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Destroy that Killer Mosquito – in 10 Natural Ways & More!

The dreaded diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Elephantiasis and many others that mosquitoes carry and spread can hardly be over-stressed. Everyone, especially in the monsoons, is bound to take extra-special Mosquito Control care, and protect themselves from insect and mosquito bites.

How to Reduce Mosquito Populations

Prevention & Protection is the first step. You can –

  • Empty stagnant water from containers to stop the mosquito breeding cycle
  • Use window and door screens
  • Cover yourselves while outdoors
  • Use mosquito nets on your bedsteads.

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Insecticides & Bug Repellents

But, Active Protection from mosquitoes is more important. People use insect repellents, or bug sprays, on their skin or clothing or other surfaces to repel insects. Insecticides can also be used  to control adult mosquitoes. Many of these products are chemical based, and cause allergic reactions in humans – coils and mats are also used widely.
For example, we know that burning mosquito coils generates smoke that controls mosquitoes effectively. But do you know that this smoke may contain pollutants that pose significant acute and chronic health risks. Do you know, burning one mosquito coil would release the same amount of toxic chemicals as burning 75-137 cigarettes!? Thankfully, there are a number of natural ways to get rid of this tiny killer!  And fortunately, Natural Mantra has a range of  Organic & Natural Mosquito Repellents to save you from this dire fate!

10 Natural Mosquito Repellents

Neem oil:  Neem is a potent antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral agent. Mixed in equal ratio with coconut oil, and applied, it lends your skin a particular smell that wards off mosquitoes.

Eucalyptus and lemon oil: An equal mixture of lemon oil and eucalyptus oil is effective in repelling mosquitoes from your skin – with both antiseptic and mosquito-repellent properties.

Camphor: Light camphor in a room and close all the doors and windows. Leave it this way for about fifteen minutes and your environment is mosquito-free for up to 8 hours!

Incense: Burning incense in your home not only permeates it with a pleasant fragrance, but keep mosquitoes at bay!

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Tulsi: According to Ayurveda, simply planting a tulsi shrub near your window is all you need to keep mosquitoes away.

Garlic: The strong and pungent odour of garlic prevents mosquito bites and even prevents them from entering your home.

Tea tree oil: Its odour helps prevent mosquitoes from biting you and drives them away. You can use it directly on your skin or add a few drops to a vaporizer.

Mint: According to studies, mint oil and mint extract are effective insect repellents. You can use it in a vaporizer to help fill the room with the scent of mint, apply the oil on your body or plant the shrub outside your window.

Lavender: The divine scent of this flower is often quite strong for mosquitoes making them unable to bite. Use lavender oil as a natural room freshener or apply it on your skin.

Citronella: Citronella oil, an essential oil extracted from lemongrass or Citronella Plant,  prevents mosquito bites efficiently. Just infuse this extract in a candle or use it in a vaporizer to help you stay mosquito-bite free.

You can either hunt for these oils all over, or you can log on to Natural Mantra’s site for a range of Organic Mosquito-repellents & Natural Mosquito Coils, dhoop sticks, gels, balms and creams, reed diffusers, candles and vaporizers to keep you mosquito, and disease free!

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Win the Battle of the Bulge. How to go from #Fat to #Fit in 8 Yummy Ways!

 

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Are you in the great #Battle of the #Bulge #crisis? Is #BellyFat giving you #sleepless #nights?

Why Do People Get Belly Fat?

Fat seems to always head straight for the waistline, doesn’t it? Belly fat is not just a natural part of the aging process. Other factors make you more likely to get belly fat as well.

What is Belly Fat really?

More women than men gain belly fat. How much fat you gain, and where, is influenced not only by age, but also by family history, hormones and birth weight. Belly fat is also more common in women who’ve given birth or undergoing menopause. You see, belly fat is not just about the soft, cushy subcutaneous fat that you can see and touch. It has yet another layer called visceral fat that forms deep inside your abdomen, around your organs. Subcutaneous fat is like a storage area for all of the calories you aren’t using, but visceral fat cells are biologically active, increasing your insulin resistance and putting you more at risk for certain health problems.

What Health Risks?

Belly fat is more than just an aesthetic problem. Medical experts know that it can shorten your life. It is linked to several chronic conditions, including heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, dementia and breast and colorectal cancers.

Trimming It Down

Sonakshi Sinha did it…You could be next!!! Visceral fat is easily trimmed if you exercise. However, targeting belly fat with sit-ups and other abdominal exercises won’t do the trick. These exercises simply tone your abdominal muscles. Bur exercising every day burns belly fat when coupled with a reduced-calorie diet comprised of healthy foods in appropriate portion sizes.

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Well, here are 8 #Superfoods that cut belly fat!!!

Green tea: Shrinks your waistline. The #Flavonoids have natural #AntiInflammatory properties, and the compound #EGCG helps reduce body fat.

