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Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Whether you’re a salon regular or you couldn’t care less about your claws, you are sure to have heard some myths about nails. Considering they are such a small part of our bodies, it is hard to believe some of the nail myths.

Our nails are important to our health, they can protect our fingers and can improve the look of our hands. As there are a lot of myths about nail care it is important for you to know the truth and the facts.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Cutting Your Cuticles Is Harmless

Most of us don’t think twice before pushing back our cuticles or allowing a technician to cut them. Although we may not like their appearance, keeping our cuticles in tact is actually crucial to keeping our nails healthy.
Cuticles are part of your skin and are there to keep bacteria out and prevent infections. When you trim them away, you open up your skin and risk infection or nail problems instead of getting rid of your cuticles, moisturizing as much as possible in order to keep them soft. You wouldn’t want to take away your nail’s natural barrier against bacteria, fungal infections, and yeast.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted
2. Green Spots On Your Nails Are Fungi Or Mold

When it comes to assuming you’re going to need your finger amputated over a horrid green spot making itself at home on your nail, well, I’ve been there and done that. Contrary to popular belief, these green spots are not usually mold. Instead, the spots might be “pseudomonas,” a household bacteria that can form under your nail enhancement.
When bacteria become trapped between the nail plate and your artificial enhancements, this oxygen-free environment can cause pseudomonas to thrive. This pesky blemish may not be pleasing to the eye, but you can rest assured knowing that it’s a bacterial, and not a fungal, infection. Keep in mind that nail technicians cannot treat green spots, and you should visit a doctor for curing the infection.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted
3. UV Gels Are Better Than Acrylics

No matter how much anyone tells you that UV gels are much better than acrylics, it’s just not true. Both processes involve chemicals and complex processes to bond to the natural nail. Aside from breathing in the toxins, our skin and nails absorb what we put on them. Acrylics can cause more damage to the nail bed, leading to risks of infection, white spots, and rigid nails. But gels are no better. Setting them under UV lights opens skin up to risks that stem from this exposure, and soaking them in harsh chemicals can damage nail beds and cuticles.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted
4. White Spots Indicate Vitamin Deficiency

Perhaps one of the most common nail myths I’ve heard is that white spots on nails are signs of a calcium deficiency. More often than not, white marks are actually the result of nail trauma. I see a lot of women that have white spots caused by a bad gel or acrylic manicure, or their nails have been destroyed in the removal process. Picking, biting, using nail tools improperly, or any other injury to the nail causes these white spots. To avoid such marks, take extra care with your nails, especially after a rough manicure.
5. Nails Need To “Breathe”

As a salon regular, I’ve heard this phrase repeated oh so many times. While a break between enhancements is never a bad idea, your nails don’t actually need to “breathe” oxygen. “Nails get nutrients from our bloodstream and not the actual air. Still, you can stand to give them time to grow and rehydrate if you’re looking to repair damage caused by artificial claws.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Cold Water Dries Polish Faster

If I had a nickel for every time I ruined a fresh manicure within the first five minutes, I’d be a millionaire. Rumor has it that plunging your nails into ice water will dry your polish faster. If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Getting polish to dry requires evaporation of solvents, which can’t happen when your nails are submerged in water. The ice water may only harden the top layer of your polish, which will leave the underlying layers wet and prone to dents. Besides, if the ice water trick truly worked, wouldn’t they do it in salons?

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Eating Gelatin Strengthens Nails

Nails are made of the protein keratin, which may explain the misconception that eating gelatin, another type of protein, will strengthen them. However, there is no scientific proof to back up this claim. The same goes for applying topical gelatin to nails. To improve weak nails, taking a break from harsh chemicals and enhancements, and consuming balanced diet instead will definitely work.

  1. Nail Enhancements Damage Natural Nails

Your artificial enhancements themselves are not necessarily the sole cause of nail damage. It is true that the chemicals involved with enhancements take their toll on nail and cuticle health. However, the technique used to apply and remove them is at the root of the problem.
“If you go to someone who does not know what they are doing, or rushes through your services, or uses dirty tools or improper technique, then you are really in trouble. Rather than the cosmetic itself, improper and excessive filing, drilling, and soaking during application or removal process can harm our nails.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted
9. Adding Acetone To Clumpy Nail Polish Will Refresh It

You may have heard that adding remover to your old nail polish will revive it if it has become yucky and old. Well, guess again! Most removers contain acetone, which only ruins the formula of your polish. Nail polish thinner is the way to go to restore your lacquer back to its glory days. A thinner will evaporate the chemicals in your polish without breaking down the formula like acetone.

