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Celebrate Womanhood, the Natural Way!!

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Women of the 21st century are independent, liberated and progressive than women from the previous era. They have been redefining gender roles and claiming more power to themselves in various walks of life. Women are proving that they could be leaders in all aspects, thereby demonstrating their potentials to the fullest. Although, what most of them have been missing in all this progress is a little care towards themselves and their own body. Between hectic work schedules and taking care of yourself, you probably already have plenty of reasons to pamper yourself and unwind.

So today on International Women’s Day, we are going to discuss 7 easy yet blissful ways to make you feel spoiled, overindulged and treated.

  1. Give Yourself a Foot Massage

Reflexology is an ancient alternative therapy believed to help you heal your body and your mind. The underlying methodology is that each area of your foot relates to a specific body part and by massaging your feet, you can positively impact the rest of your body. During the massage, you’ll be able to feel any cricks or burs under the skin. These are the areas you should focus on to improve your health.

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And at the very least, a good foot massage will leave you with a pampered smile, because it just plain feels awesome.

  1. Use Essential Oils in the Bath

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If you follow a hectic schedule day in and day out, probably you don’t get enough time to relax in the bath. Nothing can beat a long hot bath when it comes to relieving stress. It can also boost your mood, induce sleep, and relax your achy muscles. Bathing with essential oils is one of the most relaxing ways to attend to your ablutions, and is great for your skin.

  1. Detoxify

It is advisable to include a combination of deep cleansing and moisturiseration ration of the skin coupled with massage and heat. Body treatments and scrubs as well as facials rid the skin of impurities by incorporating cleansers, scrubs, and steam to soften the skin. Massage also helps the body release toxins and detoxify. Purifying your body through detox helps boost your immune system and leads to a healthier life.

  1. Care for your Skin

Using organic products will renew your skin to give you a healthy and youthful glow. All you need is a basic cleanser, toner, moisturiser, and broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep your skin in tip-top shape. It also helps maintain the health of your skin to diminish the signs of ageing, and they treat acne and breakouts.

Quick Tip:

 How to prepare and apply Face-mask?

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Clean your face thoroughly, preferably with a natural steam treatment, then make a mask by mixing 3 tablespoons honey with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and massage it into the skin. Leave the mask on for approximately 15 minutes, then rinse it off and dab a rose water-soaked cotton wad on the skin to clean it completely.

This gentle hydrating and cleaning mask will free your skin from all the toxins and stresses of everyday life.

  1. Pamper your Hair with Fresh & Natural Ingredients

Your hair experiences a lot of strain every day. This is why it needs protection and loving care. There are many fresh ingredients in our kitchen that can do wonders in treating our hair and scalp! Just like you get a cleanup done for your face, a hair spa at home might also help enhance the quality of your hair by keeping it well-nourished and pampering it to an extent.

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Quick Tip:

Before you shampoo your hair:

  • Mix a cup full of Virgin Olive Oil, 5 teaspoons of honey and 10 drops of Herbal Oil.
  • Apply generously and distribute evenly. Detangle with fingers.
  • Leave for minimum of 3 minutes.
  • Shampoo your hair twice using your Moisture Shampoo.

After shampooing your hair:

  • Blend an avocado with natural yogurt and mix together with your Intensive Conditioning Mask
  • Apply generously and distribute evenly. Detangle with fingers.
  • Leave in for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse out lightly before sealing in moisture with 3-9 drops of Herbal Oil whilst hair is wet
  1. Eat a Wholesome Breakfast

 Savour on the special day, these nutritious morning meals that are quick to prepare. Enjoy them at home or as you’re sprinting out the door. Here are a few recipes:

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Breakfast Quinoa Bites

Here’s a new way to enjoy quinoa: make mini quinoa breakfast quiches.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 eggs, 1 cup your favourite veggies (spinach or zucchini work well), 1 cup shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Portion it into a lightly greased mini muffin tin, and bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes. These are easy to bring along and delicious to enjoy warm or cold.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are a perfect on-the-go snack any time of day. Blend 1 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk, and a few ice cubes. Add a scoop of your favourite chocolate or vanilla protein for an extra protein boost.

Yogurt With Grapes and Granola

Ingredients:

2 cups plain low-fat yogurt

1/2 cup halved seedless red and green grapes

1/2 cup granola

 Directions:

Divide the yogurt between 2 bowls. Dividing evenly, top with the grapes and granola.

