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5 Useful Home Décor Solutions for Earth Day, 2016

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This Friday, instead of finding your way to the club or running home early from office, it is the the day to celebrate Earth Day which falls on April 22nd every year. The event that began way back in 1970, now has more than 1 billion people from more than 193 countries observing this day, making it the largest civic observance in the world!

This Day which initially began as an event, now has commemorated as an annual celebration co-ordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. And this year, the landmark, Paris Agreement is scheduled to be signed by the United States, China and more 120 countries. This signing satisfies a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris.

Do you not want to do your bit in contributing to the globally recognised Earth Day?

Do not restrict the celebration to putting the lights out in your household for an hour in a day. Instead,

We have a list of things that you could do to contribute to celebrating Earth Day, once, twice or more in the 365 days. And, we will tell you how!

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1. Climate Change is For Real!

While everyone is concerned with the summers becoming hotter and winters becoming cooler in different parts of the world, little realising is that we are the ones responsible for it, too. And therefore, it has now become necessary to promote planting trees and protesting against deforestation on a remarkable scale. Most of the countries are also encouraging gardening as a vocational pattern, in order to balance out the ecological system. While, planting trees might require the support of a tree plantation drive, we can develop a garden right in our backyards and balconies with the right kind of knowledge and organic solutions for garden problems.

2. Switch Off!

Most of us fail to understand that we are responsible, for the “often” power failures and the electricity shortage. It is necessary to ensure that there is no wastage of electricity which can be done by- Switching off the unwanted appliances and using less power consumption utilities instead of doing it only for one hour in 365 days.

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Also, while we switch off the electricity to observe the “Earth Hour”, it is equally essential to switch off the inverter in a way that there is absolutely “nil” power consumption from your household and instead make use of natural candles, which include vegetable wax rather than the scented and other extravagant variations that are not even eco-friendly.

3. Organic Products for a Natural World!

As the consumption of artificial products are increasing day by day, it is leading to a wastage of our essential and other energy sources. For instance, we might make use of a washing machine to save water but it is also necessary that we also employ eco-friendly laundry products that contain natural ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate and rock salt that work in a supplementary manner.

4. Nature for a company?

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Well, most of us in our busy routines have forgotten the importance of nature around us. We hardly take a look at the surroundings while walking on the streets or while taking our dog out for a stroll in the garden. Have you ever taken a solo trip to be in the company of the nature? It’s a beautiful feeling because the greens respond to each and every conversation in some way or the other. So every day, make it a point to get up and say hello! to your garden and give them some water. It could be great if you could go backpacking amongst the naturals, once in a while!

5. Indulge in Organic Dishwashing

Whether you hand wash dishes or use a dishwasher, the soap, detergent or rinse you use to get them clean will go straight down the drain and into our waterways and environment. Cleaning your dishes with products free of hazardous chlorine bleach, ammonia, and phosphates is a must for your health and for the planet. The organic dishwash powder contains natural ingredients such as organicsoapberries, neem leaves and lemongrass essential oil. It is highly recommended for cleaning baby’s feeding bootles and cutlery.

Tip of the Day

Going Tech for Earth Day!

If you thought these traditional methods were the only way to contribute to our planet, well this year The App Store along with WWF has teamed up with a set of developers to bring out Apps for the Earth, which are in turn fundraising for different earth-related causes like conservation and preventing global warming and much more.

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So what is going to be your pick from the above to help contribute to the planet?
Whatever it is, make sure, you go all-organic because that is the best and the foremost method that you can help save the Mother Earth in your little way!

Buy Gorgeous Green Home Décor Items for Earth Day at www.naturalmantra.com


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What the Zodiac foretells. Check out your own Natural Mantra here!

A bright New Year has started in real earnest now! As you recover from the celebrations and enter 2015 with new aspirations, you must be curious about what the Stars have in store for you. Will this year be lucky for you?  

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The Stars say that this New Year is about a return to health and happiness. There is a welcome peace and sense of strength to 2015 after what seems like decades!

Well, we can’t predict your future, but we sure can tell you how to make this year healthier, according to your star signs. Here’s a sure-fire way! Just follow the thumb-rule given below to choose the natural & organic product that will be just right for you!

The stars say the following about Your lucky Color, Element & Number according to your sun-sign:

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Just check out your color, element and number now and log on to www.naturalmantra.com to buy your own lucky product (in terms of color, element or quantity or cost)! Happy Shopping!!!

 


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Haven’t you joined the Organic Revolution yet?

…and you think you are environment-friendly?

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Granted, you are devoted to organic and natural living. You have an environment-friendly lifestyle. And your living, breathing, eating habits are ecologically supportive. You frequent Farmers’ Markets. That is why you are a part of our community. It’s a pleasure interacting with you.

