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Spice Up Your Life…with Surprising #Saffron!!

Saffron – King of Spices

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How do you spice up your love life or your career the royal way? True connoisseurs know the secret – they just make sure to serve a special saffron dish to their lover or boss!

Saffron Facts

  • Originating from the Eastern Mediterranean, the Royal Saffron grows in sub-tropical climates.
  • Queens and Kings have always been seduced by its heavenly aroma.
  • It takes up to 75,000 saffron blossoms to produce a single pound of saffron spice!
  • The delicate saffron flower blossoms for just a day, and has to be harvested immediately for the spice to be at its best.
  • Due to the amount of labor involved, saffron is considered one of the world’s most expensive spices. Saffron is truly the King of Spices!
  • On its own, Saffron has a bitter taste and smells like hay.
  • Imported during Emperor Ashoka’s reign, in India it is grown only in Kashmir.

The Uses of Saffron

  • In gourmet cooking and
  • Master chefs around the world use it in premium dishes, and in saffron milk!
  • Saffron steeped in warm water overnight is cooling and fragrant!
  • Used for a fairer skin, as a bridal beauty treatment
  • Given in milk to newborns for a clear complexion
  • As fragrance in perfumes
  • As a fabric dye.
  • It is used as a medicine for asthma, whooping cough, as an expectorant, for insomnia, cancer, hardening of arteries, depression, Alzheimer’s, shock, pain, heartburn and dry skin among many other conditions. It prevents premature ejaculation, infertility and is an acclaimed aphrodisiac.

Make a style statement at the next dinner you host, with Natural Mantra’s carefully curated, unadulterated Saffron! Who wouldn’t want to be treated like royalty?!

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Be Beautiful – ALOE VERA brings out your inner glow, come winter, summer or monsoon!

Winter’s coming! What will the changing weather do to your complexion? Relax, rain or shine, you can be sure of one great beauty companion that will be your go-to buddy all year ‘round! 

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

#Who’s the most beautiful of all?!

Aloe Vera it is!

Do you know Aloe is about 99% water? So what’s all the hubbub about its miracle properties?! Well, the remaining 1% is extremely powerful. In fact, close to 100 ingredients work well together to make you beautiful – Minerals, Sugars, Enzymes, Amino acids, Vitamins A, C, F, B, Niacin, and Vitamin B12, among other nurturing ingredients. This means terrific anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, healing, and soothing benefits for your skin. Awesome, isn’t it!

Thousands of beautiful women couldn’t agree MORE!

Aloe Vera Beauty Benefits

  • Tightens pores
  • Brightens skin
  • Reduces acne
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Heals sunburns
  • Treats skin conditions like flaky or dry skin
  • Heals skin diseases
  • Moisturizes skin

This is apart from its many benefits for hair, body and health care. But that’s ‘nother, very long story!

Here, let us share some proven recipes to incorporate aloe’s benefits in your beauty routine:

Aloe Vera Skin Scrub Brighten your skin, tighten your pores, and remove acne with  this aloe scrub. Use once a week for glowing results: 2 tbsp. aloe vera 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. lemon juice.

Aloe Vera Facial Mask makes your skin look younger, clean, and refreshed -healthy and soft. Use once a week: 4 tbsp. aloe vera 2 tbsp. yogurt 6 tbsp. cucumber juice.

Aloe Vera Body Spray Spritz yourself with this soothing body spray to refresh your face and skin often: 2 parts aloe vera, 1 part distilled water.

You can choose to buy a plant – it looks pretty cool, and will beautify your home too! Or you can log on to http://www.naturalmantra.com and get a mind-boggling array of carefully hand-picked & curated, ready-to-use organic aloe vera gels, juices, soaps, shampoos and creams.  Just relax. And BE BEAUTIFUL!

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Indian Home Remedies for Skin Blemishes

Look around, and you will see that young girls and boys today are increasingly aware of personal grooming. With cellphone cameras being everywhere, every moment is a photo-op! And so, skin blemishes, acne and oily skin are the cause of much agony in front of dressing table mirrors!

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#HomeRemedies for Skin Blemishes

What are skin blemishes?

Some skin blemishes are caused by acne, while others are the result of genetic reasons, pigmentation, high stress levels and hormonal changes. Acne blemishes are usually caused by clogged pores, and are called whiteheads, blackheads or just pimples. Age spotsbroken capillaries, stress levels, hormonal changes and pregnancy stretch marks lead to skin blemishes. Overactivity of the sebaceous glands, which produce oil, is a common cause.

