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Mirror Mirror on the Wall… the wonders that Natural Face Packs can do for you!

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Our face is the most important part of us when it comes to making a first impression. With a glowing face and a smile, the world is at your feet! At times we look at other women and envy their spotless complexion, radiant with health. We think that they are either naturally blessed with such good skin, or they must have a lot of spare time and money to pamper themselves.

Guess what? We have some good news that will break this misconception of yours. With a little time and attention, you too can get a spotless complexion and healthier-looking skin. We are not going to give you quick fixes or solutions that involve harmful chemicals or expensive trips to the parlor…our fix is totally natural and long-term!

Today, we will explore the world of Natural Face Packs. Now you might have used face packs only during special occasions like weddings, anniversaries or birthdays while getting a facial done. But did you know that a regular use of face packs without a facial can get you that healthy and radiant skin that they flash at you in skin-care advertisements?

The purpose of applying a face pack is to draw out impurities, to close the pores, remove any rough scaly surface on the skin and tighten the facial muscles. Using the pads of your fingertips spread the pack gently over the face. Use the palms of your hands to spread the pack over your neck. Do not apply the pack on thread veins if you have them. Relaxation plays an important part here.

Settle yourself in a comfortable armchair or even better, lie on your bed. If you lie down, put some pillows under your legs to raise them slightly. This helps in relaxation. When you are using a face pack it is better to cover your eyes with cotton wool pads squeezed out in cold water or preferably rose water.

If you have an oily skin, leave the mask on for about 10 minutes. For dry and combination skins, leave the mask on for about 5 minutes. Set an alarm clock so that you can really relax. If your skin feels tight and uncomfortable, do not wait for the recommended time, and remove the face pack immediately.

Remove the mask with water and cotton wool. Lightly swab off the face pack, taking care not to drag the skin. After that dab on some skin tonic if you have combination or dry skin and astringent if your skin is oily. If your skin is very dry, use a little moisturizer. Do not apply make-up immediately after applying face pack as your skin may go blotchy.

Identifying your skin type is a very important part because if you make a mistake there, nothing else will work out. We suggest you consult an experienced skin expert for the same. Make a thorough note of your skin problems as well (like acne, dark spots, freckles, pimple marks, etc.) that you want to target, one at a time. If you have got this right, well. half your work is done!

Next, set aside one day of the week when you would have some spare time for your skin (Sundays are a good day to pick). Now you have an option of either making a face pack at home or buying a natural face pack from a trusted source http://www.naturalmantra.com. First, let us look at the various types of face packs that you can create from the readily available ingredients at home. We have categorized them into skin types to make the choice easier for you.

  • For Dry Skin: Mix a tablespoon of honey with a teaspoon of honey and apply on your face.
  • For Normal Skin: Mix milk powder, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of lemon juice and a few drops of almond oil and make a paste. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  • For Sensitive Skin: Mash 1/4th of a banana and mix it with 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Apply and wash off after 10 minutes.
  • For Lightening Dark Skin: Combine a tablespoon of gram flour with 2 tablespoon raw milk and few drops of lime juice and apply on your face and neck.

If you don’t want to make a face pack at home, you can pick up a natural face pack too. Here are a few ingredients that you should look out for specific skin type and problems:

  • Rose face pack: Good for anti-aging and beneficial for sensitive, dry and mature skin.
  • Sandalwood face pack: Reduces wrinkles, blemishes, dark patches or pigmentation.
  • Mint face pack: Heals eruptions like pimples and black heads and erases their marks
  • Ubtan: For a natural long-lasting glow
  • Neem face pack: Cleanses and rejuvenates the skin and helps get rid of pimples

Try to make these face packs in smaller quantity as fresher packs are better to use. If you have some extra left, you can refrigerate it for applying the next week, but don’t store it for longer than a week.

