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Green Home Cleaning Tips and Products

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Cleaning the floor can be the most woeful of chores—and most of us wouldn’t mind a small miracle to ease the agony. Unfortunately many of the conventional cleaning products that promise an easy and sparkling floor, are terrible for our health and the environment. We can’t provide a fairy godmother here, but we can show you how to clean your floors without compromising your health.
If you use conventional cleaning products on your floor, well, think of it as swishing and swashing potentially toxic chemicals across the largest surface area of your home. Also consider this an Environmental Protection Agency study showing indoor levels of pollutants (like formaldehyde, chloroform, and styrene) ranging from 2 to 50 times higher than outdoor levels—much of it from conventional cleaning supplies. Some floor cleaners include a surprisingly toxic ingredient list—people exposed to the heavy-duty cleaners often experience eye irritation, dizziness, loss of concentration, fatigue, wheezing, coughing, asthma attacks, respiratory infections, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

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Smart” Floor Maintenance Tips
The key to minimizing the need for cleaning formulas is good regular maintenance. Dirt on the floor can abrade the surface making the floor even harder to clean. Here are some “smart” techniques that reduce the need for cleaning:
• Place doormats at the entrances (called walk-off mats, will reduce not just dirt but lead and pesticides).
• Ask that shoes be removed at the entrance.
• Plan regular sweeping, vacuuming or dust-mopping.

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Did You Know..??

Floor cleaners that give you shine also give you off-gassing of petroleum-based polymers. In addition, most of the fragrance that accompanies conventional floor cleaners are either indoor air pollutants on their own, or are inert on their own but mix with ozone to create formaldehyde and other toxic air contaminates.

Ever read the ingredients in regular floor cleaners,  and other floor cleaning products.? Not what I want my little one crawling around to get affected by! The great news is that Natural Organic floor cleaning solutions are incredibly great substitutes to them.

A growing number of commercial non-toxic home cleaning products are also available, as healthier and environmentally responsible alternatives. Your use of these organic floor cleanser helps promote the growth of green businesses which are contributing to a sustainable economy.

How to make ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER at home:

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  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 gallon (1 liter) hot water
  • A few drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Combine the ingredients, stir, and let cool for a few minutes before pouring into a spray bottle. Tea tree essential oil has antiseptic properties, making it a winner for cleaners. But my favorite aromas come from orange, lemon, and lavender essential oils. Use and enjoy!

We found this receipe here

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What are the Benefits of Green Cleaning?

The benefits associated with green cleaning are numerous and varied. Specifically, green cleaning products have been found not only to be safe for individuals who use them on a daily basis, but also for the environment in which they are often released. In addition, green cleaning products can often be a cost-effective alternative to more expensive, traditional products. Finally, unlike some other products, green cleaning items are often multi-purpose, and can be used for a number of functions around the home or office.

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1. Non-toxic cleaners are perfectly safe around children.
It’s a relief that kids can be around, no problem, when you’re cleaning without chemicals. The toddler and preschooler crowd loves to hang around the parents, so it’s perfectly fine for them to follow you and “help” as you scrub the bathroom counters.

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2. Non-toxic cleaners keep the air you breathe clean.
Most store-bought cleaners are full of toxic chemicals. After all, why would most of them have so many warning labels about not breathing in the fumes? That can’t be good.air quality inside many homes can be two to five times more polluted than the air just outside our homes. Traditional household cleaners play a huge factor.

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3. Non-toxic cleaners are much, much cheaper
Most basic cleaning recipes require the same basic ingredients, and they can be found in just about every grocery store.  It’s even cheaper when you buy the ingredients in bulk.

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4. Non-toxic cleaners don’t harm the environment.
Conventional cleaners easily seep into our water, and it’s difficult for many water treatment plants to treat a large volume of these chemicals. Built up over time, and this can affect wildlife and other natural resources. Many cleaners are also petroleum-based, which causes further damages.

How and Where to Shop for Organic or Green Cleaners

Years ago, finding high-quality commercial cleaners was quite difficult. With today’s trend towards “greener” cleaning techniques, however, the sale of these items in grocery and home improvement stores has increased quite dramatically.

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Completely Natural Cleaner which is Cost-effective and an Environmentally-friendly alternative for cleaning Floors, Tiles and Surfaces.  Very Cost-effective (approximately quarter of the cost) compared to other cleaners – only a few drops required per liter of water. A 60ml bottle lasts a normal house at least 3-4 months

Now after you have cleaned your home naturally & organically, its time to decorate it. As Diwali is approaching, we all are obviously very excited about the look and presentation of our house. We want that beautiful rangoli at our entrance also to be organic & chemical free. Then when we have guests coming in, who doesn’t want their house smelling pure and divine.

So, Don’t Worry..!!

