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May #GanpatiBappa remove all obstacles to a cleaner, greener & more #EnvironmentFriendly world!

The #EcoSensitivity of #IndianHeritage

Harking back to ancient Vedic times, the sculpting of a Ganesha idol from Shaadu(natural clay) at home , worshiping it and then immersing it is an age-old practice that incorporates the wisdom of eco-sensitive practices – – a #SustainableLiving practice. This is still followed in parts of South India, notably in Tamil Nadu.

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The #EnvironmentalPollution of the Festival

Today, it is a practice that needs to be followed widely because we can see the environmental pollution that is caused by Ganesh Chaturthi festival through:

  • Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols. Plaster of Paris (POP) contains gypsum, sulphur, phosphorus and magnesium. The idols take several months to dissolve in water and in the process poison the waters of lake, ponds, rives and seas.
  • #ChemicalPollution.The chemical paints used on the idols contain mercury, lead, cadmium and carbon and this increases the acidity and heavy metal content in the water.
  • Waste generated by the non-biodegradable accessories – thermocole, plastic flowers, cloth, incense, camphor, etc. used during the worship.
  • #NoisePollution
  • #Traffic congestion

There are many negative effects on the environment:

  • The polluted water causes several diseases including skin diseases.
  • The pollution from the idols also damages the #Ecosystem, kills fishes and water plants. Often, the same #PollutedWater gets pumped into homes.

A Central Pollution Control Board Study on the impact of immersion of Ganesh idols on the lakes revealed the following:

  • The acid content in the waters increased.
  • The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) increased by a 100%
  • The heavy metal content sampling showed an increase in metals such as iron which increased nearly 10 times and the content of copper in the sediments increased by 200 to 300 %.

How do we prevent this Environmental Damage?

  • Use eco-friendly clay idols painted with natural colors.
  • Use permanent idols made of stone and perform a symbolic immersion and reuse the idol each year.
  •  Avoid public water bodies to immerse the idols, instead immerse idol in bucket or tub.

Natural Mantra offers you a #SustainableLiving alternative: A Natural Clay Ganesha Home kit with all the necessary tools, #EnvironmentFriendly jewelry & embellishments and a step-by-step video guide. You can also use a ready-made idol made of coconut from the site to re-create this tradition in your own home. Let us ensure the sanctity of our traditions and the purity of our Earth. Happy Ganesha!

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Is there such a thing as the most #EffectiveGymming method? What are the 7 most Common Exercise Mistakes?

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Effective Gymming is all about Intensity

Are you a gym-goer? Are you a #Regular or a #GymRat or do you just go there occasionally? Well, whatever your favorite #GymWorkout is – fancy activities like #Zumba, #KickBoxing, #WeightTraining or just straightforward #Cardio, #FloorExercises and #WeightTraining, you need to make sure you have a regular #GymExerciseSchedule.

It is very easy to slip into basic mistakes in your #FitnessGymWorkout routine. Let us look into 7 basic #ExerciseMistakes to avoid on your road to better health through #EffectiveGymming:

Exercise Mistake #1: Confusing sweating for burning calories

Don’t mistake sweating for a good symptom of an effective #FitnessGymWorkout. Sweating is all water weight, which is replaced once you take in liquid again. Think of it as one of the #SideEffectsOfGym sessions.

 Exercise Mistake #2: Too much socializing, not enough exercising

Talking with gym buddies, results in very little time spent exercising. Focus on your workout, and gossip at the juice bar! These are not recommended #SideEffectsOfGym schedules.

 Exercise Mistake #3: Making gymming a mindless ‘routine’

Don’t lack for intensity at gym time – whether at the gym or your own #HomeGym. Just moving is not the same as #EffectiveGymming. Buckle down to the task at hand for the best #GymWorkout. Also work out for longer periods of time, increase weights and distance, cross-training, working out on an incline, and maximizing your body weight while working out, by using a weighted vest or ankle weights, for example.