Keep the following things in mind while applying a face pack:

  • Before applying the face pack, make sure that there is no residual make-up or any other cosmetics on your skin. Clean your face thoroughly with a gentle face wash and use a cleanser too if required.
  • Do not assume that the longer you keep the face pack on for, the more the benefit. A face pack should only be left on for up to a maximum of 15 minutes. Any longer than that, it will cause more harm than good, like causing wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • It is not necessary to use a face pack only when you do a facial. A face pack can safely be used once every week.
  • Wash the face pack with room temperature water only. Do not scrub or scratch it as it will damage your skin.
  • After you use a face pack, there are a lot of open pores on your skin. It is important to close them otherwise dust and other impurities can enter in it. You can close these pores by rubbing some ice on your face for a while.
  • Never apply a face mask anywhere near the eyes. They will not help you get rid of dark circles, but will cause damage to the sensitive area around your skin. These are separate packs and gels available for baggy eyes and dark circles.
  • The bowl and brush that you use for mixing your face pack should be sterilized by cleaning in hot water.
  • Avoid chemical-based face packs as far as possible. They might show good results in the short run, but they will leave long-term side effects on your skin.

Now it is your turn to be the envy of others with a healthy and glowing face that just needs a smile for make-up! Do let us know your thoughts, personal favourites, and if you have tried any of our suggested face packs, did you like the results? We look forward to hear from you!

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.

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The Unpalatable Truth – Pesticides in your food!

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This presents a pretty picture, fruit and vegetables bursting with color and health, ripe and ready for the dining table.

But are you ready for what this apparently healthy platter holds in store for you and your body?

This question is very relevant in today’s marketing-oriented world of mass food production where speed and looks far outweigh natural goodness in the harvest of fruit and vegetables and indeed all food crops.

Look before you EAT!

Most foods that are grown with chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides are bound to have prodigious amounts of residue that invariably find their way into our systems.

In fact, a number of natural foods that we eat have an alarmingly high potential to absorb and retain pesticides, which by default reach your plate at the dining table straightaway.

They include cherry tomatoes, apples, celery, cucumber, grapes, chillies, potatoes, sweet bell peppers, spinach, strawberries, peaches, lettuce, blueberries, milk, fatty meats, coffee, wine and chocolate, believe it or not!

Logically, it’s only fruits and vegetables with thick skins that are removed before eating (melons, avocado, corn, etc.) that tend to have the lowest amounts of pesticide residue.

Here’s a very tragic case of pesticide poisoning that has recently shaken up the general public, not just health-conscious people.

For 26 long years, the government-owned Plantation Corporation of Kerala aerially sprayed Endosulfan over 4,700 acres in Kasaragod. Endosulfan is banned in many parts of the world, as a highly hazardous pesticide. But in Kerala it was sprayed for years in government-owned plantations.

As the plantations are in a mountainous area, the pesticide residues settled on the soil and got washed away when it rained, into drinking water streams below.

Today, villagers who lived close to the plantation are paying the price – battling physical deformities, cancers and disorders of the central nervous system. Many of them got paralyzed or are seriously ill. Many areas in this district of Kerala have become living examples of how the poison in pesticides could be lethal to our health when used excessively and carelessly

The tragedy got media exposure and has raised awareness. But all this, a bit too late for the unfortunate victims. The Kerala government, unable to face up to the media war against endosulfan poisoning in Kasaragod, banned its use for an indefinite period. The effects of that are already showing. The birds are back, there are butterflies flitting around, micro organisms are alive in the eco-system and nature is seemingly bouncing back.

However, Endosulfan is still being used in various parts of India in Punjab, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Assam, in cotton and tea production. But communities are not clear about the danger ahead. A lot of work needs to be done before the danger of not just Endosulfan, but of all pesticide poisoning can be stemmed.

The benefits of eating organic food go straight to the farm, where no pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used to grow the organic produce shipped to grocers. That means workers and farm neighbors aren’t exposed to potentially harmful chemicals, it means less fossil fuel converted into fertilizers and it means healthier soil that should sustain crops for generations to come.

For individuals, organic food has many benefits. Eating organic means avoiding the pesticide residue left on foods, and it may even mean more nutrition.

But organic food can cost more, meaning many families are unwilling to pay more for organic produce. If you want to balance budgets, while investing in only some organic produce, you can also buy fresh produce typically low in pesticide residue, like Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Avocado, Asparagus, Frozen Sweet peas, Mango and Papayas.

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.

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BENEFITS OF OMEGA – 3

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Omega-3 DHA is the most important of the three Omega-3 essential fatty acids.Your brain, eyes, and heart; need it for development, right from the day you are conceived. Omega-3 DHA comprises of 97% of the brain’s Omega-3 fats and 93% of those also present in the retina. Though many people believe that fish is a rich source of Omega-3 DHA, it is actually a myth. The fish obtains Omega-3 DHA through their feeding chain.