  1. Have a DIY Beauty Day

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Just pick up a soothing body moisturizer, a hair treatment and a new facial product. You can choose one product to absolutely splurge on so it adds an extra level of decadence to the day. Then, scratch everything else out of your diary but beautifying.

 

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What’s so Unique about Manuka Honey?

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The one-phrase answer to that is the Unique Manuka Factor!

But to understand the #story in detail, read on…from the beginning of #Civilization, #Honey has been known as a #Natural #Medicine. It’s known primarily for its #antibacterial and #health enhancing #properties all over the world, with #grandmothers and #mothers advocating its treat-all properties.

Healing Power of Honey

Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that researchers discovered that #honey has natural #Antibacterial qualities. Some honey also stimulates production of special cells that can #repair #tissue damaged by #Infection. In addition, honey has an #AntiInflammatory action. Once applied, it quickly reduces #pain and #inflammation.

The Uniqueness of Manuka Honey

And then at the end of the last century, a breakthrough happened! In 1981 Dr #PeterMolon, Associate Professor of #Biochemistry at #Waikato University discovered that honey from some strains of the #NewZealand Manuka bush contained a unique antibacterial factor not contained in any other variety of honey. Manuka honey is produced by bees that pollinate this native bush.

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Manuka honey’s #highsugar content creates a waterless environment in which the #bacteria are unable to survive. Also an enzyme called #glucose #oxidase makes it #acidic, adding to its unique antibacterial properties. Most people who buy Manuka honey simply put it on their toast or in their tea, but where it really comes into its own is in #treating #wounds.

Components of Manuka Honey

#HydrogenPeroxide in honey gives it its antibiotic quality. In Manuka honey, the major antibacterial component is #methylglyoxal (MG). In manuka honey, MG comes from the conversion of dihydroxyacetone, found in the nectar of manuka flowers. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger is the antibiotic effect.

Honey producers have developed a scale for rating the #potency of manuka honey. The rating is called #UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor (UMF®). The UMF rating corresponds with the #concentration of #MG. In fact, only some strains of the New Zealand Manuka bush produce honeys containing this #UniqueManukaFactor. Manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF.

How Manuka Honey Is Used

Its main medical use is for treating minor wounds and burns. It also:

  • Prevents and treats cancer
  • Reduces high cholesterol
  • Reduces systemic inflammation
  • Treats diabetes
  • Treats eyeear and sinus infections
  • Treats gastrointestinal problems.

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So you see, what’s special about Manuka Honey is its UMF! Check out a special discounted cost  for Manuka Honey at #Natural Mantra’s #FreedomSale only this #Week.


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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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Refreshing green tea recipes, on ice!

On a scorching summer’s day, sipping on a hot cup of freshly brewed green tea isn’t that appealing, right? But who says green tea need only be had hot? Green tea is even more refreshing and nourishing, with all its numerous health benefits intact, when iced and mixed with some fruits, roots and honey!

Here are four exciting green tea recipes, on ice! Take your pick – Watermelon Green Iced Tea or a Green Tea and Ginger one or a frosty Green Tea Cinnamon Smoothie or the Mango Green Iced Tea. Whether you want to make it for yourself or for a summer party or just for your family, these iced green teas and smoothies are very delicious to drink and will make for some great summer memories with your loved ones!

Watermelon Green Iced Tea:

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Serves 2 

Ingredients:

  •          4 cups seedless watermelon flesh, cubed
  •          2 cups hot water
  •          3 green tea bags
  •          Juice of 1 lime
  •          Sugar to taste

 Directions:

  • Blend the watermelon cubes in a blender until pureed. Use a strainer to remove the pulp completely and keep the puree smooth.
  • In a sauce pan, boil the water and add the green tea bags  and allow to steep for 5 minutes, and then remove the bags.
  • Allow the tea to cool at room temperature before adding the watermelon puree, lime juice and sugar. You can also use raw honey instead of sugar, if you are counting calories.
  • Serve immediately over ice.