Here are few Natural & Organic home decorating products you can shop from the comforts of your home:

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The health benefits of Vanilla Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antioxidant, aphrodisiac, anticarcinogenic, febrifuge, antidepressant, sedative, tranquilizing and relaxing substance.

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Fill your surroundings with the gentle notes of Rose. Whether it is your cupboard, bedroom, living room or car, this Aroma Pouch with Bottle will spruce up any space.

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Lavender oil has this yummy, fresh floral scent with a dash of sweetness and herby aroma. These are used with the aroma lamps in Offices, Hotels & Homes also . This is also a great scent to use for savasana during yoga practice; one breath and you’ll feel blissful. These allow you to naturally inhale the specific aromas while breathing. Aroma essential oils help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and tension, thus improving and uplifting the mood.

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They are handcrafted with natural vegetable wax, an environmentally friendly resource. Natural wax candles, unlike regular candles, burn without emitting harmful toxins

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This Organic Rangoli Colours is made from organic herbs. Organic nature of these herbal Rangoli Colours make them additionally useful and extra safe.

Have a Safe & Organic Diwali..!!

 


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Celebrate Mother’s Day With Beautiful Eco-Friendly Gifts

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Mothers are the human beings that should be celebrated every day. It so happens that we forget the magnificent achievements of mothers in our daily routine. Her contribution to our lives cannot be rewarded in any other way than our love. If a small token of affection is added to this, it will make Mother’s Day that much special. It is a tradition that is almost 108 years old and is meant for the woman who is a caregiver, a teacher, a manager; only the few duties that she performs on the go while making sure that her children have the best. While one day is not enough to appreciate such an important person, however Mother’s Day gives us this special chance to pamper her to the fullest. Just A beautiful mother’s day card with a heartfelt message can win her heart, as they say but this year we recommend you to walk that extra mile to embrace her, lover her more and more!

Make this day exceptional by adding one of the many small gifts mentioned below, coupled with a special Mother’s Day message.

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1Indie Eco Candles

Candles signify more than just home decor accessories. They dispel darkness and bring light and growth into our lives. A mother is no less than a candle, and these aromatic organic candles will certainly be the perfect gift for her. This assorted pack of 4 candles with no harmful toxin emissions can be lighted in any corner of the room to brighten up the area. Additionally, the scent of essential oils like cinnamon with a hint of orange, jasmine, vanilla cream, and lemongrass will relax every stressed mother from the inside.

2. Maduban Naturals Handmade Pomegranate Chocolates          

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It is not just the children who deserve to be pampered with chocolates, but mothers do too. Though in the latter’s case, it is the taste and health that have to be kept in mind as she did for all our meals. Maduban Natural’s premium dark chocolates are rich with pomegranate fruit extract, fruit bits and nuts, which form a tasty as well as healthy snack for every mom-on-the-go. Its health contributions like ant ageing properties and iron content will make it a thoughtful and essential gift.

3. Omved Aromatherapy Health Massage Oil Set

It is an everyday task to be a mother with no time to relax. For such frantic moments, aromatherapy works like magic to ease out all the stress. This product containing various aromatherapy massage oils captures all the charm in one box to make sure that stress disappears in a jiffy. Massaging or inhaling these oils work just perfect for the tired out moms. The blended oils relax the nervous system and further helps to calm the mind that is always running high gear. It gets them rejuvenated with gorgeous skin and a peaceful night sleep enjoying the most relaxing oil therapy.

4. Wild Earth Indulgence Gift Set

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A mother’s day should always begin with a soothing combination of love and care. These handmade natural bath gift sets, each comprising of natural soaps, organic shampoo and lotion will provide with the same. The vanilla coffee loofah is a unique soap that will scrub away the dead cells revealing a supple skin for summers especially. The embedded loofah slowly removes all non-essentials away. The soothing Ylang Ylang soap is loaded with calming notes that can chase away every wandering thought. The Rose Honey Face and Body wash keeps the skin smelling with the freshness of roses while the Almond Saffron Body Lotion helps to make the skin glow.

5. Soulflower Hair care Hamper Set

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She has groomed us to be the beautiful little souls that we are, so why not indulge her with this hamper of hair care. It is a pack of massage oils with each one having their own unique caring properties formulated specially for a mother’s hair. The refreshing lavender massage oil will help promoting healthy hair, which is thick from the roots. Soulflower cold pressed jojoba carrier oil will help control any frizz while the rosemary essential oil will help distress the mind, reduce exhaustion and lethargy. Together, this hamper will provide your mother the care as well as the compliments she always deserved.

 6. Energy Booster Pack

Finally, it is time the backbone of the family had her pack of strength. Everyday stress takes away a lot of calcium from the system and as women age the body has problems retaining this element naturally. The supplements provide women with the essential calcium, and the bones absorb its CAL-VITA complex easily, which eliminates degenerative diseases like Osteoporosis. As motherhood is a job with no holidays it is essential that we take extra care of this genius member of our family and make sure she is as healthy as she can be. After all, a healthy mother is what makes a healthy family.

