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The Anti-Cancer Diet: Foods to Fight Cancer

To reduce your risk of cancer, look no further than your fridge. One of the easiest things for a person touched by cancer to address is their diet. Our view is that diet is most helpful in fighting cancer.

Many cancer survivors have been fortunate enough to use a combination of natural cancer treatments themselves at home, in conjunction with conventional medical treatments, in order to overcome their disease. This duel approach can help support the entire body and mind in the healing process that can sometimes be long and very difficult. Today, the early combination of chemotherapy and nutrition therapy is able to save the lives of thousands of cancer patients.

Inflammation is the underlying issue that dictates cancerous tumor initiation, progression and growth. Studies suggest that 30 percent to 40 percent of all kinds of cancer can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and dietary measures! And other sources claim that this number is in fact much higher, with around 75 percent of cancer cases being lifestyle-related.

Practicing strategies that are fully within your own control — including things like eating a healing diet, vegetable juicing, consuming probiotic foods, taking immune-boosting supplements, busting stress and practicing healing prayer — can make you feel more empowered and hopeful when battling a disease, which goes a very long way in the healing process.

Aim for five to nine daily servings of all kinds of fruits and vegetables—especially these six superstars:

  • Broccoli: Helps fight against breast, liver, lung, prostate, skin, stomach, and bladder cancers

  • Berries: Helps fight against colon, esophageal, oral, and skin cancers

  • Tomatoes: Helps fight against endometrial, lung, prostate, and stomach cancers

  • Walnuts: Helps fight against breast and prostate cancers

  • Garlic: Helps fight against breast, colon, esophageal, and stomach cancers

  • Beans: Helps fight against breast and colon cancers

While researchers are still trying to determine which foods have the most cancer- preventing benefits, we do know what not to eat if you want to protect yourself.

What not to eat: Animal fats like Meat, cheese, and butter can be rich in saturated fat, which has been linked to obesity—a big cancer predictor. Opt for leaner protein sources, such as fish, low-fat dairy, and those good-for-you beans.

What not to drink: Excessive alcohol: Stop after one drink! Too much tippling is associated with an increased risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and breast.

An anti-cancer diet is an important strategy you can use to reduce your risk of cancer.  Make room in your diet for these foods & drinks to fight cancer. Shop here for some of the beneficial cancer fighting foods:

SOS Organics Himalayan Village Brown Rice: Known for its powerful detoxifying and anti-cancer benefits


Deccan Organic Turmeric Powder: Curcumin may help prevent cancer


24 Letter Mantra Masoor Dal: Helps combat metabolic syndrome


Organic India Tulsi Green Tea Lemon Ginger:  Contains more polyphenols – cancer preventive agents

Conscious Food Chick Peas (Kabuli Chana): Good source of insoluble fiber, folate, and vitamin B6


Vedic Delite Natural Flax Seeds: Flax seed benefits include fighting breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer, this benefit has been proven time and time again.

Remember that ‘good nourishment’ is a crucial weapon in the fight against cancer and any illness. Good cancer nutrition can be vital in increasing your personal odds of survival. 


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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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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.

White tablets and green leaves of natural sweetener stevia

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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Natural and Herbal Face Washes: Herbal Home Remedies and Tips

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Washing your face seems simple, well you have been doing it all your life and if your face is still there, so you have to have got it right, correct? Your face is the first thing people notice about you, so you do want to definitely want it to look its best. Here are some tips for washing your face:

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Make sure your hands are clean: You cannot clean your face with dirty hands, So, wash your hands first, then wash your face.

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Use only lukewarm water: For best results, make sure the water is not too hot or too cold.

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Wash face twice a day: Face washing once in the morning and once at night is a good routine especially for those with acne-prone skin. Washing in the morning refreshes your face and cleanses away bacteria that may have grown in the night, while washing at night is important for removing sweat, dirt and makeup from your skin.

So, now that we know washing face is beauty must to do, do we use herbs for face or soaps or face washes.

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There are lot of herbs that can be used to wash your face like, lavender, neem, calendula. The easiest way to use herbs on your facial skin is with an herbal steam.

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Soaps is a no go. but, have you ever wondered why washing our face with soap is bad?  When the pH scale shows 7, it is neutral. Anything below that is acidic and above it is alkaline. Our skin’s pH balance is generally between 4 and 6.5, even when the skin is very oily. Soap is extremely alkaline, can disrupt your skin’s normal pH balance.

And, whether you have normal, breakout-prone, dry, oily, or sensitive skin, there’s a definitely a face wash  out there for you today.

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For an oily face look for face washes with salicylic acid and if you have dry skin look for moisturizing ingredients like aloe, glycerine, and Vitamin E. If you have a sensitive skin, then look for face washes that are alcohol-free and fragrance-free.

Natural and herbal face washes will leave your skin clean, fresh and nourished. Here are some home herbal remedies that are suitable for different skin types:

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Milk: Is good for all skin types. Use raw(not boiled) milk.

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Gram flour and Turmeric : For oily skin. Using milk to make a paste will help to nourish the skin.

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Honey and Yogurt: For dry skin.

Rosewater: Good for all skin types, best used at night before going to bed.

These home remedies with Ayurvedic massage are  sure to leave your face well-nourished and radiating.

Here are some natural face washes you can find:

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Sandal wood extract present in this face wash fills the pores and results in instant fairness.

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This face wash is gentle and oil free and thoroughly removes impurities and treats the skin leaving it soft and clean.

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Nirogam Ivy Honey Face Wash – 100 ml

This face wash with Honey, Haldi, Aritha, Daruhaldi as key ingredients  are ideal for keeping harmful effects of Pollution away.