 

  1. Storing Polish In The Fridge Makes It Last Longer

There’s no need to crowd your refrigerator with your polish collection, because this trick won’t help you over time. The cooler temperature may prolong the shelf life of your polishes, but exposing them to extreme temperature changes may harm the formulation. Your polish eventually won’t apply smoothly when it’s going from the chill zone, to room temp, and back over again. Storing your polish tightly secured at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, is best.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted
11. Technicians Should Soak Your Nails Before A Manicure

When it comes to getting your nails done professionally, soaking before a manicure is a complete no no. Soaking will soften your nails, which you don’t want to do, so it’s best to go waterless. H2O can act as a breeding ground for bacteria, so skipping the pre-polish soak can also greatly reduce your risk for infection. As a bonus, this will help your polish last longer.
“Think of nails like a sponge. “When you soak them, they get waterlogged, so nail enamel can’t fully adhere. As your nails dry out, they pull polish, causing tiny fissures in the varnish that cause color to chip.” I think we can all agree that making our polish more prone to chipping is never the objective.

12.Any manicure cream can treat nail infections

Nail infections are a common problem. If you have a nail infection don’t use creams or ointments suggested by your friends or relatives as the wrong application might make it worse. Visit your doctor or dermatologist. Understand that it’s an infection and should be treated with a professional approach.


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Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

As promised, here is part two of Myths Busted. This time we are covering hair care.  We all know at least one woman in our lives with perfectly groomed, non-frizzy, salon-worthy hair that could have bounced straight out of a L’Oréal commercial.

Your precious mane deserves more than tall tales. Here are few myth busted by our in house  expert:

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

1.Brushing hair many times a day makes your hair healthier

This is now known as a risk to damage your scalp and follicular anatomy. Brushing pulls out hair that isn’t ready to fall out and also breaks healthy hair and scratches the scalp. Brush gently and only whenever required and that too by a good structured and smooth edged brush or comb.

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Stress does not affect hair health

New evidence proves stress is bad for hair health, so do take steps to reduce stress. Being stressed makes your hair fall out! When someone is under stress, hair can go into the telogen (fall-out) phase. Telogen effluvium is a very common hair loss problem that can occur up to three months after a stressful event.

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow faster.

Trimming your hair does not affect your hair growth but proper nutrition, good Hb levels and oiling (nourishing) your hair surely does!

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

4.Shampooing makes your hair shed

Don’t blame the shampoo! Your hair will simply fall our somewhere else of because of something else. People often lose hair in the shower so they associate shampooing with shedding. But do switch to organic / herbal ones rather than chemical loaded ones!

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

5.Colour treated hair is unhealthy

Bleaching indeed is one of the worst 5 things you can do to your hair but try using natural hair colours which do not affect your hair strands and follicle / scalp health. It is ok to color your hair.

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

6.Oil is no go if your hair is greasy

You need to apply oil to your hair regularly for nourishment even if your hair is greasy! Opt for nourishing oils with good ingredients like amla , almond, shikakai, jatamansi, henna, etc.


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Skincare Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Skincare Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

You have heard or been told a lot of skincare tips over the years. Skincare is important to us.

So, our in house expert is busting some common skincare myths and revealing the truth behind them.

Skincare Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Myth 1 – Lasers can make you look 20 years younger

Truth – There are many different types of lasers being marketed and they all do different things. Some help with sun spots, some help with wrinkles.Some go deep and activate collagen. It’s all marketed so much that people think it can make you a completely different person!

Skincare Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Myth 2 – Expensive skin products work best

Truth – This is so not true! Many mass market products are better than the expensive ones. Most of the active ingredients found in the anti ageing creams are similar whether they are sold by a local brand or an expensive brand
You can usually get something similar for a lot less.

Myth 3 – Its better to get the pus out of a pimple by popping it.