 Exercise Mistake #4: Always training in the ‘fat burning’ heart rate zone

The training intensity on the cardiovascular machines in the so-called “fat-burning zone,” isn’t very high. It’s usually 65%-70% of your heart rate. But #EffectiveGymming is about intensity…the higher the intensity, the more calories you burn, not only while exercising, but after you leave the gym, when your body benefits from the “after-burn” mode.

 Exercise Mistake #5: Overestimating caloric expenditure

Don’t let the number on the screen of your cardio machine fool you. Without knowing, you sometimes lean on the bars of the machine – this is not #EffectiveGymming practice. If the machine says you’ve expended 500 calories, you could just be burning only 250.

Exercise Mistake #6: Not progressing/changing your program

When you do the same workout over and over again, the body has no reason to change. It’s also a challenge to get away from the machines and #GymExerciseSchedule that you feel comfortable with.

 Exercise Mistake #7: Spot reduction training

You cannot just lose fat from your abs or glutes. It is genetics is the primary factor in that determines where that body fat comes from. Just focus on burning calories through a well-balanced #EffectiveGymming training program.

Your #FitnessGymWorkout will work better as #EffectiveGymming practice, if you keep these points in mind. You may also supplement your routine with a range of natural & organic HealthSupplements from www.naturalmantra.com! Happy Gymming!!!

#HomeGym is good too

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#DadiKeNuskhe – Why are the age-old #HomeMadeBeautyTips from Grandma so eternal?!

 

 

You have often sat at your Grandmother’s knee and heard her tell you fantastic tales. She has also taken care of your health and happiness by making sure you follow her #NaturalBeautyTips that kept you looking young and glowing. Many of these tips have stood the test of time because they are natural, herbal and ayurvedic. Let’s look at some of them:Medicinal-Herbs

#BeautyTipsForFace

The following tips include precautions as well as #HomeRemediesForFairSkin:

  • Never step out into the sun without applying sunscreen lotion. Fresh aloe vera gel works better than any sunscreen.
  • Cleanse your skin everyday to ensure that dirt and grime does not stick on it.
  • Apply #HomemadeFacePacksForGlowingSkin like this daily night pack made with some almond powder + a strand or two of saffron + a bit of yogurt.
  • Another Home Remedy for smooth, clear skin is to mix equal quantities of almond oil and honey and apply on the face. Leave this pack to dry and then peel it off.
  • Apply a paste of neem powder and fresh turmeric rhizome on face before bath for glowing skin and to remove scars.
  • Grandma’s #HomeRemediesForFairSkin also include this Natural Homemade Skin Tonic for glowing body, face and skin: Put one handful of Neem leaves, about 10 Guava leaves, a handful of Tulsi/Basil leaves in a bowl with half liter of water, crush and mix them, and let steep overnight. Next morning, strain and squeeze the crushed leaves. Store for a couple of days. Then wash your cleansed face using the Natural herbal tonic.

Other #BeautyTipsForFace include using herbs – 

  • Neem has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which keeps your skin free of acne.
  • Guava leaves keep your skin tight and wrinkle-free. It works perfect for pimples too.
  • Tulsi leaves impart a glow to your skin and keeps it healthy.
  • Juice of Pudina (Fresh Mint) or paste of nutmeg (Jaiphal) cures pimples.
  • Raw Garlic is very helpful for Acne cure.
  • Pimples will disappear without scars when rubbed with Raw Garlic.
  • Tulsi or Basil Leaves mixed rose water on the face also does wonders.