 


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Couscous: Good source of Lean, Vegetarian Protein

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Couscous (pronounced “KOOS-koos”) is a dish made from tiny granules of durum wheat or semolina flour. The couscous grains are then prepared by steaming them until they have a light, fluffy consistency.  It is often mistaken for a grain, but it is actually the same dough that is made into many pastas.

Eating couscous provides you with a good source of lean, vegetarian protein. A 1-cup serving of cooked couscous gives you 6 grams of protein, which meets 12 percent of the daily value for the nutrient. This whole-grain food is native to northern Africa and is commonly found in Middle Eastern cuisine.

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Couscous is primarily carbohydrate, but it also contains significant amounts of other essential vitamins and minerals.

Preparing instant couscous is quick and easy — the dried couscous is added to a pot of boiling water or stock, the pot is then covered and the water is absorbed into the couscous in about five minutes.

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Couscous is always steamed and never boiled. Couscous is cooked in a special kind of cooking ensemble called a kiskis, known by the French word couscousière in the West, except in Italy, where it is called a couscousiera. A kiskis consists of two parts: the bottom portion is a pot-bellied vessel for the broth while the top part fits snugly over the bottom part and has holes in its bottom for the steam to rise through, which cooks the couscous. In North Africa, they are often made of earthenware or aluminum. A makeshift couscousière can be made by placing a colander over a like-sized pot.

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Health Benefits of Couscous:

Cardiovascular Health:  A single serving of couscous has more than 60% of the daily suggested intake of selenium. Selenium functions as a powerful antioxidant that functions mainly in the blood vessels to reduce the buildup of plaque and dangerous LDL cholesterol on artery and vein walls.

Wound Healing:  . Protein is an integral part of wound healing, as well as in the metabolism of enzymes that aid in wound repair, both internally and externally. Couscous is a powerful part of any protein diet.

Weight Loss: If you are looking to lose weight, then in grains couscous is better. Couscous has  200 calories in each cup, which is less than 10% of the daily calorie intake suggested for adults and is also very low in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat.

Here is a easy recipe:

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10-minute couscous salad

Ingredients:

  • 100g couscous
  • 200ml hot low salt vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 2 spring onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • ½ cucumber
  • 50g feta cheese, cubed
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nut

Method:

Tip couscous into a large bowl, pour over stock. Cover, then leave for 10 mins, until fluffy and all the stock has been absorbed. Meanwhile, slice the onions and pepper and dice the cucumber. Add these to the couscous, fork through pesto, crumble in feta, then sprinkle over pine nuts to serve.

We found this  great lunchbox filler recipe here.

Some people are allergic to various foods, so if you have never eaten sorghum or durum wheat, pay attention to your body’s reaction to make sure you don’t have any unexpected allergies.

 

 

 


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Handmade Soaps: Know Your Soaps

Handmade Soaps: Know Your Soaps

Hand made soaps are usually made in small batches using traditional methods and plant-based ingredients.  Hand made soaps are high in glycerin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soapmaking process.

Why should you buy a natural handmade soap:

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Handcrafted soap is made with natural, wholesome ingredients that cleanse without stripping skin of its natural oils. Commercially-made bars are made with chemical additives, or synthetic detergents.

Commercially-made bars are made with synthetic detergents, they cannot even legally use the term “soap.” Instead, they may be called “beauty bars,” “cleaning bars,” “cream bars,” or something similar. Handcrafted soap is made with real and wholesome ingredients.

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Glycerin is a humectant; it attracts moisture and softens your skin. Glycerin is not merely added to handcrafted soap. Rather, it is naturally created in the process of mixing water, oils, and butters. In handcrafted soap, the glycerin is left in place.The absence of glycerin is another reason that commercial bars dry out the skin.

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To know more about natural handmade soaps, you would need to how the soaps are made. There are basically three ways to make a soap:

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One common way is called “melt and pour” soap. There are even melt and pour kits you can buy to make cute soap shapes with your kids. These are generally glycerine based transparent soaps.

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The other two methods are “hot process” and “cold process.” The hot process method utilizes heat after the saponification process has taken place, while the cold process method does not. Undoubtedly the best method for producing the highest quality soaps is the cold process method.

A combination of oils or fats and lye goes in the making of cold process soap bars. Lye is not as scary as it sounds as all the caustic qualities of the lye are removed during the saponification process. When the lye interacts with the oils or fats, it creates glycerine. How hard or soft the soap bar ends up being, and how well it lathers depends on the type of oils and fats that are being used.

Botanical sounding name does not necessarily mean that the product came from a plant either. Cranberry, watermelon, peach, pear, apple, strawberry, fig, pomegranate, coconut are synthetic scents made in a laboratory. Many soaps supposedly containing vanilla, jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, and sandalwood are also made with synthetic scents because the real essential oils, absolutes, or concretes are very expensive or even endangered.

If an oil doesn’t have a latin botanical name, then it’s not a true essential oil and it has no aromatherapeutic benefits. If it dries your skin out or makes it feel tight or itchy, it may not be real, this is a real soap test.  Because a well made, glycerin rich, handcrafted natural soap will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and nourished.
Remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with.  Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain.

Here is how you can take care of natural handmade soap:

  • Don’t let your soap drown in water.
  • Make sure your soap gets plenty of fresh air between uses.
  • Store your soap on a well drained soap dish.
  • Store unused soap in a dark cool place like a lingerie drawer or linen close

Here are some natural handmade soaps you can find:

This soaps gives deep cleansing, conditioning, nourishment to your skin, remove dead skin cells and also gives. Revitalise and soften skin. For all skin types.

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A glycerin soap with the refreshing fragrance of jasmine and peach.

Aromatherapy-Massage

Spiced with versatile lavender oil, this bar is blended with shea butter and oils of coconut, olive, almond and patchouli making it intensely nourishing. Activated charcoal and green clay help detoxify the skin.