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5 Essentials this Diwali

diwali must have emailer bannerDiwali is here again! Eyes alight with the joy of sharing and caring, all Indians celebrate this triumph of good over evil – festival with gaiety and an infectious happiness!

With the festival of lights knocking on the door, a majority of us have already stocked up, or have at least decided on, gifting options for our family and friends. Yes, Diwali is not just about sharing the joy and happiness with the ones you care, but also the spreading a general sense of enlightenment and contentment. And it really helps to plan and prepare for such festivities.

We have identified 5 essential products that any household must have before festive tidings come flooding in.

  1. Take for instance, the Aloe Vera Gel, which has an intrinsic property of being anti-septic and heals skin inflammation, infections, allergies, blisters and even insect bites. Besides these, aloe vera gel keeps the skin hydrated and is effective in removing tan too. Being an almost instant remedy for burns, it is quite a handy product during Diwali, especially if you have kids at home.
  2. No Indian festival is complete without prayers being offered to the deity and foreheads being marked with crimson-red kumkum paste. During Diwali, and in puja ceremonies across households, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Traditionally KumKum has been observed as a mark of devotion and forms one of the most important ingredients in a puja thali.
  3. When it comes to decking up during Diwali, we Indians do like to leave no stone unturned. Whether it’s ourselves, or our home, we do take our appearance, well-being and our living ambience seriously. It’s only natural that when it’s Diwali, we’d ensure that our Home Sweet Home reflects positivity. How, do you ask? Indie Eco Candles Pink Jasmine is a handcrafted candle which is made with vegetable wax instead of the regular synthetic paraffin wax that is packed with petrochemicals. And who doesn’t like some clean, green and non-toxic fragrance to fill up their living space!  The aroma of essential oils infused into the candles is long-lasting and naturally uplifting. It only gets better with Pink Jasmine in particular as it promotes relaxation, reduces stress, while elevating feelings of happiness, contentment and confidence. Now isn’t that a relief!
  4. There’s more ways one can celebrate the festive spirit! Let us not forget to stock up on the oh-so-important dry fruits. Cashews, to be specific. It’s almost hard to find a home during Diwali which has not yet hoarded up on cashew nuts. And why should we not! Don’t they just taste fabulous? Add to this the peace of mind that comes with knowing that these cashews from Natural Mantra are organic and contain zero cholesterol. And we’re sure when we tell you that these nuts are coated with real, flavourful saffron, you’d find it irresistible!
  5. And finally, how can the spirit of Diwali ever be complete without sharing good wishes. Sharing what we consider important to us with friends, family and others, is the first step towards bridging gaps and narrowing differences. Such is our culture that an unexpected gift, no matter how small, is always received with arms wide open. So, why not make a kind and thoughtful gesture and communicate your wishes with greeting cards? Make no mistake. Not all greeting cards are the same. For instance, Omved Plant card – Prosperity is eco-friendly; has no dyes, additives, or chemicals; and made using 100% recycled ingredients. And to top it off, there’s a printed message on this card which is the Sanskrit bij mantra shreem for ‘prosperity’.

With still a week left to capitalize on, wouldn’t you hurry already? Share your happy thoughts on the same and if perchance there’s something that we’ve missed that you think counts as important as a Diwali essential, leave us a line below. It’s always great to hear the thoughts of kindred spirits, who believe in holistic, healthy living.

Here’s wishing you a safe, prosperous and Happy Diwali!


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Tips for a safe Holi

Tips for personal care

  1. Use a good baby oil or plain coconut oil generously on your hair, face and body (not just the exposed skin). This helps the colour wash off easily when you shower after the festivities are done. The oil also acts as a buffer and prevents excessive contact of powdered colours with your skin.
  2. Using a Q-tip, apply oil to the outer ears and to the nooks and crannies of your nails to prevent colour from lodging in them. Use cotton balls/ear plugs for your ears to prevent colour and water from entering them.
  3. Use a good quality lip balm. The colourful water when it dries up leaves sensitive lip skin dried out and dull. The lip balm is a preventive strategy to ensure that lips stay moisturised.
  4. Wear a bandana. Your chipkoo hair-style would be hidden well. And your coolness quotient would go up by 1000 points. And your hair would be at the receiving end of minimum contact with colours.
  5. Wear full sleeved t-shirts or kurtas paired with pants that reach your ankles – again, for maximum coverage.
  6. Thank anyone who eggs your head. J A bit strange but not when you know that egg is a great conditioner for your hair! This gesture of thanking will also succeed in irking the “egg”er because you didn’t get worked up at his smelly gesture.
  7. After the celebrations, dust off the excess colour before stepping into the shower. It will be easier to scrub off the remaining colour. It will also help you shower quicker using less water.

Tips for children

  1. Teach children to play a safe Holi. Discourage them from smearing colour near their friends’ or family members’ eyes, nose and onto their hair.
  2. Ensure that the area where they are celebrating Holi is dry. Be vigilant once they commence playing on wet and slippery grounds after the pichkaris make their entrance.
  3. Encourage them to play a dry Holi. This will help them understand the need to save water.
  4. When they play with wet colours, strictly enforce a “no muddy water” policy. Children often splash around in the same water which they spray onto their friends and stays on the ground. Sometimes, this can lead to them suctioning the water from the ground itself into the pichkari.

Tips for women

  1. Avoid playing Holi in unfamiliar localities. Have a trusted friend accompany you to and from your place to theirs.
  2. Wear no jewellery. It will stain and you will need to take extra effort to polish and clean it later. It also might make you more susceptible to street crime.

Tips for the environment

  1. Make pichkaris and colours at home. For information on how to do this, refer to our earlier post on how to celebrate a chemical free Holi.
  2. Discourage friends and family from throwing rubber balloons and water-filled plastic bags.
  3. Use your worst clothes – preferably those that are on their last wearable cycle. Rags, torn denims, dark coloured clothes are a plus. You don’t have to put time, money and effort into washing them at home or giving them for laundering.

Miscellaneous

  1. If you plan to eat or drink, keep antiseptic soap at hand. Or carry a hand sanitizer.
  2. Keep over-the-counter anti-allergy tablets handy if you or anyone you know may have an adverse reaction to any colours.
  3. Do not over-indulge in any intoxicants.

NaturalMantra.com wishes you a wonderful, eco-friendly, non-toxic and safe Holi. 🙂

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