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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.

 


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Newborn Baby Food & Health Care

welcome-newborn-baby-happy-family-card-design-58239987A common question that parents often ask after the birth of their baby is, “When can I give my newborn food?”

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Once your infant arrives, be prepared for lots of unsolicited advice from friends, relatives, and even strangers. Some of the advice will be good, but you’ll definitely need to learn to disregard outdated advice that may go against your pediatrician’s recommendations.

One of the often controversial subjects that you may encounter is feeding your baby. Well-meaning friends or relatives may tell you to begin giving your infant baby cereal to help him sleep through the night. Others may advice starting your infant on solid foods at 2-3 months of age. These are the advice that you should not follow for a number of reasons.

  • Your baby is not mature enough to grasp the concept of eating solid foods.
  • Your baby’s digestive system may not be able to adjust to the digestion of solid foods without causing discomfort.
  • Your infant could develop food allergies if started too early on solid foods.
  • Your infant should be receiving all the nutrients he or she needs from formula or breast milk in the first 4-6 months of life.

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After 6 months of breastfeeding your baby, every parent is excited to enter the next growth phase, as well as worried about how and what solid foods to be introduced to their babies. A ton of questions run in our minds, like what should they eat, in what quantity, what if they don’t like the taste, how frequently should I feed them etc. In this blog, we will cover a few basic guides to introducing organic baby foods that should help you all get started without the worry!

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What foods should they start with?

A 6+ month baby is still developing its digestive system, building new enzymes, acids, getting stronger muscles etc. So we should ideally start with organic foods that are easy to digest and not heavy on the stomach. Such foods are fruits like ripe bananas, guava, papaya, watermelon etc.  Slowly, you can also start with steamed vegetables like potatoes, beans, cauliflower, carrots etc. Steaming is the best way to retain max nutrition within the vegetable.

In most cultures, they also start with sprouted grains like millets and rice. Soaking and sprouting increases the nutritive value and also makes it very easy to digest. Sprouted Ragi or Finger Millet is one of the most nutritious foods for babies as its 10 times richer in calcium than other grains. If your baby likes ragi, please do try and feed foods based on this grain at least 3-4 times a week. You can make porridges, soft dosas, ragi laddoos, ragi seviyyan etc.

Try to procure locally grown, organic fresh fruits, vegetables, grains. Do ensure you procure them from either a trusted farmer / manufacturer or organically certified brand.

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The benefits of introducing organically grown foods

Crops grown with the help of pesticides and chemicals are firstly toxic, as its residue always enters the food which we directly consume. The other important point is, plants don’t get a chance to naturally develop a strong immune system as all the chemicals destroy the pests externally. You can call it a lazy plant, as they don’t reach the full potential because of all the external help. Because of this, the nutrition value, anti-oxidants that naturally protects the plant reduces.

Remember, you are helping build a new body of your baby. So try as much as possible to build it from the best organic foods you can get.

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What form should I introduce these foods?

Most moms immediately begin to completely mash foods to form a puree to feed your baby. At 6 months, your baby needs to start to form the reflexes to chew food. Have you not seen your baby try and pick everything on the ground to chew? They may not have teeth but have strong gums.

So finely chopped fruits or boiled vegetables that your baby can slowly chew will be a good start.

Juices, porridges, dosas, idlis, kheer, halwa, rotis. The more textures you introduce the better. All forms of organic baby food can be introduced slowly.

Hand mash everything you make and stay away from the mixer or blender to convert foods to a puree.  The puree habit, will still make them expect soft foods that are in a consistency to swallow, even when they turn 1+ and get teeth.

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How often should I feed them?

From 6-8 months, your baby is most likely to eat 3 small meals of solids and 50-60% of the nourishment is met by breast milk. 8+ months, 3-4 meals of solids and breast milk become more of an add-on.

A simple rule will be to feed when your baby is hungry. First offer solid foods and then breast feed your baby. Don’t force, simply trust your baby’s instincts to eat and respect the choice of what they would like to eat.

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How can I flavor the food?

  • Avoid adding salt & sugar upto the age of 1 year. Most of the salt the baby needs is already present in the foods and breast milk. Any excess salt will harm the kidneys.
  • Avoid refined sugar in these foods. Refined sugar has no nutritive value and have a lot of chemicals added while processing.
  • Replace salt with natural sourness like amla, curd, lime etc.
  • Replace refined sugar with natural sweetners like dates powder, jaggery, fruits etc.
  • Introduce a pinch of spices too. Spices have a lot of anti-oxidants that can be added to our foods. Spices like cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg etc. have a lot of medicinal values too and make the food yummy.

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Overall, your baby is your best guide. Try to understand their language of what they like and how much they would like to eat. Your only duty as a parent is to offer them natural, nutritious & organic baby foods.

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Did You Know :

Babies 6-12 months of age need 11 mg of iron per day for healthy growth and development. It is important to include iron-rich foods in baby’s diet every day. Iron-rich foods include iron-fortified baby cereals. Serve iron-rich plant-based foods with vitamin C such as fresh fruits.