Foods rich in Omega-3: Food sources of #omega-3s include #walnuts and #flaxseed.

Garlic: #Garlic controls #bloodsugar and #insulin levels. Thus your body can maximize fat burning for energy, resulting in reduced belly fat. It is also a #thermogenic that boosts #metabolism.

Mint: One tablespoon #honey, a pinch of #pepper, and some crushed #mint leaves steeped in hot water soothes the abdomen, dissolves fat and boosts metabolism. The result – a flat #tummy!!!

Cinnamon: #Cinnamon is a great fat burner. Drink the steeped cinnamon powder with honey in water before breakfast and before bed-time for best results.

Watermelon: #Watermelon contains 82 per cent water, which helps your stomach not crave for food. Watermelon is also rich in vitamin C.

Apple: Eating #apple also helps reduce belly fat. It helps your stomach feel full because it contains potassium and many vitamins. So, eat an apple in breakfast to get the desired tummy size.

Banana: #Bananas are also rich in potassium and multivitamins, and help you to resist the food cravings. Plus, banana boosts the metabolic rate, thus melting belly fat.

You can supplement these with what #Mother Nature has given in plenty, as in these products from #NaturalMantra!

Enter the fray with gusto! It’s courage, hard work and discipline that will help you win the battle with #BellyFat!

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Celebrity Fact from healthmeup.com

 


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10 Kitchen Spices that can help you live better

The humble herb and spice rack in your kitchen today need not be just a decorative feature. They can in fact hold a plethora of natural healing ingredients that can also add great taste to the foods you eat every day.
Of all the herbs and spices you can choose from for flavor, there are 10 that are more powerful than the rest. Below is the list and you may well be surprised to learn of the many diverse conditions for which they’ve proven so very useful.

CINNAMON – Cinnamon bark contains an oily chemical called cinnamaldehyde that kills a variety of illness causing bacteria. It also helps regulate the menstrual cycle and checks flooding during menopause. Also cinnamaldehyde has a tranquilizing effect that helps reduce anxiety and stress.
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CLOVE – Oil of clove is 60 to 90 percent eugenol – a potent pain deadening antimicrobal. It is the most effective stopgap measure for tooth-pain. Clove is also among the spices that can help the body use insulin more effectively, thus lowering blood sugar somewhat. It also speeds up the healing of cold sores.
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FENNEL – Rich in volatile oils, fennel can ease bloating, gas pains, and digestive spasms in the small and large intestines. It can also reduce bad breath and body odor that originates in the intestines. Women who are breastfeeding may find that fennel, which works in a way similar to the body’s hormones, increases milk flow.

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GARLIC – Crushed garlic helps bring down cholesterol and blood pressure and also helps prevents blood clots. It can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The various compounds present in garlic kill bacteria and viruses that cause earaches, flu and colds. It is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea.

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GINGER – When it comes to quelling the queasiness of motion sickness, ginger has no equal say herbalists. They also recommend it as an effective pain-killer. Ginger beats dimenhydrate, the main ingredient in motion sickness drugs such as Dramamine, for controlling symptoms of seasickness and motion sickness. Ginger stimulates saliva flow and digestive activity, settles the stomach, relieves vomiting, eases pain from gas and diarrhea, and is effective as an anti-nausea remedy.

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TURMERIC – Turmeric is known as Natural Aspirin in the glossary of Ayurvedic medicines. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties relieve swelling and pain due to headaches. It prevents infection and heals wounds too. It helps fight free radicals that damage skin and make it lose its glow and elasticity.

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BASIL – It is one herb that you should definitely keep handy during summers. Simmer down on a hot, harried day by adding the herb to your iced tea: Add 2 or 3 leaves (per serving) while your tea is steeping. It is also a super source of iron. This helps in replenishing a woman’s body during menstruation. It is great to detoxify your liver too.

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FENUGREEK –  is an amazing magic herb that has been traditionally recommended for lowering blood sugar levels. It is highly recommended for lactating mothers. It is extremely beneficial for the treatment of wounds, bronchitis, digestive problems, arthritis, kidney problems, hair & skin and male reproductive conditions.

MUSTARD – They can help control asthma due to their anti inflammatory properties. It is a great source of flavonoids and caretonoid antioxidants that helps in slowing the aging process. To ease pain make a small bundle of the seeds in a muslin cloth, and add it to warm bath water. Either have a long relaxing bath, or soak your tired and aching feet for instant relief. Another great way is to apply the paste of the seed on the area for a few minutes.

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CUMIN – Also known as Jeera, is much more than simply a spice. It helps improve concentration, beats constipation, fights cancer, regulates blood pressure and your heart rate, relieves asthma and cold, prevents anemia, improves your sexual health, is great for pregnant women since it helps them with the symptoms of morning sickness, beats insomnia and enhances memory. Just pop a spoonful of it at the start of your day and see the difference.

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