#BeautyTipsForHair

  • Grandma’s tips include a Homemade Honey-Water conditioner recipe where an equal amount of organic honey and water is applied to your hair after shampooing and rinsed off after a while. Your hair turns out soft and beautiful.
  • The Homemade Mint-leaves/Green tea conditioner recipe gets you to take one cup of mint leaves or green tea and boil it with 3 cups of water for 15 minutes. Sieve it and rinse your hair with this solution after shampooing, wait for 2-3 minutes and wash it out for extra shiny hair.
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Do you have dark circles around your eyes that make you look tired and older than you are? Opt for Natural Granny Home Remedies to cure your dark circles and make you look younger than ever!
  • As a healthy routine start drinking 2 to 3 glasses of warm water daily, first thing in the morning.  You can include a few drops of lemon in it.
  • Take two tea bags, preferably green tea, and while hot, rest on eyes for 15 minutes.
  • Take some almond oil mix it with half of honey and apply it on dark circles in the night.
  • Another very helpful paste you can prepare with Flour, Orange Juice and with Honey. Rub this paste on edges of eyes where the dark circles are. Leave it again same for 15 min and wash it gently after it.
  • Two slices of Cucumber on your closed eyelids will cure all kind of eyes dark circle and give a younger look to your eyes.

Let us look at what Anti-Aging-Foods Grandma recommends: These include fruits for vitamins to fight the ageing of your skin and to build the elasticity that is essential for soft, supple, non-wrinkled skin.  Green leafy vegetables and salads are essential for skin repair; the vital oils in almonds and sunflower seeds nourish the skin, and Grandma also recommends a juice of tomato, carrot, ginger, mint and lauki that combines several vital vitamins with antioxidants to fight skin-damaging free radicals.

You can find many of these ingredients on the #Naturalmantra website, plus specially  prepared branded organic & natural beauty personal care products for your face, skin, hair and body!!! Just browse through the site and the links to take your pick of natural goodness!!!

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Destroy that Killer Mosquito – in 10 Natural Ways & More!

The dreaded diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Elephantiasis and many others that mosquitoes carry and spread can hardly be over-stressed. Everyone, especially in the monsoons, is bound to take extra-special Mosquito Control care, and protect themselves from insect and mosquito bites.

How to Reduce Mosquito Populations

Prevention & Protection is the first step. You can –

  • Empty stagnant water from containers to stop the mosquito breeding cycle
  • Use window and door screens
  • Cover yourselves while outdoors
  • Use mosquito nets on your bedsteads.

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Insecticides & Bug Repellents

But, Active Protection from mosquitoes is more important. People use insect repellents, or bug sprays, on their skin or clothing or other surfaces to repel insects. Insecticides can also be used  to control adult mosquitoes. Many of these products are chemical based, and cause allergic reactions in humans – coils and mats are also used widely.
For example, we know that burning mosquito coils generates smoke that controls mosquitoes effectively. But do you know that this smoke may contain pollutants that pose significant acute and chronic health risks. Do you know, burning one mosquito coil would release the same amount of toxic chemicals as burning 75-137 cigarettes!? Thankfully, there are a number of natural ways to get rid of this tiny killer!  And fortunately, Natural Mantra has a range of  Organic & Natural Mosquito Repellents to save you from this dire fate!

10 Natural Mosquito Repellents

Neem oil:  Neem is a potent antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral agent. Mixed in equal ratio with coconut oil, and applied, it lends your skin a particular smell that wards off mosquitoes.

Eucalyptus and lemon oil: An equal mixture of lemon oil and eucalyptus oil is effective in repelling mosquitoes from your skin – with both antiseptic and mosquito-repellent properties.

Camphor: Light camphor in a room and close all the doors and windows. Leave it this way for about fifteen minutes and your environment is mosquito-free for up to 8 hours!

Incense: Burning incense in your home not only permeates it with a pleasant fragrance, but keep mosquitoes at bay!

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Tulsi: According to Ayurveda, simply planting a tulsi shrub near your window is all you need to keep mosquitoes away.

Garlic: The strong and pungent odour of garlic prevents mosquito bites and even prevents them from entering your home.

Tea tree oil: Its odour helps prevent mosquitoes from biting you and drives them away. You can use it directly on your skin or add a few drops to a vaporizer.

Mint: According to studies, mint oil and mint extract are effective insect repellents. You can use it in a vaporizer to help fill the room with the scent of mint, apply the oil on your body or plant the shrub outside your window.

