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Organic 101: Benefits Of Organic Products

Today we are seeing more and more products with “organic” stickers plastered on them, hearing friends gush about their new organic cosmetics and reading people boast on Facebook about how they’ve switched their diets to only organic and gluten-free food. Yet, amongst this significant increase in popularity for going organic, people are left wondering what it even means. So, let’s break it down with some Organic 101:


What is Organic?

The simple definition of the term is: food and products made without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, dyes and other artificial chemicals. Not using these artificial products helps to improve the quality of the food produced and decreases the risk of contamination.

Organic farmers often swap out chemical fertilizers with natural ones such as manure and compost and instead of synthetic pesticides and herbicides use more natural methods like using insects and birds, crop rotation, mulching, hand weeding etc.


Not only are plants treated more naturally, but so are the animals and livestock raised for eggs, poultry, meat, and dairy products. They must have access to the outdoors and are not fed any regulating hormones, drugs, antibiotics or genetically modified feed. This organic farming helps to ensure that the food eventually reaching our mouths is more clean and pure, with less chemicals altering its natural state.

“Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production.” says the Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

What are the Benefits for Me?

So now that we know what organic means, it’s important to understand to the benefits! Here are some of the top reasons organic food and products are good for your health:

  •   They are easier for the body to break down in comparison to the chemicals and metals found inside the fertilizers used on inorganic products.
  •   They have more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (substances that help in preventing types of cell damage).
  •   Reduces exposure in your body to the residue from pesticides and chemicals.
  •   They are fresher due to the lack of preservatives.
  •   Taste better because of the care given to the soil and plants!
  •   Food labeled as organic undergoes a certification process so you can be sure no toxic chemicals are sneaking in there.

What are the Benefits for the Environment?

Not only is organic food good for you, but great for the environment too. Here are some of the main reasons why:

  •   Increases biodiversity: fewer chemicals are used that harm bees and other insects.
  •   Improves soil condition: uses manure/compost rather than pesticides which may damage soil.
  •   Helps to preserve natural habitats and local wildlife.
  •   Keeps water clean: stops the polluted runoff that goes into water from farms using with harmful pesticides, fertilizers and toxic animal waste.
  •   Help in fight against global warming: most organically produced food is distributed locally so less energy/carbon dioxide emissions are used in the transportation.

Looking at all the benefits, it’s easy to understand why people may be throwing out their artificial food and beauty products in exchange for organic ones. If you’re looking to make the switch, our website is the perfect place to start with everything from organic soap to organic coconut oil to organic green tea. Not sure where to begin? No worries, here are the organic versions of some of the staples of your diet that you can buy right now!

Organic India Quinoa

 

Organic Indian Quinoa

 

Organic Tattva Natural Rock Salt

Organic Tattva Natural Rock Salt

Organic Tattva Organic Brown Sugar

Organic Tattva Brown Sugar

 

Organic Tattva Organic Ragi Flour

Organic Tattva Ragi Flour

Organic Tattva Organic Arhar (Tur) Dal

Organic Tattva Arhar (Tur) Dal

 


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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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Quinoa: The Supergrain Of The Future

Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a household name just yet, but it is set for a starry future – as far as grains go. The Incas have known it all along, for thousands of years regarding it as the ‘mother grain’ as they grew it high up in the Andes.

Unlike wheat or rice, quinoa is a complete protein – containing all eight of the essential amino acids. It has been recognised by the United Nations as a supercrop for its health benefits: packed with dietary fibre, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. It is also gluten-free and easy to digest. The facts suggest it is close to a perfect ingredient as you can get.

Health Benefits of Quinoa:

Quinoa dates back three to four thousand years ago when the Incas first realized that the quinoa seed was fit for human consumption.
Who would not want to reap the benefits of this amazing superfood?

Here are seven health benefits of quinoa:

  1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.
  2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.

  3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron some more of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, aids enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

  4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.

  5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.

  6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.

  7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

Colour coded

Quinoa comes in three different colours – white, red and black. White is most widely available, and also the quickest to cook. Black takes the longest to cook and keeps more of its crunchy texture. Red is somewhere in the middle. Recommended, a blend of all three, if it is available, so you get some texture from the black, but it’s not too crunchy.

Spice trail

Quinoa works brilliantly with Middle Eastern and Indian spices such as cumin, coriander and paprika. For easy flavouring, add a pinch while the quinoa is cooking.

Even better is cooking the quinoa in a similar way to a pilaf, frying onion, garlic, ginger and chilli with the spices first, stirring the grain through the oil for 30 seconds and then adding water or even stock.

For a salad, the quinoa can be dressed after it is cooked.

It’s one of those versatile things where you can make it Moroccan, Mexican, or Indian. It goes really well with cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon. Or Mediterranean flavours like feta, olive oil, lemon, parsley and mint.

Wondering where you can find Quinoa in India? You might not very easily get it in the market. But you can easily shop for Quinoa online in India!

