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Eeeks, what on earth is that white, flaky stuff on your head & shoulders?!

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Having dandruff is not just a physical problem that needs to be treated patiently and carefully. It needs to be tackled in a larger sense, taking societal factors into consideration.

The Problems

What is the stigma attached to such a visible affliction? First off, you feel really, really embarrassed about Dandruff. There are so many who suffer from emotional symptoms when they realize that flakes of skin are affecting their social interactions? They try to cover up by –

• Wearing hats all the time to cover up dandruff

• Not wearing black clothes so the white flakes don’t show, even though they know black is a slimming color

• Continuously wiping the white flakes off, sneaking into the bathroom or another room to check their shoulders for any flakes

• Feeling very self-conscious at school, college, work or social occasions, and worried about body image and dandruff at the same time

• Wearing gloves to stop themselves from scratching their hair and making it flake even more, and then making it bleed

• Being worried about what other people might think about their personal hygiene

• Suffering embarrassing or misunderstood intimate moments with partner about how they have tried, but nothing seems to work

• Trying various commercial anti dandruff products in vain – some make it better or worse and most are expensive when you have to continuously have to use them.

What is Dandruff?

There are often two confusing aspects of what people see as white flaky bits, which are medically diagnosed dandruff and dry scalp. Dandruff can only be diagnosed by a doctor. Dry scalp is often treated by hairstylist.

There are a few major differences between dandruff and dry scalp. Dandruff is usually recognized by larger, greasy or waxy flakes or clusters of skin cells which are yellowish or grey. They may come off in your hair brush or stick to your hair or scalp, and are accompanied by itching. Dandruff, unlike dry scalp, is usually associated with a fungal or bacterial infection of the scalp and can be contagious.

If you have dandruff, you should not share brushes, combs, hats, towels, hair clips, or anything else that touches your head, and you should clean and disinfect brushes, etc. after each use. There are different types of dandruff and the type and cause can only be diagnosed by a medical professional.

In general, it takes around 2 weeks for the old skin cells to push their way to the surface of the scalp and replace themselves with new ones. Dandruff is caused when the skin cells flake off faster than the skin can cope with and then cause the skin cells to become inflamed with a fungus, causing them to become white and flaky in appearance.

How do you recognize Dandruff symptoms?

You may have some of these symptoms and are wondering what to do.

• Dry or oily scalp

• Yellowish, grayish, or white flaky skin cells on your clothes or bedding

• Itchy scalp

• Redness on scalp

• Inflammation on the scalp. It’s not always visible, but feels a bit raised up from the normal areas.

Who Can Get Dandruff?

Many people think that dandruff is just an old person’s hair condition. To tell you the truth dandruff affects every age, from toddlers (often called cradle cap) to teenagers to middle-aged adults.

Look out for this space, we shall explore ways of tackling this embarrassing affliction.

Meanwhile, do check out various organic and effective options to tackle this affliction, on http://www.naturalmantra.com. You can order them and get them delivered at your doorstep easily!


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Rains play havoc on your skin and hair!

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The onset of the monsoon is a welcome relief from the sweltering heat. Monsoons are good for our crops and we enjoy the fresh breezes and wet fun in the rains! But the, every silver lining has a cloud attached!

This season takes a toll on your skin and hair. Greasy skin, acne and hair fall are just some of the issues. During the rains the skin behaves differently and attracts more grime and dust than usual. Take some time off to exfoliate the face, body and feet. Here are some holistic solutions to your woes.

Get ready to glow this monsoon!

Hydrate: It is easy for the skin to get dehydrated during monsoons, so use a toner that will provide effective hydration. Use it every morning and evening for maximum effect, to maintain the natural pH balance of your skin. You need to be extra careful about cleansing your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. Use a cleansing agent which is gentle and yet strong enough to remove all dirt.

Eat & Drink Healthy: Remember to nourish your skin from the inside too – eat salads blanched in boiling water to disinfect them, vegetable soup which will keep you warm and healthy and drink the usual 8-10 glasses of water. Your skin is always thirstier than you are!

Face masks:

Wash and clean your face daily and religiously with a gentle cleansing milk which is rich in antioxidants and also helps remove impurities and dirt from your pores. Use a face mask at least once a week depending on your skin type. Face masks help soothe the skin, get rid of inflammation issues and breakouts.

Exfoliate your face with a refining polish using gentle circular movements. For optimum results, concentrate on problem areas such as dry or congested skin.

Face refreshers provide an ultra relaxing and fresh clean up of the face for both men and women. They whisk away all the layers of dead skin that pile up during the sticky monsoon weather with the gentle but effective exfoliating scrub, toner and masks, which also have mild antiseptic properties.