Truth – The truth is even though it feels really good to release the pus, a lot of it goes in deeper. It causes more inflammation that can lead to scarring and spread under the skin. That’s why you will get another one a few days later close to the first one. Its crucial that you do not pick your face. But if you absolutely cannot resist, be sure to do to right. Don’t squeeze and pop the pimple. Instead use a comedone extractor- an inexpensive tool you can purchase at most beauty supply stores. Apply firm pressure with the extractor and then roll it across the pimple to take it out.

Skincare Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Myth 4 – The higher the SPF in a suncreen, the better the protection.

Truth – There are 3 kinds of UV rays – UVA UVB and UVC.

UVA penetreates the skin fairly deeply and intereferes with your pigmentation to produce a tan.
UVB are primarily sunburn rays.
UVC are absorbed by the atmosphere and don’t make it to the ground.
The SPF on a sunsreen refers to the amount of protection the product offers against UVB rays.
Many sunscreen therefore need to offer protection from both UVA and UVB.
Always look for a SPF of atleast 15! Or broad spectrum suncreens that offer protection against both UVA & UVB.

Myth 5 – You do not need sunscreen on a cloudy day or when your wearing makeup with an SPF.

Truth – Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth’s surface.
so make sure you use sunscreen everyday and reapply it every 3-4 hours as well as after swimming and heavy sweating. Also, don’t fall prey to the myth that your are protected just because you are wearing makeup with SPF.
You would have to put on 14 t 15 times the amount of makeup that a normal person would wear to reach the SPF on the label of the makeup.
Make sure you use sunscreen in addition to your makeup.

Our in house expert is happy to answer any other question you may have on skin care.

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Stay tuned for more skin care and hair care myth’s being busted in our blogs.

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Say No Beauty Products With Chemicals

Say No Beauty Products With Chemicals

In a world ravaged with pollution and environmental factor damaging your skin, it’s hard to stay beautiful, retain clear skin without sans beauty enhancing products

The use of beauty products has come to full circle. In olden days people were using natural beauty products then we shifted to chemicals and now we are heading back to Mother Nature.

Say No Beauty Products With Chemicals

Here is a list of The Dirty Dozen ingredients that should be avoided:

1. Phthalates : ‘Dibutyl Phthalate

 What is it? : Phthalates can be easily absorbed by our skin.  It enhances the capacity of other chemicals to cause genetic mutations.

Why is it harmful? : It has been shown to cause developmental defects and is toxic to reproductionand can also harm the unborn and impair fertility.

2. Sulphates or Sodium Laurate(or Lauryl) Sulphate (SLS) 

What is it? : Primarily used as a foaming agent or detergent to be found in shampoos, facial cleansers, bubble bath products, household and utensil cleaning detergents.

Why is it harmful? : Depending on the manufacturing process it can work as a possible human carcinogen and can even harm the nervous system.

3. Paraben 

What is it? : Primarily used as a preservative, they are used as fragrance ingredients, not listed in your favorite perfume label.  Perfume recipes are considered trade secrets; hence the manufacturers are not obliged to disclose the ingredients. An estimated 75-90% of cosmetics contain this toxin.

Why is it harmful? : Parabens are easily absorbed by our skin. Parabens can mimic estrogen and has been detected in human breast cancer tissues. It is estimated that women are exposed to 50mg of parabens per day.

4. Formaldehyde 

What is it? :  These are primarily preservatives commonly found in cosmetics.

Look for: DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These ingredients slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde.

Why is it harmful? : Formaldehyde has a very sharp odor.  It is also blamed for allergic reactions in sensitive people.

5. BHA and BHT

What is it? : BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers and are also used as food preservatives.

Why is it harmful? : They can cause allergic reactions, liver, thyroid and kidney problems along with lung function impairment and problems in blood coagulation. Moreover, they mimic estrogen and can have an adverse impact on reproduction.

6. Coal-Tar dyes

What is it? : Coal tar-derived colorants are used extensively in cosmetics. P-phenylenediamine is used frequently hair dyes.  These dyes are generally identified by a five-digit Colour Index (C.I.) number.
Why is it harmful? : Coal tar is a carcinogen and dyes made from it have a high potential for causing cancer. These colours are sometimes contaminated with aluminium substrate which is toxic to the brain.