But, is it enough to play safe only for yourself and your loved ones? You might be harming the environment by omitting to help protect others too. You have a duty to warn others of the dangers that pollution poses to our world. For starters, look at the effects of farming on the ecology. It is a well-known fact that:

Conventional farming uses chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that pollute the soil and the ground water.

  • It uses up a tremendous amount of water for growing
  • Toxic pesticide residues found on fruit and vegetable skins find their way into your food
  • Human sewage, tainted with harmful shampoo chemicals, is used as a fertilizer in farms. It contains hormone-disrupting chemicals, leading to multiple diseases.
  • Pesticides interfere with your vitamin D levels, leaving your immune system weak, and exposing you to infections.

On the other hand, Organic Farming is safe for the environment because –

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  • No chemical pesticides are used
  • It produces far less CO2 emissions
  • It uses far less waterfor eg: Organic cotton farming uses up to 60% less water than conventional farming methods
  • Pesticide or herbicide residues are not entered accidentally into the environment – reducing ground-water pollution, prevents soil-erosion and promotes bio-diversity
  • Humans and animals are not exposed to chemical pesticides or herbicides.
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Become an advocate of organic living.  Spread the good word. Share this blog with loved ones, with friends. Every voice counts!

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#100% Organic

 


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Hey Beautiful! Re-inventing Beauty Care from History…

Do you make heads turn wherever you go?! Yes, beauty has been a universal concern from time immemorial. Around the world and in India, ancient literature and culture has celebrated beauty in many art forms.

Has the concept of beauty changed over the years? If you look back at the past, you will see that the beauty industry has always existed. Care for the body and mind has been dealt with in ancient treatments around the world.

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In ancient India, they had perfected the use of cosmetics – not just for aesthetic beauty, but for protection in hot climates.

Baths, using bathing pastes or mud were a ritual to firm the skin; milk and honey for silky smooth skin; facial masks to unclog pores; butter & barley for blemishes & pimples, and as a cleansing cream were common.

Ayurveda. In this 5,000-year-old tradition of Vedic medicine, each person is looked at individually and treatments typically involve diet, herbal remedies, exercise, yoga and meditation.

Aromatherapy. Among many beauty care regimens, aromatherapy facials have been done here for ages, for their calming and antioxidant benefits.

Body scrubs. An Indian wedding tradition is the ritual bridal showers where women are smeared with turmeric pastes and sandalwood. Both are rich in antioxidants and excellent at exfoliation. In South India, coconut milk is massaged on the body and hair, a highly moisturizing treatment. You can make your own Indian body scrub with ground chickpeas.

Massages. When kids are born in India, mother and child are given a full-body massage for 40 days — from head to toe — and then a warm bath to help the body recover.  It tones the baby’s body and prevents the mother’s  post-partum depression..

Special Oils like Argan Oil, apricot oil, cedarwood oil and many essential oils have been used for eons around the world to tone the body and mind and enhance inner beauty. Try some of them here, reinvented for you and curated by Natural Mantra! 


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Why #Broccoli?

Salads are healthy. You know that of course! And if you add Broccoli to the mix, they taste divine, plus are immeasurably good for you in so many ways!

The goodness of Broccoli

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Traditional Indian foods have always included leafy green vegetables. As we reinvent our cuisines, we too find interesting uses for such vegetables.Broccoli works well in salads, stir fries, curries and soups.  It contains nutrients like vitamins A and C, folic acid, fiber, calcium, potassium and magnesium and is rich in sulfur and several powerful antioxidants. Plus, this vegetable is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.Here are the top 10 health benefits of broccoli.

Prevents Cancer

The ‘sulforaphane’ compound found in broccoli helps prevent cancer. Broccoli inhibits the growth of breast, uterus, cervical, prostate and skin cancer.

Regulates Blood Pressure

It plays a key role in improved DNA methylation, which is crucial for normal cellular function and proper gene expression. This is turn helps regulate blood pressure level.

Maintains Heart Health

Certain chemicals in broccoli protect arteries from clogging and causing heart attacks. It reduces your risk of atherosclerosis, heart disease, attacks and strokes.

Supports Detoxification

Broccoli also helps your body in detoxification, eliminating waste products. It helps boost your energy level, increase immunity, improve metabolism, stimulate circulation and improve digestion.

Boosts Brain Power

Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower, and B vitamins that  improve mental stamina and memory.It also reduces your chances of suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s in old age.

Aids Weight Loss

Broccoli is a low-fat and low-calorie vegetable that helps fill you up quickly. Plus, its high fiber and water content add volume to your meal without adding empty calories.

Stops Premature Aging

The antioxidant vitamin C in broccoli fights free radicals and prevents premature aging signs like fine lines, wrinkles and skin spots. It also contains beta-carotene and vitamins E and B-complex that impart natural glow and keep your skin young.