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You can buy special gift sets on the occasion of Mother’s Day at www.naturalmantra.com

 


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Let’s Play, with Organic Holi Colours!

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Holi is right round the corner, and yeah, all of us love this festival of cheer, gaiety and colours, don’t we?

Wait a moment… The rising water scarcity in most regions of India and the awful colour hazards have dissuaded people to celebrate this festival, unlike the earlier times!

Nonetheless, we can still celebrate the festival of cheer, not with water though but with an alternative of replacing readymade perilous colours with organic holi colours. We could keep ourselves far remote from immersing in water, and instead smear each other with natural vibrant colours.

Beware of Chemical Colours

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As opposed to other festivals, Holi is one occasion where the clothes, matching accessories, make-up and brands don’t matter at all. However, one thing that does matter is the quality of the colours being used because a moment of incautious fun may amount to a lot of skin trouble later.

According to doctors, chemical colours have solvents such as tetrathyline, lead, benzene and aromatic compounds that can lead to dry skin. Dark colours like red, black and green have a high content of mercury sulphite, lead oxide and copper sulphate, which could cause skin ailment. Many are not aware of the harm chemical colours can cause. You may also develop rashes and allergy, hair could turn brittle and dry if not washed immediately after the colour is applied.

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The best possible way to enjoy Holi, without facing any risk posed by chemical colours, is to buy organic holi colours, which are made from extracts of flowers, tree barks and leaves. They do not cause any harm when in contact with the skin. Organic colours have a smooth and soft undertone, which when applied on the skin does not have any ill-effects.

Did You Know?

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The ancient India was completely aware of the benefits of the fragrant natural colours for our skin and health, and furthermore they ornamented its therapeutic value. The ingredients of Gulal were purposely chosen for their emollient qualities. In Vrindavan, Holi is still played with actual flower petals handpicked for its fragrance and colour such as rajnigandha, marigold and rose.

This Holi, Go Organic!

Today, it is hassle-free to buy Organic Holi Colours online or even at stores spread across the city. In the past few years, the awareness to use natural and organic colours has gone up immensely, due to its main advantage of being non-toxic and skin-friendly. An added benefit is that, these colours carry a natural fragrance to them and are available everywhere in different packages, carrying varied quantities.

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If you are wondering about the main components of natural and organic colours, in place of the heavy metal and oxide content, we have the answer for you:

  • Organic and herbal gulal is made from organic & natural herbs. The organic nature of herbal gulal makes it additionally useful and extra safe.
  • Green – is made from arrowroot powder mehndi leaves with natural fragrance.
  • Yellow – made of arrowroot powder, organic turmeric & natural fragrance.
  • Red gulal is made of arrowroot powder, red rose, roli, pomegranate & natural fragrance.
  • Orange gulal is made of arrowroot, Tesu flower, marigold and natural fragrance.
  • Pink gulal is made of arrowroot powder, pink rose & natural fragrance.
  • Indigo – is made of arrowroot powder, blue orchid flower & natural fragrance.

Preparing organic colours at home is another option to keep away from skin and hair problems. If one wants to enjoy Holi without the risk posed by chemical colours, try home-made natural colours like haldi which gives the yellow colour; it can be mixed with besan or gram flour to increase the volume. Flowers like marigold or yellow chrysanthemums can also be crushed to get yellow colour. Henna and leaves of gulmohar can also be dried and powered to get a nice green, and dried rose petals can be substituted for red.

Skin Care Tips for Easy Removal of Colours

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  • While playing Holi wear dark coloured clothes. This makes cleaning easier with less water usage as well.
  • Apply coconut oil on hair which acts as a protecting agent and prevents colours from penetrating deep inside the hair.
  • To prevent nails from being stained, coat it with a dark nail polish.
  • Moisturise your skin with organic creams or oil. The thick layer formed will not let the colours seep deep. Protect your face with sunscreen and lips with organic lipbalm.
  • Before heading for a bath, use a mix of gram flour, milk cream and a bit of lemon juice to fade the colours. You could also use wheat flour and oil on lemon wedges to remove colour. You can then indulge in a quick wash. For hair, use jojoba or coconut oil to remove colour. Use a face wash and then water to rinse your face.

Environmental Awareness Amongst People

Gradually, more and more Indians are choosing to turn to a more organic and less wasteful way of playing Holi. By using safe, natural colours we not only save our skins but also help save our environment and conserve our biodiversity. When these colours percolate into the soil and water they do not add toxicity to our blue planet, and cause no harm to the myriad life forms that live in the soil and water. Thereby, we also popularise the diverse plants and trees that give us these colours, and live life the Natural Way.