7. DEA compounds

What is it? : DEA (diethanolamine) and its compounds are used in moisturizers and sunscreens, while cocamide and lauramide DEA are found in soaps, cleansers, and shampoos to create more lather.

Why is it harmful? : These cause mild skin and eye irritation. Exposure to high doses of these chemicals has caused liver cancers and pre-cancerous changes in skin and thyroid in a few cases.

8. Fragrance/Parfum

What is it? : Apart from being used in perfumes and deodorants, they are used in nearly every type of personal-care product. Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity, alone or in combination. Over 3000 chemicals are used to manufacture synthetic fragrances.

Why is it harmful? : These are often unlisted ingredients that are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, andasthma symptoms and lead to asthma in children.

 

9. PEG compounds

What is it? : PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers and hence used for products requiring a cream base and also in laxatives.

Why is it harmful? : Ethylene oxide is a human carcinogen while 1, 4-dioxane – a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide harms the nervous system and causes developmental problems. They are also known to cause skin irritation and systemic toxicity.

10. Petrolatum

What is it? : Mineral oil jelly or petroleum jelly is used as a moisturizer and in hair-shine products.

Why is it harmful? : Petrolatum can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Exposure to PAHs is associated with cancer and skin irritation and allergies.

11. Siloxanes

What is it? : Cyclomethicone and ingredients ending in “siloxane” make hair products dry quickly and deodorant creams slide on easily.  They are also used extensively in moisturisers and facial treatments to soften and smoothen and in medical implants.

Why is it harmful? : Cyclotetrasiloxane and Cylcopentasiloxane —D4 and D5 — are endocrine disruptors, interfere with human hormone function and possible reproductive toxicants that may impair human fertility, cause uterine tumours and harm the reproductive and immune systems.

12. Triclosan

What is it? : Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. Also used in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds.

Why is it harmful? : It can pass through skin and is suspected of interfering with hormone function (endocrine disruption). Extensive use may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It can cause irritation to the skin and eyes.

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Coconut Oil Can Help Boost Your Energy and Support Your Heart

 

We were first told coconut oil’s saturated fat caused heart disease. Now we’re told coconut oil promotes weight loss. So what does coconut oil do?

Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats help in increasing the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. Increasing the HDL’s in the body, helps to promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease.

Each tablespoon of coconut oil provides 130 calories, this increase in metabolism can easily be offset if large amounts are consumed.

 

Have you envied the long jet black hair of your South Indian friends, the secret : “Coconut Oil” ofcourse.

Coconut oil benefits include skin care, hair care, weight loss,  improving digestion and immunity.

Skin Care: Coconut oil helps in preventing degenerative diseases like premature aging due to its well-known antioxidant properties. It also helps in treating various skin problems, including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.

Hair Care: Coconut Oil helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. It is also highly effective in reducing protein loss.

Weight Loss: Coconut oil helps to reduce abdominal obesity in women. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system.

Immunity: Coconut oil helps to strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Here are some uses for Coconut Oil:

  • Facial Highlighter: A tiny amount on your fingertip spread on top of your cheekbones after you’ve applied makeup, works to highlight and add an extra glow.
  • Massage Oil: The oil absorbs quickly, but not ultra fast, which means it keeps your hands slick when you’re giving a back massage. Did we mention that coconut oil smells amazing? Like a beach vacation? Because it does.
  • Body Balm: Mix coconut oil with Shea butter to treat yourself to your own massage that keeps your skin soft and smooth long after the rub is over.
  • Body Scrub: Add a little sugar to the oil and you’ve got an awesome, all natural, exfoliating and moisturizing scrub that rivals a spa experience.
  • Hand Moisturizer: You might not want to do this on-the-go. But at home, when you can wait for it to sink in, it works to keep your hands soft.
  • Lip Balm: Just a small amount applied to lips keeps them soft and kissable.
  • Cuticle Cream: Keep fungus and bacteria at bay, while also softening your cuticles, by rubbing it into them during manis and pedis.
  • Makeup Remover: This works fast, but be careful not to let it get to your eye. Just a bit on a cotton pad does the trick.
  • Facial Moisturizer:  This works best for normal skin types. If you’re not sure, try applying a thin layer of oil to your face, massaging it in and then rinsing it off with your cleanser.