Lavender: The divine scent of this flower is often quite strong for mosquitoes making them unable to bite. Use lavender oil as a natural room freshener or apply it on your skin.

Citronella: Citronella oil, an essential oil extracted from lemongrass or Citronella Plant,  prevents mosquito bites efficiently. Just infuse this extract in a candle or use it in a vaporizer to help you stay mosquito-bite free.

You can either hunt for these oils all over, or you can log on to Natural Mantra’s site for a range of Organic Mosquito-repellents & Natural Mosquito Coils, dhoop sticks, gels, balms and creams, reed diffusers, candles and vaporizers to keep you mosquito, and disease free!

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How essential are Essential Oils to your Life?

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What are Essential Oils?

First off, they are not really ‘Oils’!  They are in fact the natural, distilled essence of plants that contain fragrant elements. Plus, they are not even ‘oily’! They are called ‘essential’ because they contain the unique fragrance of the plant they are taken from.

What is most attractive about essential oils, apart from their very obvious perfume, is that they are possibly the most potent source of natural medicinal inputs your medicine cabinet can have! They are also used in cosmetics & foods, but that’s another story.

As a firm believer in holistic living and a healthy lifestyle, you would really benefit from getting to know more about these ‘oils’.

Let’s look at some popular Essential Oils & their Uses

Natural Essential Oils are refreshing and fragrant. They are known to support the respiratory system and to soothe muscles after exercise. Used in potpourris, diffusers or in bath water, they also stimulate the brain and reduce stress and fatigue.

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Lavender Oil is used in perfume and in aromatherapy. It has a calming effect which aids in relaxation and is good in the treatment of respiratory infection.

Used in aromatherapy, Rose Oil has healing properties that include decreasing of blood pressure and breathing rate, which is good for stress and anxiety relief.

The exotic and sweet Jasmine Oil is great for a number of health uses including childbirth, depression, respiration and fertility!

Rosemary Oil is used in perfumes, as food flavoring and improves memory.

Its use as a tonic, tranquilizer and digestive aid makes Cinnamon Oil a very popular essential oil.

Frankincense Oil is a very healing essential oil used for depression, infection and to boost the immune system.

Peppermint Oil is a fresh boost to use in alleviating indigestion, colds, stress, headaches, low energy levels and sore muscles.

The strong, sweet, woody scented Eucalyptus Oil is used in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties uses.

As you can see, the uses of Essential Oils are many. They certainly make life much more painless and easier. If you do not have a good range of essential oil based products in your medicine chest, it’s time you looked to Natural Mantra’s treasure trove.

Check out our wide array of offerings – 15 different brands and over a 100 essential oil offerings & aroma candles at www.naturalmantra.com/!

Healthy Shopping!

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The Unquestionable Wisdom of Indian Heritage – Jai Hind!

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On the occasion of India’s 67th Independence Day, let us look back at India’s long and illustrious journey through the centuries. It’s long. And illustrious, yes! So let us focus on just  a few aspects of our heritage that touch our everyday lives and help us be #healthy, #happy, #sane & sorted people in this rushed bad, mad world!

Let us look at some traditional Indian practices we should go back to!

Eating with our hands

Indians traditionally use their hands to eat. Be it rice, roti or any other type of food. The benefits of the practice are that it is:

Great for your digestion

Keeps all the five elements of your body in concert.

The skin sends data to the brain about the temperature, texture of the food and this acts like a catalyst in the action of generating the necessary salivary juices.

Eating with the hands, one can verify the temperature of the food before and it can prevent one from burning of the mouth.

Hands behave as energetic cleansers when the food passes via hand to mouth. A similar kind of tradition is followed in many religions where people eat after placing their palms above the food.

Sitting on the floor and eating

Sitting on the floor and eating has a number of health benefits –

Aids in proper digestion

Improves your posture

Hastens your metabolic rate

Helps you lose weight, since you concentrate on the food & mindful eating

Strengthens the heart & improves circulation

Sitting cross-legged relaxes the mind & calms the nerves

Helps you bond with loved ones.