Here are some of the Organic Baby Foods you can find:

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Organic ragi baby food or finger millet porridge mix that is 10 times richer in calcium that other grains.

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Contains 5 nutritious whole grains – Ragi/Finger Millet, Pearl Millet or Bajra, Foxtail Millet or Kangni, Whole Wheat & Yellow Moong.

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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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Adapt Safe Natural Sanitary Pads..!

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It is always frustrating when something that is really convenient and time saving ends up being really unhealthy… like plastic water bottles or antibacterial hand sanitizer.

One glaring example is conventional tampons and pads. As we all know… everything is toxic these days and it sometimes seems like we have to be afraid of everything, but there are some really compelling reasons to avoid conventional feminine hygiene products and luckily there are some great alternatives.

Modern sanitary napkins or “pads” and tampons have definitely made feminine hygiene easier and more convenient, but everything comes with a price.

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DID YOU KNOW..??

An average woman will use over 16,000 tampons or pads (up to 300 pounds!) in the course of her lifetime, sometimes even more.

A recent study found that 85% of tampons were contaminated with glyphosate (an herbicide linked to cancer) and that number was 100% when cotton gauze products were tested!

The labia and vaginal area is highly vascular, meaning that a lot of small blood vessels run to this area. The skin is also especially thin down there, making it easier for plastic chemicals to enter the body that way. Many pads and some tampons contain plastic chemicals and can even contain BPA .Not really what you want being absorbed into your blood stream from one of your body’s most sensitive areas (that also happens to be part of your reproductive system!).

Some of the harmful chemicals that can be found in sanitary napkins and tampons are:

  • Dioxin: We have a tendency to assume that if the product is pure white, it is clean. However, the cotton that is received after harvesting, is usually cream in colour. The manufacturers of sanitary napkins use a chemical called dioxin to bleach the cotton. Dioxin is linked with the following side effects in the body: pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cancer, immune system damage, hormone dysfunction, impaired fertility, diabetes and impaired thyroid function.
  • Rayon: Apart from cotton, rayon is yet another synthetic polymer that is added to these napkins to enhance the absorbing capacity. Rayon also has dioxin in it.
  • Pesticides and Herbicides: These are the chemicals that are sprayed on the cotton crops. A chemical named furan stays on the cotton long after it has been harvested, which can cause harm. These have been linked with the following effects in the body: infertility, hormonal disruption, thyroid malfunction, diabetes, endometriosis and depression.
  • Artificial Fragrances and Deodorant: These substances are added to the napkins during the manufacturing process. Although they can also enter the bloodstream, like in the cases of pesticides and dioxin, they can also have an effect locally on the vagina and in turn cause allergies and skin reactions.
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome: Toxic shock syndrome is not caused by the chemicals discussed above, but rather from an overgrowth of staphylococcus aureus bacteria in the vagina which causes a release of toxins and poisonous substances into the bloodstream. These toxins can cause a sudden fall in blood pressure.Using sanitary napkins or tampons for prolonged periods can encourage the growth of the staphylococcus bacteria.

Natural solutions

If you want to stick with the convenience of traditional tampons and pads, at least opt for natural and/or organic ones. These options are a win:win. They are made with natural materials so they are safer for use, and they reduce or eliminate waste and environmental chemicals as well.Organic cotton is the way to go for pads and tampons. We put clean, pesticide free, organic food in our body, why not in our hoo hoo? Also the organic cotton products don’t contain  polyester, dyes, fragrances,  or other synthetic ingredients found in regular sanitary products. Also organic cotton is better for mama earth!”

Types of sanitary pads

Since most Indian women have been accustomed to sanitary pads,you should be informed that most over-the-counter variants are coated with either disposable plastic or latex, which some women could be allergic to.

  • Panty Liners:They’re meant for those irritating days of spotting, when you’re neither here nor there – the thinnest form of women sanitation available out there.

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Nurture Buy TWO Get ONE 25% OFF on Chemical Free Panty Liners- Combo 2:Finally a product for all your needs.  Each day you must feel secure, clean and healthy. A product to help you get through every day and every minute, naturally! In today’s day and age, we need a product that is super-absorbent, comfortable, hypo-allergenic (…coz we are all sensitive down there!) and its pretty. It also has Silver ion Chip that provides Anti-fungal and Anti- Bacterial action.Non-chlorine bleached, Perfume free.Adhesive layer for secure hold.Complete cotton cover to keep you dry, comfortable and rash free.

  • Match The Medium Flow:Don’t think you’re saving money by stocking up on just one variety of napkins. If your fourth day isn’t as heavy as the second or third one, and a panty liner just wouldn’t suffice, ask your chemist for medium flow (or regular) napkins — they’re available both in winged and non-winged types.

Eco Femme Day Pad Plus:

The organization calls itself a women’s empowerment project. It promotes menstrual practices that are healthy, dignified, affordable and eco-positive.