How do you remove blemishes?

The easiest method of treating most cases is to wash your face and ensure you exfoliate and moisturize often. But take heart! Indian women and men have for ages, used natural, everyday kitchen ingredients and ayurvedic herbs to tame acne breakouts:

Groundnut Oil and Lime Juice – Mix in equal proportions and apply it to affected areas of your face.

Honey and Cinnamon Overnight Mask – Blend half tsp. of powdered cinnamon to one tbsp. of honey, apply overnight.

Turmeric and Mint – Mix one tsp. of powdered antiseptic turmeric with fresh mint juice to form a paste. Apply to affected areas, and leave on 30 minutes.

Cucumber Juice and Lemon – Squeeze the juice from a ripe cucumber and blend it with four drops of lemon juice. Apply it to affected areas of your face, leave on for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with cool water.

Tulsi (Basil) – Add three tsp. of dried basil leaves to a cup of boiling water, steep for 20 minutes, cool, and apply to affected areas with a cotton ball.

Chemical face packs may damage your skin forever. Today, Ayurveda reinvented is the way to go! Check out our website for a wide array of natural and organic Anti Marks solutions! And get set for lights, camera, action!!!

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Sources- Websites: Acne Resource Center, I love India, Indiaparenting.com, Health and Beauty Guide


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Is Beauty Only Skin Deep? Brand-new Insights into Age-old Haldi Skin Therapy!

What is Haldi?

It is Turmeric, an orange-yellow rhizome that has been used for skin and beauty treatments for ages. A key ingredient of Indian curry as well as in Thai cooking, this spice is also known as “golden spice” or “spice of life.”

Turmeric Skin Complexion

#IsBeautySkinDeep?

Regarded as the “herb of the Sun” by the people of the Vedic period, the ancients called turmeric as the Oushadhi, the healing herb, the one herb above all others. Turmeric has at least 6000 years of documented history as a medicinal plant, and been held sacred from time immemorial. Its strong associations in India’s socio-cultural life are seen in its many uses – as an auspicious religious component, in beauty treatments and wedding Haldi ceremonies, as a dye, a cosmetic, a folk and Ayurvedic medicine. Haridrakhanda, a traditional preparation described in Bhaishjya Ratnavali, is very effective in prurigo, boils, urticaria, and chronic skin eruptions. Described as Varnya, it enhances complexion, according to Ayurvedic texts.

The Benefits of Haldi

  • Brings a glowing complexion on the face
  • Cuts skin melanin production and helps sun tanned skin return to its normal skin color easily.
  • The natural scrub is beneficial for the skin.
  • Cleanses skin from dirt, black marks, pigmentation and blackheads.
  • Promotes tight & healthy skin – it fights stretch marks and is an anti-aging herbal cream to avoid getting loose skin in the body.
  • Avoids getting stretch marks, makes your skin soft and flexible.
  • Helps in cleaning acne.
  • As a depilator, it inhibits growth of facial hair.

Haridrakhanda, a traditional preparation described in Bhaishjya Ratnavali, is very effective in prurigo, boils, urticaria, and chronic skin eruptions. Today, western medicine has also begun to experiment on the benefits of turmeric as a skin care agent. Choose from a wide, curated array of turmeric based skincare products from natural mantra now!

Is Haldi good only for Skincare?

This yellow colored spice is truly magical! According to Ayurveda, turmeric is Vranahara (ulcer healing), Tvakdoshahara (cure skin diseases), and Kandoohara (cure itching). The fresh juice of turmeric has antiparasitic properties in many skin afflictions. A coating of turmeric powder or a thin paste, applied on small pox and chicken pox patients, facilitates scabbing. Oil of turmeric and its ether and chloroform extracts have proved to be antifungal, antiprotozoan, antiviral, and antibacterial. Recent researches on turmeric are focused on its antioxidant, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, and antimicrobial properties, in addition to its use in Alzheimer’s treatment, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal disorders.

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall… the wonders that Natural Face Packs can do for you!

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Our face is the most important part of us when it comes to making a first impression. With a glowing face and a smile, the world is at your feet! At times we look at other women and envy their spotless complexion, radiant with health. We think that they are either naturally blessed with such good skin, or they must have a lot of spare time and money to pamper themselves.

Guess what? We have some good news that will break this misconception of yours. With a little time and attention, you too can get a spotless complexion and healthier-looking skin. We are not going to give you quick fixes or solutions that involve harmful chemicals or expensive trips to the parlor…our fix is totally natural and long-term!