Fish feed on small marine animals that in turn feed on DHA rich micro-algae. In fact, it is only those fish found in micro algae-rich water bodies that become an Omega-3 source. Dietary sources of Omega-3 DHA are limited andit is best to rely upon supplements that provide this nutrient in its purest form. You may consume flax seeds and walnuts regularly and believe that they fulfill the DHA requirement of your system. You are probably unaware that these contain only Omega-3 ALA, which your body has to convert to DHA before utilization. The highest conversion rate has been reported at 1% in children, it is even lower in adults.

Your chosen Omega-3 must provide you with 300mg or more of DHA per serving, the daily requirement (NIH USA) for optimal health and overall well-being. Many fish oil supplements do not disclose the amount of DHA in each capsule and may contain ocean born contaminants. Safer and purer options are Omega-3 DHA supplements derived from micro-algae.

UnivedTM offers India’s only vegan certified Omega-3 DHA dietary supplement. As a vegan company committed to delivering products of the highest quality, Unived uses vegan micro-algae oil that is fermented in closed conditions. This ensures that these Omega-3 DHA supplements are free of ocean-borne contaminants such as mercury, lead, PCBs, toxins, and other chemical waste. It is also completely free of wheat gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, starch, sugar, sodium, artificial coloring, preservatives or flavoring. So check it out today! http://bit.ly/18zPBSE

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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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Nature has designs on you. Will you wear them?

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There is a crying need today to choose alternative natural fabric that is made from easily available materials or waste materials so as to reduce the pressure on natural resources. Opt for natural fabrics over harmful synthetics, for the sake of the environment as well as for your comfort.

The plethora of man-made fabrics such as polyester and nylon are extremely harmful to the environment. Their production process uses harmful chemicals and they are not bio-degradable. Plus their formaldehyde finishes and chemical dyes are harmful to the skin.

Fortunately there are options available that are healthy – both to us and to our environment! Choose alternative natural fabric that is made from easily available materials or waste materials. Organic clothing, from all-natural, non-synthetic materials, is a part of the organic agriculture movement which emphasizes farming and processing that work with nature to help minimize air, soil and water pollution. Organic clothing materials come from plants that have not been radiated genetically modified or treated with synthetic or chemical pesticides.

Regular cotton is a widely used fabric, but its production causes immense damage to the environment. It is estimated that 25% of global pesticide is used in traditional cotton farming. On the other hand. cotton grown without insecticides /pesticides not only means chemical free fabric but also means that we have avoided the chemical run-off that saturates the ground and ends up in our food, drinking water and the air we breathe. Organic materials are grown toxin-free, reducing the amount of toxic chemicals we ingest and release into the earth. Organic fibers are hypo-allergenic and free of chemicals or pollutants. Clothes from natural material also ensure that less pollution when dumped, they degenerate faster and produce less pollution on the way to degeneration process.

What are these naturally produced fashion materials? Soya fabric made from waste soya hull, banana fabric from banana leaf, organic wool, fabrics made from silk and hemp as well as renewable materials like bamboo, soy and Tencel, a wood pulp product. Sustainable clothing materials can also be produced from new synthetic options like “POP,” fabric made from recycled plastic soda bottles.

Organically grown cotton has great strength and durability and is good for people with allergies and chemical sensitivity. Its soft texture and breathable structure makes it an eternal fashion favorite too!

Bamboo, with its natural antibacterial and moisture-wicking properties, makes for excellent sportswear too. It is the softest, smoothest fabric to wear next to your skin and is most comfortable.

You too can contribute towards nature by making an eco-conscious choice when you shop the next time. Helping you make this right choice is Natural Mantra from where you can buy organic and natural fabric-made clothes! Do check out the website to make your eco-friendly fashion statement!

Work with Nature. Wear Natural.

Why are Natural Fabrics special for you?

The inherent characteristic of natural fabrics that we have used, such as Organic cotton, Silk, Bamboo, Soya & Modal – offer advantages in terms of better breath-ability, temperature regulation, durability, water absorption, antimicrobial properties, and more!  versus synthetic fabrics that pose a health risk by :
Stopping the normal function of your body due to their low breath-ability, low water absorption, and thermal regulation. This in turn can lead to either overheating (even heat stroke in a high-temperature climate), or getting too cold.
Stops the normal reaction of your skin to create a barrier and encourages a favorable condition for bacteria growth, thereby causing or worsening skin disorders and the course of allergic reactions.