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Rinse. Pat dry and use a serum/oil on your face and allow to absorb. Use a face mask all over face and neck and finish with your preferred moisturiser. Use a facial mist that soothes, moisturises and relaxes your face. They contain sunscreen, minerals, antioxidants or other ingredients that nourish and protect skin.

The biggest problem that your skin faces is combating acne due to open pores and high humidity. The solution? Good old Indian neem. Most international beauty products now come with neem extracts because it has good anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Look for skincare products that have neem as an ingredient, or simply make a paste out of fresh neem leaves and apply it to your face. Or you can even have a shot of neem juice in the morning.

Sunscreen

Don’t avoid sunscreen lotions at all during the rainy season. As long as there is daylight, our skin needs protection from UVA and UVB ray.

Hair Care

Don’t use too much of hair products and use only a mild shampoo and gentle conditioner for the hair. 
The weather can make the hair dull, flat and tangled.

Use hair serum the previous night and massage into scalp as well as the shaft. The next day wash hair with a mild shampoo and apply a hair mask in the shower and steam. Rinse.  In the meantime, use a body polish and exfoliate the entire body concentrating on dry areas.
· Good and effective cleansing using a volumizing shampoo twice or thrice a week is highly recommended as hair tends to go limp in this season
· Conditioning your hair becomes twice as important during this season. Don’t shun it if you have sticky hair, instead opt for a light conditioner that is suited for limp, oily hair
· Keep the scalp dry to avoid scalp conditions like fungal and bacterial infections, which are more prevalent during the monsoon
· If you need to blow dry your hair, apply a leave-on conditioner prior to it
· Go easy on styling during this season. Excessive use of hair gels and sprays will only cause further damage
· Take time off from your busy schedule and book yourself a hair spa therapy appointment
· Oiling once a week would help but make sure you wash your hair well as residue oil can attract dust and grime, which along with sweat, can cause dandruff and even scalp infections
· Keep your hair trimmed and short during the season
· Food for hair – milk and milk products, nuts, soya products

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Body Care:

At home spa ritual: It’s extremely important to keep the massage clean and dry and it is imperative that one uses chemical-free organic products.

Foot Care:
· Effective cleansing of feet is very important as they get exposed to lot of grime
· Do not forget to completely dry your feet so as to prevent fungal infections
· Avoid wearing boots as these hold water for a longer duration, creating a soggy environment for your feet

A weekly foot massage is good. Our feet bear the brunt of the season. Go for regular pedicures. Begin with a mint and lemon grass foot scrub followed by a pure aroma oil massage that provides a protective layer from germs and infections. The stimulation of blood and lymphatic fluid circulation keeps the feet and body healthier.

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So although the sky may carry a gloomy cast, you can brush off your skin woes, with a guarantee of beautiful, glowing skin and toss your healthy hair at the lowering skies!

Just sit back and enjoy the season!

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A Father, A Friend, A Philosopher, A Guide!

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A Father, A Friend, A Philosopher, A Guide!

In the school of life, fathers are the teachers that always guide you through every exam. Like all students, some of us worship our teachers, while some of us see them as an interference in our carefree lives.

But sooner or later, we realize that our Dads are the foundation stones that we have all built our lives on. Their lessons are hidden in their care, love, discipline and oftentimes, even in their scolding.

Here are a few things our Dads have taught us, without our even knowing it:

– To respect women, by loving our mothers and sisters

– To live life for others by toiling night & day to bring every joy to his family

– To find joy for oneself in the joy of those we love, by never showing how tired he was when we invited him to play tv games with us

– That patience is sometimes the best way to show your love, by listening to our long meaningless stories about the day.

We can go on and on. Why don’t you tell us something that your Dad Has Taught You? We are giving away a beautiful gift hamper that you could gift your dad on Father’s Day as a small token of appreciation.

All you have to do is join us on Facebook and Twitter and share your most treasured memory or lesson that you got from your dad. Click here to participate!

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/naturalmantra
Twitter – https://twitter.com/NaturalMantra

We will be announcing the winners on June 16th! So stay tuned for the results.

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In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.

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About NaturalMantra.com

In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.

We love hearing for you and encourage you to leave us a comment and connect with us here:

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Father’s Day Special – ‘Mata Pita Guru Deivam’

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Mata Pita Guru Deivam

In India, fathers are next only to mothers with respect to the honor and love they are given. It is customary for sons and daughters to touch their father’s and mother’s feet and all elders, to seek blessings for any occasion, at weddings and even on returning home after a long trip away, as a form of greeting.