Vedic Delite Quinoa 500Gms: 

– Protein Rich

– High in Dietary Fibre

– Cholesterol Free

  • Easy to digest

QUINOA UPMA RECIPE

Prep time: 10 Mins
Cook Time: 35 Min
Total Time: 45 Min

INGREDIENTS
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tsp organic canola or safflower oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp urad dal (split black gram) or use mung dal (petite yellow lentils)
1 green chili chopped, remove seeds to adjust spice if needed
a generous pinch of asafeotida (hing) – optional (omit to make gluten-free or use certified gf asafetida)
10 curry leaves (fresh or frozen)
½ cup finely chopped red onion
2 Tbsp chopped cashews
½ inch ginger minced, 1 tsp grated
½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup peas, fresh or frozen (thawed)
½ to ¾ tsp salt
2 cups water
cilantro and lemon juice for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
1.Wash the quinoa several times, drain and keep aside.
2.In a medium skillet, add oil and heat at medium. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and urad dal and let them sputter or sizzle for 15 seconds.
3.Add chili, asafeotida and curry leaves and cook for half a minute.
4.Add onions and cashews and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until translucent.
5.Add ginger, carrots, and cook for 2 minutes.
6.Add quinoa and roast for 2 minutes with the veggies.
7.Add salt, water, peas, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Let the quinoa sit covered for 5 minutes. then uncover, fluff and serve. Garnish with cilantro and generous lemon juice. 8.Serve as a side, or as breakfast with hot masala chai.

NOTES
Make this with cooked quinoa:
Use 2.5 cups of cooked quinoa and add to the pan at step 7 with salt, peas and a splash of water. Mix well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes to heat up. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Add currants or other dried fruit along with cashews.

This is what the Quinoa Fields look like:


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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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Wooden Masterpieces To Keep Hair Healthy & Strong

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If you are one of those people who just does not like combing your hair, are in a constant rush and do not take the time to comb your hair well or have curly hair and don’t want to unravel your curls? Well, you might be doing more damage than good. According to experts combing your hair is the simplest way to have healthy, shiny and lustrous hair. An added benefit is that if combed the right way with a Neem wooden comb than a plastic comb you can actually keep hair fall at bay. So, forget those expensive treatments, shampoos and conditioners and try combing your hair well instead.

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Why use Plastic combs on your hair, when you have an environment friendly + a healthier alternative.

Our ancestors, ayurveda experts and even yogis swear by the benefits of using Neem wooden combs.

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Neem is known as the medicinal plant for its immense health benefits. Neem is a recognized antibacterial and germicide; No insects or bacteria ever come close to Neem products.

Ancient medical texts have demonstrated that Neem somehow inhibits the multiplication of viruses by combining with the skin cells. This blockage of virus growth imparts the germicidal and anti allergic properties to Neem.

Scalp disorders such as dandruff and fungal infections are extremely common and what better to use a comb – something that we use everyday – made of a medicinal bark like Neem.

Not only do the natural and environment friendly Neem combs feel wonderful, but they do a great deal of good to your scalp health.

Regular combing with these combs is believed to inhibit dandruff as well as scalp infections. Benefits such as reduced hair fall are also claimed.

These combs are designed specifically so that the points are not too sharp and you can get an excellent stimulating effect as the comb teeth glide over your scalp. Gently press against the scalp and comb as usual. It is a good practice to comb more often, as this not only stimulates the scalp cells but also keeps it disinfected.

There are even many scientific benefits of using wooden combs. A few are stated below:

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The Top 5 Reasons to Use a Neem Wooden Brush / Comb:

  • Natural wooden bristles help to naturally condition your hair, and evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils down the hair shaft
  • Wooden bristles are also gentle and durable. Since they are wide, they are less likely to break the hair when combing.
  • Wooden bristles don’t produce any static (that you will find with synthetic brushes and combs)
  • Wooden bristles feel like little massaging fingers on your scalp – particularly if you’re familiar with acupressure. This also helps increase circulation on your scalp, bringing lovely nutrients to the hair follicles
  • Wooden hairbrushes crafted from bamboo, which is a sustainable resource – it rapidly regrows after being harvested, and it can grow in damaged and soil depleted soil

Now after knowing so many benefits of using Neem combs for your precious hair, Im sure you must be wanting to buy one. So don’t worry here are a few options of Neem comb online which you can purchase from the comforts of your home!!

Neem wood comb online:

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– Detangle hair and not pull hair out

  • Herbal medicated comb: Helps fight hair related problems naturally

– Since wood is porous, Vedic Delite Neem wood comb is better for distributing oils along the length of your hair

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– Prevents scalp from getting greasy

  • Provides natural antibacterial effect with every stroke
  • Especially suitable for Scalp and Hair health

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– Excellent for fragile or long hair

  • Environment friendly and natural – unlike harmful plastics
  • Recommended for all ages

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    Vedic Delite Neem Wooden Pocket Comb:

    -Herbal medicated comb: Helps fight hair related problems naturally

    • Since wood is porous, Vedic Delite Neem wood comb is better for distributing oils along the length of your hair
  • Provides natural antibacterial effect with every stroke

  • Especially suitable for Scalp and Hair health

  • Environment friendly and natural – unlike harmful plastics

  • Recommended for all ages

  • Adopt the Healthier Alternative to your daily Hair Combing!!


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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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    Some Must Know Facts About Natural Sweeteners

     

    Sweet herb Stevia rebaudiana

    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.

    blackstrap molasses

    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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