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.

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Build a healthy home this monsoon!

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This monsoon, open your doors and windows to joy,
Not to an unclean home filled with diseases & odour!

Have you ever heard the quote – One man’s friend, is another man’s foe!

We’d like to begin our blog on home safety this monsoon by drawing an analogy with this quote.

You know how kids enjoy playing in puddles and couples love taking romantic walks under one umbrella during the rains. But for a housewife, there is no play and no romance in monsoon, but a messy home filled with a musty smell, damp clothes, insects and bacteria!

Today, we will turn that around and tell you how even a home-maker can stop worrying and start enjoying the monsoons!

Let us start by discussing the main problems that occur on a typical rainy day:

– Damp clothes that refuse to dry for days together, leaving you with musty smelling clothes

– Footprints filled with mud and leaking umbrellas and rain-coats

– Stained carpets filled with moisture and mud

– Breeding mosquitoes in damp areas of the house

– Power-cuts

– Leaking walls and roof

– Diseases caused by insects and bacteria

– Silver fish in wardrobes

– Drain clogging

We could have added more to the list, but then these are the major pain-points. So now we come to the part where we tell you how you can deal with them. Here goes:

– Damp Clothes: After washing your clothes, put them on hangers. Buy those portable cloth-hanging stands and place the hangers on them. Now put this stand in one of your empty rooms and switch on the fan at full speed. As for the musty smell, use some natural clothes freshener that will also act as a conditioner for clothes.

– Footprints, stained carpets with leaking clothes & rainy-wear: Roll away your wool and other expensive carpets and instead, spread out decorative bamboo mat, coir mat or synthetic mat. Before putting away your expensive carpets, roll them in plastic sheets so that moisture doesn’t get through it.

Keep a bucket at the entrance of your house where your family or guests can dump their rainy-wear before entering the house

Roll out use-and-throw door-mats where they can wipe their muddy footwear

– Mosquitoes and Insects: Monsoons create breeding grounds for various disease-causing insects that find a way into our homes. Keep your home safe from these insects without the suffocating smoke of repellants. Instead, try the Freshener Oils from Natural Mantra that are effective combinations of Essential Oils from wood, leaves & grass. They help naturally to offset odour and freshen up surrounding. It has anti bacterial properties and helps clean and deodorize air.

– Power-cuts: Power-cuts are not an unusual phenomenon during the monsoons. It is annoying and unpleasant, though most of us have chargeable batteries handy for such times.

But here is a quick way to turn the power-cut into a beautiful evening. Light up your house with aromatic candles and beautiful candle-stands.

– Leaking walls and roof: If some walls are damp, get them waterproofed. The terrace can also be waterproofed. Get the drainage cleaned up as they tend to clog during the monsoon by filling up with mud, leaves and dirt. Seal the cracks formed in your walls and windows so that rain water doesn’t enter your home.  Fill gaps between sliding windows with rubber lining to keep water from seeping through on a windy, rainy day. If you have metal surfaces that you suspect could get rusty, treat them with a waterproofing spray.

– Silver fish in wardrobes: You can use naphthalene balls in your closet which will protect your clothes and other valuable things from moisture as well as insects. Alternatively, you can put Neem leaves as it prevents silver fish to enter your cupboards in monsoon and can use cloves to keep insects away from your clothes.

-Drain clogging: Get the drainage cleaned up as they tend to clog during the monsoon by filling up with mud, leaves and dirt. Ensure that the water drains on your roof are working well; otherwise water may stagnate on the roof and start seeping through the ceiling and walls.

This may seem overwhelming and a lot to do, but with a little planning and help from your family members, you can easily make your home a healthy home this monsoon. Now the rainy evenings will no more be morose and filled with cleaning and tidying. Let your hair down and enjoy sipping some hot chai with pakoras the next time the Rain-Gods shower you with their love!

You can buy a lot of home-care products that will help you in keeping your home clean and fresh from the comfort of your home through Natural Mantra. Visit this link to place your order!http://bit.ly/ViNPsQ

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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. Founded by parents, NaturalMantra.com helps you 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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