

1. Cut 500 g rhubarb stalks into small cubes.

2. Place the dice in a bowl and sprinkle with 250 g caster sugar.

3. Cover the container with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days, stirring every 12 hours.

4. Collect the liquid with a colander.

5. Mix the rhubarb syrup with 250 ml of apple cider vinegar and pour this mixture into a jar with a lid and put it back to the refrigerator.

You can drink it right away, but it will be even better if you wait one week.


3. To make an insecticide

The rhubarb leaf is quite toxic; even the insects stay away from rhubarb. Here are 2 recipes to keep pests out of your garden.

Recipe # 1:

1. Boil 2 kilos of rhubarb leaves in water for about 15 minutes. Let cool.

2. Pour the liquid into a container.

3. Add some soap and spray the mixture on the plants attacked by aphids.

It is particularly effective against moth, leek moth, leaf curl, cherry tree diseases.

Recipe # 2:

  1. Cut 2 kg of rhubarb leaves and boil them in 4 liters of water for 30 minutes.

2. Let cool and sift the mixture to keep only the liquid.

(Use utensils you no longer use because rhubarb can stain material).

3. In a saucepan, boil 3 liters of water and add 150 g of soaps.

4. Let cool while stirring frequently.

5. Add the rhubarb leaves. Stir well.

6. Spray directly on infected leaves.

The mixture can be stored for a few days, out of the reach of children and animals, because it's harmful.

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4. Make a hair dye

The root and rhubarb leaves can be used to dye hair.

To give a luminous shine to light hair:

  1. Boil 30 g of crushed rhubarb root in 1/2 liter of apple cider vinegar for 10 min.

2. Add 20 g chamomile, 20 g marigold flowers and let simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool.

3. Add the juice of 2 lemons, 50 g of acacia honey and 50 ml of 90 ┬░ alcohol.

4. Pour enough volumizing hair conditioner into this mixture to get a creamy consistency.

5. Test on a few strands of your hair.

6. Apply the mixture on your hair.

7. Cover the head with a towel. Wait a minute.

8. Rinse with cold water.

If you let your hair dry naturally in the sun, it will work better.

To give a luminous shine to dark hair:

  1. Simmer 3 tablespoons (45 g) of rhubarb root powder in 500 ml of water until half of the water has evaporated.

2. Add enough white clay to form a paste.

3. Wash your hair.

4. Apply the paste on your hair.

5. Leave on for 15 minutes and check the dye by rinsing and drying a strand of hair.

6. Leave for another 15 minutes, checking the result regularly.

Do not let the mixture more than one hour. To make the hair even darker, repeat the operation after two days.


5. To make a laxative

Do you feel constipated? Rhubarb can help you!

Here is a tip that works well:

1. Brew 3 teaspoons of psyllium seed, 3 teaspoons of licorice root, 2 teaspoons of rhubarb root, 2 teaspoons of senna and 2 teaspoons of angelica root.

2. Blend all these ingredients.

3. And then make a tea with it.


6. To make compost

Rhubarb grows very fast, so you can cut it and put its leaves in the compost bin. Even though rhubarb leaves are poisonous, it's not a problem to make compost.