Here are the different coconut oils available at NaturalMantra.com:

Vedic Delite Coconut Oil

Vedic Delite Organic Coconut Oil is rich in fatty acids, particularly Lauric Acid.

Rustic Art Organic Coconut Oil 200mL

A must have in every home! This oil is multi-purpose and can be used on skin as well as hair.

Conscious Food Cold Pressed Coconut Oil 500mL

Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil is good not only for the hair and skin, but maintains cholesterol levels, aids weight loss, increases immunity.

Coconut Oil and Honey Hair Mask

For this recipe, simply pour honey and coconut oil into a pan and heat it on a stove until it’s melted. Allow the mixture to be cool to the touch and then apply it on dry hair, split ends and scalp. Massage with your fingers and leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it out.

 

 


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The Health And Beauty Benefits Of A Body Scrub!

When we hop in the shower, most of us have a variety of hair and skin care products lined up along the ledge—everything from moisturizing shampoos to soothing shaving creams. But among all of those options, do you have a good body scrub? An essential for maintaining healthy, smooth skin, body scrubs are a must-have on your shower menu. The combination of cleansing, exfoliation and massage provides benefits that go beyond what a bar of soap can do.

Most of us who try to take good care of our skin remember to exfoliate our faces, but what about our bodies?

Exfoliating helps your skin look smoother and more youthful. But it’s not only the face that needs the benefits. You probably exfoliate your face regularly to get rid of buildup and have a fresh, glowing appearance. You can get the same benefits for the body when you exfoliate the rest of your skin.

You may wonder: is it really necessary?

Turns out that your body needs exfoliating just as much as your face. Without regular exfoliation, you can end up with clogged pores, which block moisture from getting into the deeper layers, and creating a hard, unattractive exterior. So to have the healthiest and smoothest skin possible, exfoliating is key.

Now the question is how to exfoliate? And we have the answer: Body Scrub!

Benefits of using a Body Scrub:

If you’re not using a body scrub then you’re missing out on a number of benefits that other skin care products don’t provide.

Body Scrub Benefit # 1 – Makes Skin Look Fresh And Rejuvenated

Essentially the benefits of using a body scrub are the removal of dead skin cells from the body and impurities, leaving you feeling fresh and your skin looking rejuvenated and revitalized.

Body Scrub Benefits # 2 – Makes Skin Look More Youthful

Exfoliating dead skin cells tends to remove the dull and lacklustre appearance of the skin. Using a body scrub regularly will help make your skin look more vibrant and youthful.

Did You Know:

Humans shed skin cells daily (anywhere from 11,000-23,000 skin cells an hour) and it usually takes about 27 to 30 days before new skin cells reach the top layer of the skin (stratum corneum). 

Body Scrub Benefits # 3 – Moisturizing Benefits

Benefits of body scrubs through the removal of dead skin cells as a result of exfoliation with a mild body scrub extend to moisturizing as it allows for the easy absorption of a skin moisturizer into the healthy skin. Ideally, the best body scrub is one that not only acts as a gentle exfoliant but moisturizes at the same time!

Body Scrub Benefits # 4: Improved Self Tanning

More and more people are using self tanners rather than increase their risk of skin cancer through exposure to the damaging effects of too much sun. The important thing to know here is that to achieve a realistic “fake” tan using a self tanner is to exfoliate with a gentle body scrub first. If you don’t do this to remove any dead skin cells then you run the risk of ending up with a blotchy look as the self tanner will darken areas where more dead skin cells accumulate (such as the elbows and knees). If you want a natural looking tan and you use a self tanner then using a suitable body scrub before applying the tanning product is essential.

How to Use a Body Scrub

If your skin is healthy and firm, you can use a shower scrub up to three times a week. But if you have sensitive or thin skin, limit a good buffing to once a week.
Hold off on running the water in the shower and spend a few minutes using your hands or scrubbing tool to rub your scrub in circular motions onto dry skin for full and longer-lasting coverage. Turn on the water and rinse, using your hands to help remove any remaining granules. If you’re short on time, massage the scrub all over your body and rinse during your normal shower routine.

Be careful not to over scrub. Though your body skin is heartier than the skin on your face, it is susceptible to irritation. Always moisturize after you’ve dried off for smooth, nourished skin.

