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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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How essential are Essential Oils to your Life?

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What are Essential Oils?

First off, they are not really ‘Oils’!  They are in fact the natural, distilled essence of plants that contain fragrant elements. Plus, they are not even ‘oily’! They are called ‘essential’ because they contain the unique fragrance of the plant they are taken from.

What is most attractive about essential oils, apart from their very obvious perfume, is that they are possibly the most potent source of natural medicinal inputs your medicine cabinet can have! They are also used in cosmetics & foods, but that’s another story.

As a firm believer in holistic living and a healthy lifestyle, you would really benefit from getting to know more about these ‘oils’.

Let’s look at some popular Essential Oils & their Uses

Natural Essential Oils are refreshing and fragrant. They are known to support the respiratory system and to soothe muscles after exercise. Used in potpourris, diffusers or in bath water, they also stimulate the brain and reduce stress and fatigue.

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Lavender Oil is used in perfume and in aromatherapy. It has a calming effect which aids in relaxation and is good in the treatment of respiratory infection.

Used in aromatherapy, Rose Oil has healing properties that include decreasing of blood pressure and breathing rate, which is good for stress and anxiety relief.

The exotic and sweet Jasmine Oil is great for a number of health uses including childbirth, depression, respiration and fertility!

Rosemary Oil is used in perfumes, as food flavoring and improves memory.

Its use as a tonic, tranquilizer and digestive aid makes Cinnamon Oil a very popular essential oil.

Frankincense Oil is a very healing essential oil used for depression, infection and to boost the immune system.

Peppermint Oil is a fresh boost to use in alleviating indigestion, colds, stress, headaches, low energy levels and sore muscles.

The strong, sweet, woody scented Eucalyptus Oil is used in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties uses.

As you can see, the uses of Essential Oils are many. They certainly make life much more painless and easier. If you do not have a good range of essential oil based products in your medicine chest, it’s time you looked to Natural Mantra’s treasure trove.

Check out our wide array of offerings – 15 different brands and over a 100 essential oil offerings & aroma candles at www.naturalmantra.com/!

Healthy Shopping!

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yoga

Yoga is a light, which, once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.

One question most people ask themselves is ‘Who am I?’ . You too must have asked yourself this. Our quest for the self, many people have discovered over the ages, starts with ourselves.

We know that all of us are part of Nature, biologically. But even more important is understand how we are intimately connected with the world around us. And so people are constantly trying to explore this cosmic connection.

Through Yogic Meditation, Pranayama (breathing exercises), Qi Gong (Chi Kung) and a healthy, holistic diet, we understand the path to a better quality of life. For ourselves and our communities.

Yoga is a way of living that aims to transform body, mind and spirit through physical, mental, and spiritual practices. Of the many schools and practices, the most popular are Hatha yoga and Raja yoga.

Yoga originated from pre-vedic yoga-practices of the Buddhist Nikayas in India. Other developments were recorded around 400 CE in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This sage, who  lived in India over 2,200 years ago, wrote treatises on Sanskrit grammar and medicine, apart from his Yoga Sutras, the first written text on yogic philosophy.

The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit yuj, which means ‘yoke’ or ‘union’ – as in “yoking together” of horses or oxen, now applied to the “yoking” of mind and body. Practising the prescribed, time-tested postures, breathing techniques and focused intentions develops harmony, unifying the mind, body and spirit.

Pure traditional yoga incorporates the’eight limbs’ (astanga) or stages of yoga. This eightfold path is sequential. But practitioners of only the asanas often forget that yoga is for cultivating the head and the heart.

“Yoga … develops a feeling of oneness between man and nature, between man and man, and between man and his Maker, thus permitting the experience of a feeling of identity with the spirit that pervades all creation.”

 Yoga practitioner & Guru, B.K.S. Iyengar

To reach this level of peace, one needs to practice Yoga in the ideal place and situation. While you can perform the asanas practically anywhere, it helps to have a controlled space where you can focus your internal energies. In fact, a good tip is to use Aromatherapy oils to help in creating such an environment.

As you can see, yoga is in fact, “meditation in action”. It brings us back into contact with the outside world, awakened by the basic understanding that everything and everyone are interconnected, content and happy.


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LEMON – Wonder Cure for Cancer?

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A ‘lemon’, in common language, means defective goods.

But contrary to being flawed, #Lemons posses practically miraculous properties. They are the most wrongly named fruit ever! In fact, Lemons are not just a source of Vitamin C…they seem to have the ability to kill #Cancer cells! One study in fact claims they are 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy!!

It has been established that citrus compounds called limonoids targeted and stopped neuroblastoma cells in the lab. In fact they work against cancer in any of three ways: prevent it from forming, slow the growth of existing cancer, or kill cancer cells.

A major drug manufacturer discovered that the extracts destroyed #malignantcells in 12 cancers, including of the colon, lung, breast, prostate and pancreas. The compounds of this tree showed dramatically better effect than the product #Adriamycin, a drug normally used in #chemotheray the world over, slowing the growth of cancer cells. Plus it does not produce the traumatic #side-effects of chemotherapy.  Significantly this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.

Do tell your friends about how #lemon juice could be beneficial in preventing and fighting the disease. Lemon is a healthy addition to your diet and may even reduce the risk of cancer. Besides, its taste is pleasant, isn’t it?

Zesty Medicine

Apart from this #anti-cancer property, lemon is known to be an anti microbial spectrum – acting effectively against bacterial infections and fungi, as well as internal parasites and worms. It also regulates #bloodpressure and is an #antidepressant and combats #stress and #nervousdisorders as well!

The low pH of juice makes it antibacterial, and in India, the lemon has been used in Indian traditional medicines #Siddha Medicine and #Ayurveda from time immemorial!

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Magic Tonic

Lemon peels contain about 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the #lemonjuice itself. Imagine what you’ve been wasting whenever you juice a lemon and discard the #rinds! In fact, Lemon peel is a health rejuvenator, and helps in eradicating toxic elements in the body.

Lemon oil may be used in aromatherapy. Researchers have found that lemon oil aroma enhances your mood.

A great food

Last but not least, lemons add a #tang and zest to a mind-boggling variety of everyday and gourmet food preparations! So, wash those juicy lemons and use them in many ways in food, as pickles, as lemonade, as garnishing, as a drizzle, and let’s not forget the refreshing lemon tea…your whole body will love you for it!