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GO GREEN, STAY SAFE WITH CHIC ORGANIC CLOTHING!!!

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Why is Organic clothing the fashion rage the world over?! India, as the original fashion capital of the world (remember, mere mortals from the world over braved the high seas to reach India for her silks and cottons!!!) – leads in contemporary Organic Fashion – Clothing & Accessories, for men & women!!!

What is Organic Clothing? 

Organic clothing is made of all-natural, non-synthetic materials and is a part of the organic agriculture movement. This emphasizes farming and processing that work with nature and help minimize air, soil and water pollution. Organic clothing materials come from plants that have not been radiated, genetically modified or treated with synthetic or chemical pesticides.  Organic fabrics like cotton, wool, silk, Bamboo and hemp meet regulations set by Organic Trade Associations. 

 What is SAFE about Organic Clothing?

To understand this, we need to understand the Dangers of Non-organic Clothing. These are often the source of contact dermatitis, an allergic reaction. The dyes, resins and formaldehyde used in processing fabrics could cause reactions. Synthetic fibers and wool can act as irritants.

The World Health Organization estimates that pesticides poison at least 3 million people every year . Over half of the pesticides used in cotton cultivation as likely to cause cancer in humans . Many pesticides have been shown to cause a range of other health concerns in humans, like:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Neurological Disorders
  • and Birth Defects.

Children exposed to methyl parathion, an insecticide, are observed to suffer memory loss and emotional swings.

 What is GREEN about Organic Clothing?

It is Fashion with Responsibility! Clothing and fabrics made using entirely non-chemical means of production – including chemical fertilizers and pesticides is a sustainable means of living in co-existence with Nature. Organic agricultural methods are totally sustainable, helping reduce the Carbon Footprint. Plus, Organic farming also uses 50 percent less energy than conventional farming .

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Benefits of Organic Clothing

  • The environmental benefits of organic clothing stem from the fact that growers produce cotton without synthetic fertilizers or toxic herbicides and pesticides, from non-genetically engineered seed.
  • Authentic organic fabrics and clothing can help the environment in a number of ways:
  • No chemical pesticides are used
  • Organic cotton farming produces far less CO2 emissions – Organic farming takes 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per acre per year, taken out of the atmosphere
  • Organic cotton farming uses up to 60% less water than conventional farming methods
  • Pesticide or herbicide residues are not released accidentally into the environment
  • Humans and animals are not exposed to chemical pesticides or herbicides
  • When the fabric is discarded, pesticides and herbicides are not returned to the earth in landfill, or enter into the recycling process.

An easy way to stock up on fine yoga clothes and casual organic clothing is to check out the comprehensive range here at Natural Mantra. Take a look at the showcase!!!

A range of yoga clothes and tops & bottoms for men, as well as for women, plus accessories and bags.

Think Organic, wear Organic. Today!

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Eating Watercress is Anti-Ageing, an Aphrodisiac, a cure for Hangovers, and much more!

If you want to roll back the years, forget expensive creams and lotions! A recent study shows that adding one bag of watercress a day to your diet can improve your skin tone and reduce wrinkles! In the new study, 10 out of 11 female volunteers experienced visible improvements to their skin after just four weeks of adding one bag of watercress a day to their diet. One woman even managed to reduce her facial wrinkles by an incredible 39 per cent! Incredible, right? The majority of women also reported increased energy levels. During the trial, the volunteers made no other changes to their usual health and beauty regime. They were allowed to eat their daily quota of watercress in any way they chose – in salads, sandwiches, whizzed into smoothies or wilted into pasta, however it was not allowed to be cooked, only to be consumed fresh.

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Watercress usually grows along the banks of slow-running streams and rivers in Europe, Asia and America. It is characterized by its small, round leaves, with a pungent, peppery flavor. The small white flowers appear in flat clusters are called corymbs. The fresh, tender leaves of watercress have to be harvested just before flowering, because after flowering they become bitter and are no longer good to eat. The health benefits of watercress have been known since ancient days, when it was used as an aphrodisiac by royalty. Watercress has plenty of health and therapeutic properties. However, due to its strong, pungent and bitter taste, it is never used alone, but is always added to juices, salads or other dishes as an ingredient, flavor or garnish.

Benefits of Watercress: 

Anti-anaemic Effect: Watercress is particularly helpful in treating different types of anemia due to its high content in iron. Iron is essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin, and folic acid, which plays a key role in the maturation of red cells in the bone marrow. The right amount of vitamin C in watercress also makes better absorption of iron.

Anti-inflammatory Properties: Watercress is rich in vitamin C, which has an anti-inflammatory action and can help prevent or relieve the symptoms of cold, flu and other types of inflammation.

Anti-oxidant and anti-cancer Effects: Just as many other herbs, watercress is rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidant substances help prevent or fight the damage caused by free radicals to body tissues, thereby contributing to prevent premature aging, as well as lower the risk of developing cancer and many other chronic or degenerative diseases.

Aphrodisiac Effect: Several historical sources show that watercress has been used for its aphrodisiac effect since the age of the ancient Romans and Persians. This could be due to its high zinc and iron content.

Blood Glucose: Although not definitely proven, it seems that watercress can help control blood sugar levels and prevent or treat high blood glucose. It is probable that the hypoglycemic effect of watercress is in part due to its high content in soluble fiber, that helps reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the intestine. This effect is particularly helpful for individuals with diabetes.

Bone Health: The right proportion of calcium, magnesium, manganese, vitamins A, C and K in watercress helps promote and maintain healthy and strong bones.

Cough: The sulphur glycosides found in watercress have been shown to modify bronchial secretions and exert an expectorant effect, which can be used to treat many forms of chronic bronchitis.

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Digestive Function: Watercress does improve digestive function, due to its high content in vitamin C and fiber, which stimulate salivary and gastric secretions and the motility of the intestinal tract respectively.

DNA, preserve: In a laboratory test, it was found that daily consumption of watercress increase the ability of cells to resist DNA damages to lymphocytes (white blood cells).

Eye Health: The high content in phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin are potent anti-oxidants; together with vitamin A and zinc all in this herb help greatly improve eye health.

Hair Health: Watercress can be used topically to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss, due to its sulfur, iron, zinc and vitamin A content. The best results are obtained by rubbing the scalp and the hair with a watercress tincture.

Hangover: A hangover happens when the liver gets overloaded with toxic alcohol. Watercress juice is so concentrated with so much cleansing goodness that it activates the detoxifying enzymes in the liver for detoxifying a hangover.

Purifying Effect: Watercress has been used for centuries for its purifying effects. It enhances the diuresis and helps give the colon a good “spring-cleaning”, thereby effectively removing toxins from the body.

Skin Health: When used topically, watercress juice can be helpful in relieving skin eczema, as well as other skin conditions. Its high content of vitamin A and C best obtained by juicing are also beneficial for healthy skin.

Teeth: Chewing watercress makes teeth stronger. It also cures bleeding of the gum or gingivitis.

Thyroid Gland: The high iodine content in watercress can help prevent goiter, improve the function of the thyroid gland and relieve the symptoms of many forms of hypothyroidism.

 

 


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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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