How to Get the Best Results Of A Body Scrub

Not all body scrubs are good for you or the environment. Some body scrubs contain harmful chemicals and even use small plastic beads as the exfoliating agent. You want a natural body scrub that won’t harm you and that is eco- friendly. Body scrubs are washed off, go down the drain and end up in the environment so be conscious of the footprint you leave behind!

For this purpose it is necessary that you use an organic body scrub. Wondering how & where to find it? Here we have a wide range of organic body scrubs that you can purchase online in India.

Buy organic body scrubs online here:

Puro Chocolate Vanilla Body Scrub: This deliciously fragrant body scrub is designed to gently exfoliate and remove dead surface skin cells while revealing soft, smooth and radiant skin without drying.

Maduban Naturals Pomegranate Face & Body Scrub: ‘Maduban Naturals’ brings you an unique face & body scrub made up of fresh whole fruit extracts of pomegranate, papaya in combination with high quality oats. It is an intensive cleansing, exfoliating & rejuvenating fruit scrub which leaves your skin deeply cleansed and radiant.

TVAM Face Scrub Body Polisher: This delicious 100% Pure Almond & Honey Body Scrub instantly makes your skin soft, smooth, healthy, glowing, and vibrant. The scrub is highly concentrated with skin nourishing ingredients and Apricot & Walnut Shells.

SOS Organics Apricot Face Scrub: SOS Organics Apricot Face Scrub gently cleans delicate skin on the face with wild apricot kernels that have been gently hand pounded & then steeped in glycerine & scented with essential oils of healing cedarwood. Each jar is 50 grams.

Try this homemade scrub:

¼ cup olive oil
½ cup white or brown sugar
½ cup ground oatmeal (or coffee grounds for a more invigorating scrub)
1-3 drops essential oil (try lavender, almond, citrus or peppermint oils)

Whisk together all ingredients and pour into a mason jar or other airtight container. Use just a quarter-sized amount at a time, storing the scrub in a dry place for up to three weeks.


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The Many Nutritional Benefits of Pulses!!

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Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Pulses grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Pulses are annual crops that yield between one and 12 grains or seeds. The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely as dry grains, which differentiates them from other vegetable crops that are harvested while still green.

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You probably already eat more pulses than you realize! Popular pulses include all varieties of dried beans, such as kidney beans, lima beans, butter beans and broad beans. Chick peas, cowpeas, black-eyed peas and pigeon peas are also pulses, as are all varieties of lentils.

Staple dishes and cuisines from across the world feature pulses, from hummus in the Mediterranean (chick peas), to a traditional full English breakfast (baked navy beans) to Indian dal (peas or lentils).

Between 2010 and 2013, 173 different countries grew and exported pulses.

Pulses are healthy, nutritious and easy to cook with. Growing pulses also promotes sustainable agriculture, as pulse crops help decrease greenhouse gases, increase soil health, 
and use less water than other crops.

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DID YOU KNOW:

Pulses have a long, rich history. The first evidence of pulses comes from 11,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, a region in the Middle East which was home to some of the earliest human civilizations.

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Why are they important crops?

Pulses are essential crops for a number of reasons. They are packed with nutrients and have a high protein content, making them an ideal source of protein particularly in regions where meat and dairy are not physically or economically accessible. Pulses are low in fat and rich in soluble fibre, which can lower cholesterol and help in the control of blood sugar. Because of these qualities they are recommended by health organizations for the management of non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart conditions. Pulses have also been shown to help combat obesity.

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Who should eat pulses?

Everyone can benefit from eating pulses. Pulses are high in fibre, complex carbohydrates and low in fat. These nutrients make pulses an important part of any healthy diet and can help maintain a healthy weight.

Pulses have additional benefits for people who:

  • Are overweight
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood cholesterol levels
  • Tend to be constipated
  • Have celiac disease
  • Are vegetarians

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Pulses are very high in fibre. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibres. Soluble fibre helps lower blood cholesterol levels, while insoluble fibre helps with digestion as well as maintaining regular bowel movements. Fibre-rich foods like pulses are often more filling than other foods, helping to keep you full until your next meal.
Make sure to drink enough water when adding high fibre foods like pulses to your diet!

Everything that glitters is not GOLD!!