Ayurveda

It was the first science to highlight prevention as an important objective before cure of diseases. Food, shelter, sleep and sex are the  necessities of life and Ayurveda mentions the right quality and quantity of each of these parameters along with benefits. By introducing the concept of Dincharya (Daily Routine) & Ritucharya (Seasonal routine), Ayurveda emphasises the importance of maintaining health through following routine and not just taking necessary measures when disease strikes.

Yoga 

Yoga treats illness by addressing the root cause and preventing relapses. It has proven benefits in physical as well as psychological symptoms with regular practice.

Meditation

 The earliest scripture of meditation is available in the Vedas. Some experts even believe that it’s the capacity of meditation that allows a person to improve his focus and attention. It’s something that differentiates humans from animals. Today, people from all over the world practice and preach meditation

There are many other traditional Indian beliefs and practices, as well as a whole range of ayurvedic means and products to achieve your life goals. Check them out at http://www.naturalmantra.com. The Independence Week #TheFreedomSale is on right now, offering up to 68% discounts on the entire range of organic goods on the site!

Happy Independence Day!


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The Fundamental Goodness of Natural Sweetener Stevia – Loaded With Antioxidants, it Protects against DNA Damage

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Good news about Stevia, the #natural #sweetener!!!

Extracts from the leaf of the Stevia plant have been found to be high in #antioxidants that prevent the #DNA damage that leads to #cancer, says a new Indian study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.  (Researched at Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata). #Stevia #Rebaudiana is a South American shrub that grows in semi-arid areas of #Brazil and #Paraguay. The leaves of the plant have been used for decades as a sweetener, originally by the #Guarani people and more recently throughout #SouthAmerica and Asia.

Stevia is a powerful antioxidant

In the research on Stevia mentioned here, researchers found that it contains a number of antioxidants including #apigenin, #kaempferol and #quercitrin. The antioxidant activity of the extracts was tested by researchers who tested the extracts’ ability to protect DNA strands against damage by #hydroxide radicals. It only took 0.1 milligrams per liter of ethyl acetate extract to inhibit DNA strand damage. DNA damage has been linked to a variety of #diseases, especially #cancer,# reproductiveproblems and developmental defects. Halting DNA damage is also a key to longevity.

What is Stevia?

Since #refinedsugar is proved to be harmful, people are looking for healthy alternatives. There are many #low-calorie sweeteners on the market, but most of them are artificial. However, there are a few natural sweeteners out there that taste just as good. One of these is Stevia, a #sweetener that has become immensely popular in recent years. It is a 100% natural, #zerocalorie sweetener with a number of health benefits that have been confirmed in human studies.

In fact, Stevia has been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries. The two major sweet compounds found in stevia leaves are called #Stevioside and #Rebaudioside A. They are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar.

Apart from being a very natural tasting substitute for sugar, the other heath benefits of Stevia are as follows:

  • It is 100% Natural
  • It has no Calories
  • It can lower Blood Pressure
  • It may lower Blood Sugar Levels and help fight Diabetes.

Other health benefits include decreased oxidized LDL cholesterol, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, diuretic and immunomodulatory effects. In fact, Stevia has proved to have an outstanding safety profile with no adverse effects in the human studies and in actual usage too.

How can you use Stevia?

Stevia can be used in many ways. You can add it to your smoothie, yogurt, tea, coffee and other beverages. It is also a good sugar substitute for baking. When you use stevia in recipes, keep in mind that it is incredibly potent. 1 teaspoon of stevia extract can have a similar sweetening power as a whole cup of sugar.

Why Stevia

Stevia is safely consumed by millions of people around the world, with absolutely no adverse health effects. And compared to the dangers of #aspartame, #sucralose, #saccharin, and other chemical sweeteners, Stevia is by far the better choice. It is perhaps the only sweetener that is not just “not harmful,” but has actual health benefits.

Indeed, Stevia is truly the king of sweeteners!

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