Today, we will explore the world of Natural Face Packs. Now you might have used face packs only during special occasions like weddings, anniversaries or birthdays while getting a facial done. But did you know that a regular use of face packs without a facial can get you that healthy and radiant skin that they flash at you in skin-care advertisements?

The purpose of applying a face pack is to draw out impurities, to close the pores, remove any rough scaly surface on the skin and tighten the facial muscles. Using the pads of your fingertips spread the pack gently over the face. Use the palms of your hands to spread the pack over your neck. Do not apply the pack on thread veins if you have them. Relaxation plays an important part here.

Settle yourself in a comfortable armchair or even better, lie on your bed. If you lie down, put some pillows under your legs to raise them slightly. This helps in relaxation. When you are using a face pack it is better to cover your eyes with cotton wool pads squeezed out in cold water or preferably rose water.

If you have an oily skin, leave the mask on for about 10 minutes. For dry and combination skins, leave the mask on for about 5 minutes. Set an alarm clock so that you can really relax. If your skin feels tight and uncomfortable, do not wait for the recommended time, and remove the face pack immediately.

Remove the mask with water and cotton wool. Lightly swab off the face pack, taking care not to drag the skin. After that dab on some skin tonic if you have combination or dry skin and astringent if your skin is oily. If your skin is very dry, use a little moisturizer. Do not apply make-up immediately after applying face pack as your skin may go blotchy.

Identifying your skin type is a very important part because if you make a mistake there, nothing else will work out. We suggest you consult an experienced skin expert for the same. Make a thorough note of your skin problems as well (like acne, dark spots, freckles, pimple marks, etc.) that you want to target, one at a time. If you have got this right, well. half your work is done!

Next, set aside one day of the week when you would have some spare time for your skin (Sundays are a good day to pick). Now you have an option of either making a face pack at home or buying a natural face pack from a trusted source http://www.naturalmantra.com. First, let us look at the various types of face packs that you can create from the readily available ingredients at home. We have categorized them into skin types to make the choice easier for you.

  • For Dry Skin: Mix a tablespoon of honey with a teaspoon of honey and apply on your face.
  • For Normal Skin: Mix milk powder, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of lemon juice and a few drops of almond oil and make a paste. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  • For Sensitive Skin: Mash 1/4th of a banana and mix it with 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Apply and wash off after 10 minutes.
  • For Lightening Dark Skin: Combine a tablespoon of gram flour with 2 tablespoon raw milk and few drops of lime juice and apply on your face and neck.

If you don’t want to make a face pack at home, you can pick up a natural face pack too. Here are a few ingredients that you should look out for specific skin type and problems:

  • Rose face pack: Good for anti-aging and beneficial for sensitive, dry and mature skin.
  • Sandalwood face pack: Reduces wrinkles, blemishes, dark patches or pigmentation.
  • Mint face pack: Heals eruptions like pimples and black heads and erases their marks
  • Ubtan: For a natural long-lasting glow
  • Neem face pack: Cleanses and rejuvenates the skin and helps get rid of pimples

Try to make these face packs in smaller quantity as fresher packs are better to use. If you have some extra left, you can refrigerate it for applying the next week, but don’t store it for longer than a week.

Keep the following things in mind while applying a face pack:

  • Before applying the face pack, make sure that there is no residual make-up or any other cosmetics on your skin. Clean your face thoroughly with a gentle face wash and use a cleanser too if required.
  • Do not assume that the longer you keep the face pack on for, the more the benefit. A face pack should only be left on for up to a maximum of 15 minutes. Any longer than that, it will cause more harm than good, like causing wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • It is not necessary to use a face pack only when you do a facial. A face pack can safely be used once every week.
  • Wash the face pack with room temperature water only. Do not scrub or scratch it as it will damage your skin.
  • After you use a face pack, there are a lot of open pores on your skin. It is important to close them otherwise dust and other impurities can enter in it. You can close these pores by rubbing some ice on your face for a while.
  • Never apply a face mask anywhere near the eyes. They will not help you get rid of dark circles, but will cause damage to the sensitive area around your skin. These are separate packs and gels available for baggy eyes and dark circles.
  • The bowl and brush that you use for mixing your face pack should be sterilized by cleaning in hot water.
  • Avoid chemical-based face packs as far as possible. They might show good results in the short run, but they will leave long-term side effects on your skin.

Now it is your turn to be the envy of others with a healthy and glowing face that just needs a smile for make-up! Do let us know your thoughts, personal favourites, and if you have tried any of our suggested face packs, did you like the results? We look forward to hear from you!

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