Ever wondered how those pulses got their sheen? Well, before getting to the stores these pulses undergo a multi-step process of polishing that involves processing with water, oil, marble powder and leather. The process not only smoothen the surface, but also adds a shiny coating.

Polished dal versus Unpolished Dal

  1. Having lost its outer surface polished dal is inferior to unpolished dal in their taste.
  2. For the same reason polished dal takes longer to cook, thus adding to fuel consumption in a long run.
  3. The polishing agents used can be harmful to our health. The oil coating adds additional fat to the food, the water used comes from unreliable sources thus can contain any kind of impurities, and marble and soapstone powder are undoubtedly harmful to the intestines.
  4. Through the polishing process dal loses a lot of nutrients and fibres, thus polished is not only less nutritious but also harmful.
  5. In cases where dal isn’t sold for a long time, old stocks are usually sent back for re-polishing and then resold. Imagine what such a food would do to your health.

So after knowing what can be beneficial & what can be harmful for your health, you sure must be planning to adapt to the unpolished one’s. So you must even be wondering how & where you can buy them? Don’t worry, here’s the solution. You can buy them online here. You don’t even need to get out of your home, you can just get them to your door step. Checkout a few of the variants that are available online here:-

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This dal is full of Vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. It is often advised by dieticians to replace fatty foods with Moon dal as it is a weight loss food that is rich in proteins and fibre, so one feels fuller after having a bowl of dal for a long time and curbs your cravings. Along with weight loss, moon dal it also benefits the metabolism, immune system and protects against fatal diseases.

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This Tur Dal is very nutritious and has numerous health benefits due to, way it is grown ie it is grown on barren land on mountains slope so that plant absorb all mineral present in mointainous soil . It cures cough, poisoning effect, gas troubles, acidity, stomach pain and piles. It makes a balanced meal, quells swelling of internal organs. It is useful in the treatment of internal organ swelling.

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Chitra rajma is grown in the foothills of Himalayas. They are known as Chitra or picturesque because of the intricate shading/design on these beans. These beans are very famous and special in Kashmiri cuisine. They better then the regular rajma and very soft texture and more subtle taste. These are white in color.

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Deccan Organic Chana dal is high in fibre and helps to lower cholesterol. Apart from having a great taste, it also has a very low glycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes.Chana dal is a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein. So we ensure that our chana Dal is unpolish so that it retain its naturally occuring mineral and rich in flavour and aroma.

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Urad dal, also known as white lentil or black lentil is a kind of bean that is grown in the southern parts of Asia. It is native to India where its cultivation is highly valued due to is numerous benefits. The black lentil is boiled and consumed whole or ground into paste or flour. It is extensively utilized in various culinary preparations such as dosa, papad and vada.

So here is a delicious DIY recipe which i think everyone will surely want to try:

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MIXED PULSES CURRY / DAL

Ingredients:

2 cups Mixed pulses – white and black chana / chickpeas, moong / whole green gram, rajma / kidney beans, dried chawali /blackeyed beans, white and green peas – soaked overnight. Pressure cook with 1/2tsp of turmeric powder till one whistle goes off and then reduce the flame and cook for another 10 minutes. Pulses should be soft.

To grind:

  • 1 tbsp chopped Onion
  • 1/4 inch Ginger – chopped
  • 1 Garlic – chopped
  • 6Green chili – chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tblsp Coriander leaves

To cook:

  • 1 ½ medium Onion – sliced
  • 1 medium Tomato – chopped
  • 1 tsp Dhania / Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi /Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp Lime juice

Directions:

Grind the garlic, ginger, onion, cumin seeds, green chilies and coriander leaves to a paste. Keep aside.
Heat some oil in a pan, and then add the sliced onions. Fry till it is almost golden brown.
Then add the green paste. Fry for another 2 minutes. Now add the tomato and fry till the oil separates.
Add the coriander powder. Fry for another 2 minutes. Now add the cooked pulses and water.
When it comes to a boil add the Garam Masala powder. Boil for another 2 minutes. Pour the lime juice and take off the gas.
Garnish with coriander leaves and some chopped onions.
Serve with rotis

Discover a tasty, nutritious and versatile food…pulses, enjoyed by many cultures around the world for centuries.