Today, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The 16th of June is Father’s Day this year. Father’s Day is not an Indian tradition but in the Vedas, father has always been given a very high status, supported by many Indian epics. In the Ramayana, Ram goes for exile for 14 years giving up his inheritance to the throne, to honour his father Dasaratha’s word to his wife Kaikeyi.

Whatever was the history, the basic need is for all of us to acknowledge and recognize that we owe what we are and what we want to become, so much to our fathers! And this special day gives us just the opportunity to do so!

This special day was actually incepted in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. After the successful promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, some wanted to create similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the first choice.

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. Its first celebration was on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.  After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

In the 1930s Dodd returned to Spokane from University, and started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level. Since 1938 she had the help of the Father’s Day Council as well. Americans resisted the holiday for a few decades, seeing it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes. However, by the mid 1980s the Father’s Council wrote that “Father’s Day has become a ‘Second Christmas’ for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.”

A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. The custom spread throughout the United States and in 1936 a national Father’s Day committee was formed. Headquartered in New York City, the committee annually selects a Father of the Year. Some of the fathers who have won this title are Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Harry S. Truman. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “[singling] out just one of our two parents. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. And the world has followed suit, honoring all fathers and father-figures everywhere.

But back to today. It’s a universal truth that the perceptive poet wrote –

You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s.  – Robert Frost

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The Health Benefits of Spirulina – One of the World’s Most Nutritious Foods

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All of us are convinced about the undoubted advantages of natural & organic foods. We know that the total absence of artificial soil nutrition and pesticides makes for naturally nutritious and tasty foods that lead to holistic health.

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In context of the increased awareness of healthy foods leading to a healthy mind, and in celebration of World Food Day this week, which falls on June 5, 2013, we bring to you some insights into an almost magical wonder food – Spirulina!

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What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is one of a family of nutritional algaes. They are usually found in warm and alkaline waters all over the world, mostly in South America, Africa, and Mexico. The name spirulina is derived from the Latin word for helix or spiral; reflecting the physical configuration of the organism as it forms swirling, microscopic strands.

It is one of the best sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which is usually only found in mother’s milk. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that’s important for growth and development as well as having many other healthy properties. No other food offers anywhere near the health benefits of spirulina (except for its close relative, chlorella). Spirulina is an incredibly dense green superfood, rather than a nutritional supplement.

In fact, believe it or not, just one teaspoon of spirulina has the nutritional value of several servings of common vegetables!

Spirulina is widely used as an ingredient in most green superfood powders and is beneficial as an aid in weight-loss programs as well.

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Nutritional Content of Spirulina

Spirulina contains about 70% protein, vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, B vitamins and chlorophyll. is the world’s most digestible natural source of high quality protein. Its predigested protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, is absorbed almost immediately, and its simple carbohydrates yield immediate yet sustained energy. Many world-class athletes recognize the incredible benefits of Spirulina for performing at their peak physical ability on a daily basis.

It also has abundant essential fatty acids, B vitamins, antioxidants and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.

Especially important for vegetarians, one tablespoon of Spirulina provides about 300% of your RDA for vitamin B-12.

Benefits of Spirulina

It has significant positive effects on people suffering from type 2 diabetes. Studies show that it has the ability to reduce fasting blood sugar levels in the body after 6 to 8 weeks of intake.

Spirulina contains the essential fatty acid gamma-linoleic acid, which can help prevent conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. It helps support a healthy pH balance in your body. A diet heavy on acidic foods such as animal proteins and grains can be effectively balanced by the alkaline properties of Spirulina.

The other benefits of Spirulina:

  • Inhibits the power of many viruses
  • Helps diminish allergies such as hay fever
  • Helps protect the liver from toxins
  • Helps reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Helps control symptoms of ulcerative colitis
  • Exerts strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
  • Helps boost the immune system
  • Cleanses & detoxifies the system
  • Protectes against environmental toxins, air and water pollution, and other contaminants that you’re being exposed to every day.

Choosing and Using Spirulina Products

Spirulina is one of the most important foods in any diet. It makes an admirable substitute for dark green leafy vegetables.

A fun way to get Spirulina into your diet is to blend it into a green smoothie. Smoothies  are easily the best way to get more antioxidants and all their benefits into your diet. A basic smoothie recipe uses coconut milk, a banana, two raw organic eggs or protein powder, and a spoonful of Spirulina and chlorella combined in a blender. Bananas blend well with Spirulina, and mask the bitterness very well — just make sure you use very ripe ones.

Spirulina can turn your ordinary smoothie into a nutrient-dense meal with the antioxidant benefits of 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables — your entire minimum daily requirement! Just try it once, you will get all pumped up!!

You can check out our Spirulina products here! http://bit.ly/ZGt7vk

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In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.

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