Ecofemme provides washable cloth pads. Unlike disposable sanitary napkins, they can be washed and re-used for years and they are made of natural material – cotton – that is biodegradable and healthy for women’s bodies.

This is a versatile pad sized between a night pad and a day pad it offers good protection for the first days of the period and lighter flow nights.

  • Consider Washable Cloth Pads:Don’t go, “ewwww, gross!” just yet. They’re made out of organic cotton and have wings attached. While the really, really good ones last as many as 20 years, it’s entirely up to you how long you want to use them. The only “gross” part is that you have to wash them every day.

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Eco Femme Night Pad (single): These washable cloth pads are made of absorbent cotton fabric and worn like disposable pads  with press buttons that fasten under panties, to absorb menstrual flow. They need to be changed about as often as disposable pads. They can be washed and reused for 5 years or longer, with proper care. They are ideal for nights, heavy flow days and postpartum menstruation.

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  • Go Organic!:Yes, organic’s everywhere – quite literally. Though they’re not your pretty, thin ones, they’re made purely out of organic cotton – as opposed to the industrial cotton and absorbent gel in others – with just an absorbent strip for longer days. They are disposable, cost pretty much the same as your industrial ones and are available for light, regular and heavy flow. These are quite the saviour for those of us who’ve developed allergies to latex over the years.

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  • Sanitary pads for new Mom’s:After giving birth, you will have lochia, which is vaginal bleeding from the uterus lining shedding and it can last as short as two weeks or as long as six weeks.At this stage you have to take care of yourself as well as your baby. So why not adapt natural and organic products.

You are Precious.!! 

Take care..!!

 


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Some Must Know Facts About Natural Sweeteners

 

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Sweet herb Stevia rebaudiana

Are you consuming too much sugar? Natural sweeteners can help break your sugar habit the healthy way.

Healthy living does not mean you have to give up sweets entirely; it just means you need to replace unhealthy refined sugars and artificial sweeteners with natural sweeteners.

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A sugar substitute is a food additive that provides a sweet taste like that of sugar while containing significantly less food energy. Some sugar substitutes are produced by nature, and others produced synthetically. Those that are not produced by nature are, in general, called artificial sweeteners.

Low-calorie sweeteners are also called artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes or non-nutritive sweeteners. Artificial  sweeteners can wreak havoc with your weight, your appetite, your hormones. They have been known to stimulate your appetite, leading to overeating and weight gain.

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There is no sugar alternative, as there is no such thing as a “healthy” sugar. Sugar is sugar, whether it’s “organic,” or “unrefined,” or “all-natural,” or “raw,”. Your body really doesn’t know the difference between white table sugar, palm sugar, a piece of white bread or maple syrup or molasses. However, as some sweeteners don’t spike our blood levels, and some others have much more nutritional value than the white, refined stuff.

Here is a list of natural sweeteners:

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Stevia: All types of stevia are extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant, but some forms taste better than others.

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Honey: Honey has a low glycemic index, so adding it to your tea or yogurt won’t lead to energy-busting blood sugar drops later in the day.

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Blackstrap Molasses:  Molasses is the syrupy by-product of the process that turns sugar cane into refined white table sugar. Blackstrap molasses is rich in iron, potassium, and calcium.

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Coconut Sugar: Coconut sugar is made from the boiled, dehydrated sap of the coconut palm. Unlike other sweeteners, it still contains lots of sugar, so use sparingly.

There are no ideal sweeteners.   Only a small amount is needed when you use these sugar substitutes, as the sweetening power of most low-calorie sweeteners is at least 100 times more intense than regular sugar.

When you have diabetes, including sweets in your diet requires a lot of planning.  Here are some sweet tips:

  • Artificial sweeteners can be used in place of sugar in many foods, which will help lower the calorie and carbohydrate content, but these foods are nor necessarily  carb free, sugar free, or calorie free.
  • Always remember to check Nutrition Fact labels for the total carbohydrate and calories in your foods.
  • Eating foods made with nonnutritive sweeteners may help with weight loss— only if can  truly replace some of your caloric intake. But consider that a sweet piece of fruit has far more good-for-you.
  • Artificial sweeteners continue to be recognized as safe and are not known to cause either diabetes or weight gain.

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100% Natural Substitute to Sugar & Artificial Sweetners with Zero Calories & Zero Carbohydrates and Zero Glycemic Index. Modern research has shown that stevia can help to balance blood sugar levels through an enhancement of insulin production. Balanced blood sugar levels in turn can help maintain stable energy levels, proper brain function while also reducing sugar cravings.

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Stevia is the healthiest natural sugar substitute, and the most trusted natural sweet plants on Earth.Stevia is a green leaves with natural sweet taste. It has been used as a healthy alternative to sugar for people seeking over all improved health by controlling blood sugar, preventing hypertension, treating skin disorders, preventing tooth decay and controlling Candida.

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