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So here’s wishing you all a Happy and Safe Holi!

Buy Organic Holi Colours online at www.naturalmantra.com and have them shipped to your door!

 


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Celebrate Womanhood, the Natural Way!!

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Women of the 21st century are independent, liberated and progressive than women from the previous era. They have been redefining gender roles and claiming more power to themselves in various walks of life. Women are proving that they could be leaders in all aspects, thereby demonstrating their potentials to the fullest. Although, what most of them have been missing in all this progress is a little care towards themselves and their own body. Between hectic work schedules and taking care of yourself, you probably already have plenty of reasons to pamper yourself and unwind.

So today on International Women’s Day, we are going to discuss 7 easy yet blissful ways to make you feel spoiled, overindulged and treated.

  1. Give Yourself a Foot Massage

Reflexology is an ancient alternative therapy believed to help you heal your body and your mind. The underlying methodology is that each area of your foot relates to a specific body part and by massaging your feet, you can positively impact the rest of your body. During the massage, you’ll be able to feel any cricks or burs under the skin. These are the areas you should focus on to improve your health.

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And at the very least, a good foot massage will leave you with a pampered smile, because it just plain feels awesome.

  1. Use Essential Oils in the Bath

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If you follow a hectic schedule day in and day out, probably you don’t get enough time to relax in the bath. Nothing can beat a long hot bath when it comes to relieving stress. It can also boost your mood, induce sleep, and relax your achy muscles. Bathing with essential oils is one of the most relaxing ways to attend to your ablutions, and is great for your skin.

  1. Detoxify

It is advisable to include a combination of deep cleansing and moisturiseration ration of the skin coupled with massage and heat. Body treatments and scrubs as well as facials rid the skin of impurities by incorporating cleansers, scrubs, and steam to soften the skin. Massage also helps the body release toxins and detoxify. Purifying your body through detox helps boost your immune system and leads to a healthier life.

  1. Care for your Skin

Using organic products will renew your skin to give you a healthy and youthful glow. All you need is a basic cleanser, toner, moisturiser, and broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep your skin in tip-top shape. It also helps maintain the health of your skin to diminish the signs of ageing, and they treat acne and breakouts.

Quick Tip:

 How to prepare and apply Face-mask?

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Clean your face thoroughly, preferably with a natural steam treatment, then make a mask by mixing 3 tablespoons honey with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and massage it into the skin. Leave the mask on for approximately 15 minutes, then rinse it off and dab a rose water-soaked cotton wad on the skin to clean it completely.

This gentle hydrating and cleaning mask will free your skin from all the toxins and stresses of everyday life.

  1. Pamper your Hair with Fresh & Natural Ingredients

Your hair experiences a lot of strain every day. This is why it needs protection and loving care. There are many fresh ingredients in our kitchen that can do wonders in treating our hair and scalp! Just like you get a cleanup done for your face, a hair spa at home might also help enhance the quality of your hair by keeping it well-nourished and pampering it to an extent.

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Quick Tip:

Before you shampoo your hair:

  • Mix a cup full of Virgin Olive Oil, 5 teaspoons of honey and 10 drops of Herbal Oil.
  • Apply generously and distribute evenly. Detangle with fingers.
  • Leave for minimum of 3 minutes.
  • Shampoo your hair twice using your Moisture Shampoo.

After shampooing your hair:

  • Blend an avocado with natural yogurt and mix together with your Intensive Conditioning Mask
  • Apply generously and distribute evenly. Detangle with fingers.
  • Leave in for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse out lightly before sealing in moisture with 3-9 drops of Herbal Oil whilst hair is wet
  1. Eat a Wholesome Breakfast

 Savour on the special day, these nutritious morning meals that are quick to prepare. Enjoy them at home or as you’re sprinting out the door. Here are a few recipes:

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Breakfast Quinoa Bites

Here’s a new way to enjoy quinoa: make mini quinoa breakfast quiches.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 eggs, 1 cup your favourite veggies (spinach or zucchini work well), 1 cup shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Portion it into a lightly greased mini muffin tin, and bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes. These are easy to bring along and delicious to enjoy warm or cold.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are a perfect on-the-go snack any time of day. Blend 1 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk, and a few ice cubes. Add a scoop of your favourite chocolate or vanilla protein for an extra protein boost.

Yogurt With Grapes and Granola

Ingredients:

2 cups plain low-fat yogurt

1/2 cup halved seedless red and green grapes

1/2 cup granola

 Directions:

Divide the yogurt between 2 bowls. Dividing evenly, top with the grapes and granola.

  1. Have a DIY Beauty Day

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Just pick up a soothing body moisturizer, a hair treatment and a new facial product. You can choose one product to absolutely splurge on so it adds an extra level of decadence to the day. Then, scratch everything else out of your diary but beautifying.

 

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