Supports Eye Health

The unique combination of nutrients like carotenoids and vitamin A  in broccoli makes it extremely beneficial for your eyes.

Promotes Healthy Bones

Being rich in calcium and vitamin K, broccoli promotes bone health and helps prevent osteoporosis.

Promotes Hair Health

Broccoli has hair-nourishing vitamins like C, A and B6. These vitamins stimulate the production of sebum, an oily substance that acts as a natural moisturizer and conditioner for your scalp and hair.

Make sure you eat healthy to stay healthy.

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Is your Happy Diwali a Safe & Healthy one too?!

What a joyful occasion Diwali is, with all communities coming together to celebrate a unique social festival! There’s a lot of light, and cheer and new clothes and flowers and festivity and food of course!  Here are 10 tips for you to celebrate, stay safe and stay healthy this Diwali.

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  • Sweets are hard to resist and during Diwali, it’s even harder isn’t it!?  Indians are genetically prone to diabetes and so it is always safer to keep sugar and starch intake minimal. Sweets that use chemical preservatives should be avoided because they damage our kidneys and liver. and may also cause asthma attacks and cancer. Use organic sugar and sugar substitutes for best results!
  • Avoid sweets that have ‘silver’ coating. Such foils are often adulterated by aluminum and aluminum being a hazardous metal can accumulate in our body tissues and can also enter the brain.
  • Firecrackers are fun, but they increase air and noise pollution. It is good to buy as little firecrackers as possible, because that can help us spend less and can also stop us from polluting our environment.
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  • While using firecrackers we are definitely faced with the risk of burn injuries. Do take a few precautions. Always wear slippers when playing with firecrackers and always light them only from a safe distance. Kids should be allowed to burn firecrackers only under adult supervision. If you do get burnt, organic and natural aloe vera products soothe your skin and help quick healing.
  • Do not light firecrackers in crowded areas or on the roadsides, because that might prove to be dangerous for bystanders and the general public. Wash after playing with firecrackers with natural handwash. Organic soaps are a good option as well.
  • If possible, wear earplugs while exposed to explosive firecrackers. It is really safe, for the excessive noise might damage our ears in the long run. Use facewashes to stay fresh in the polluted environment.
  • It is better to say ‘No’ to alcohol, as any excess is easily possible on this day of celebration. You can avoid a hangover and also the risk of driving while intoxicated if you must drive your car and visit your friends and family.
  • Diwali is a festival that brings a lot of gifts to people, so use the occasion to choose sensible gifts for family and friends. Just log on to www.naturalmantra.com for great gift ideas and offers every day this festive season!!!
  • Diwali is also the festival of joy.  Make it special for your family or friends. Wish them a ‘Happy Diwali’ and embrace them in joy!

Make your Diwali special for yourself, your family and your friends.


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The #CleanRevolution of Natural Mantra, courtesy the #SwachhBharat initiative

From the Desk of the CEO

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It is with great pride that we invite you to join the Clean Revolution initiative being launched today by Natural Mantra, as part of our #SwachhBharat efforts. Isn’t it true that sometimes, all such a great idea needs is a little catalyst!!!

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Looking Inwards

It’s been a while since we at Natural Mantra started on our holistic, natural and organic lifestyle movement. It was high time that people who believed in the wholesomeness of pure and natural living got a forum in which to share their ideas and information. Natural Mantra provided this community just such a forum, and even more!

Curating  a Lifestyle

All along, we had focused on providing a wide array of carefully curated organic and natural products. Our team of scouts scored the entire country with a fine tooth-comb and identified authentic, pure and natural products to feature on our e-commerce portal. This is an ongoing process that keeps expanding our categories and refreshing our range of products constantly.

Looking Ahead

On introspection, we realized that looking inward at keeping our Body, Mind & Soul was great and but not enough. In fact, some of our offerings include home cleaning and refreshing products that create a positive energy in and around our homes. It is time to take this Cleanliness Drive outside of our homes. Diwali Cleaning and the Prime Minister’s #SwachhBharat movement to #CleanIndia provided us with the right impetus to launch our own #CleanRevolution! This would include sensitizing on such facts as Dry and Wet Garbage, civic sense, exhorting fellow citizens to not throw rubbish around. Other activities will take on environmental, sound and light pollution, especially at times of festivals.

Join Us

Today we start the movement with a Clean our environment initiative at Marol area of Andheri east, Mumbai. Join us today and in our other activities soon. Keep a tab on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/naturalmantra and twitter at https://twitter.com/naturalmantra for more activities on this effort.

Our aim is to promote the cause of holistic lifestyle and a clean world, clean home, clean India and a happy life!

Diwali cleaning starts from the country. Let’s Sweep It Clean!

Happy Diwali! 

Anand Agarwal

Chief Executive Officer

Natural Mantra