 Iced Green Tea with Ginger:

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This is an all day, any time refresher which is easy to make with ingredients that are readily available in every household. It takes about five minutes to make, but the effects of the antioxidants in the green tea are everlasting. Drink up for a healthier you!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 green tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 100 grams of fresh, unpeeled sliced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Fresh sprigs of mint
  • Lemon wedges (optional) for garnish

 Directions:

  • Add the water and ginger to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow the bags to steep for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove and strain the tea bags and ginger. Pour the tea into a pitcher, add the honey, lemon juice and stir.
  • Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Serve over iced cubes with lemon wedges and mint sprigs as garnish.

 Green Tea Cinnamon Honey Smoothie:

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Making a smoothie is an easy way to whip up something nutritious when you don’t have a lot of time. This low-calorie cinnamon, honey and green tea smoothie makes for a chilled caffeine break when the temperature rises. Not only will the caffeine in the green tea give you much-needed energy, but cinnamon and green tea have both been shown to have metabolism-boosting properties.  In addition, research has shown that honey may help regulate blood sugar levels, meaning you won’t feel sluggish after this afternoon snack. The next time you’re feeling like you could use a frosty beverage, forget the Frappuccino and make this 139-calorie smoothie instead.

For this recipe, use two or more green tea bags to brew a cup or two of  tea, depending on how strong you’d like it, then keep the tea chilled in your fridge until ready to use. You can also add greens of your choice, like kale or spinach, to add a few more nutrients to this smoothie without altering the taste.

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brewed green tea
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1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • Half a banana

 Directions: 

  • Add one to two scoops of crushed ice to a blender, along with all ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Mango Green Iced Tea: 

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It isn’t summer if they are no mangoes! And a fresh mango and green tea on ice is just the drink to keep us happy and cool all summer long! Bring home those delicious Dusseris, Langdas, Chausas and Alphonsos and blend them into a tall glass of happiness!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 mangoes, peeled and sliced
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 green tea bags
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Directions:

  • Puree mango in a blender with 1/4 cup of sugar and set aside.
  • Pour water into a pot and bring to a boil. When water begins to boil, add tea bags, cover pot with lid and turn off heat.
  • Allow the tea bags to steep for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove bags from the pot and pour in mango puree. Add remaining sugar and mix well.
  • Pour mixture over ice, garnish with mint and serve chilled.

 


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Healthy mornings with a cup of perfect green tea!

Sundays are usually when I give myself a break and wake up late. This Sunday, I woke up at the crack of dawn. Just one of those days when one doesn’t know why one wakes up refreshed and can’t go back to sleep. There is nothing quite as relaxing as having a cup of hot chai early in the morning and gazing outside from my little haven.

Adrak chai, ginger-lemon tea, black tea, Earl Grey,green tea, lemon tea, mint tea or the good old masala cutting – tea in any of its forms gives a warm fuzzy feeling of total comfort. Sitting at the French window and watching the streets stir to life with my green tea brewed to perfection (mixed with a teaspoon of Himalayan flora honey from Under the Mango Tree – Thank you Emily for helping me procure a natural dark honey) was a great start to my idyllic Sunday. Opting for a healthy Sunday, I chose to drink green tea this week.

I’ve had some pretty disastrous attempts at brewing green tea. It’s something that needs to be worked at a few times before one call yell “Eureka!” It’s tough to get it just right enough for ones taste buds. Here’s why –

Water temperature needs to be perfect. If it’s too hot, the flavonoids (the healthy stuff in the tea) make it bitter. Too cold, the tea stays insipid since the flavours are not released.

  • The flavour and sweetness comes from the amino-acids and natural sugars in the leaves while the bitterness comes from tannins or polyphenols. The former bunch dissolves at 60 degrees Celsius while the tannins dissolve at 80 degrees Celsius. So finding the right temperature is crucial.
  • (I don’t use a thermometer. It’s too cumbersome. I turn off the gas the moment the water comes to a boil and then let it sit for a minute or so to cool it down to a 70-75. That’s an approximation. And no, I don’t guarantee that it’s even remotely around the prescribed temperature. But my tea does turn out perfect if I follow that process. Try it and let me know if it worked for you too. And yes, sceptics, do check with a kitchen thermometer and inform me whether I am making a right assumption of the temperature. I would really appreciate any more tips to make my tea better.)

Duration of the brewing: Ideally between 1-3 minutes.

  • The reason this is important is because the bitterness from the tannins will seep into your tea if you leave it for longer than a couple of minutes.

Usage of tea bag and tea leaves makes a difference.

  • I used to use tea bags. But they have to be dipped continually so as to aid in the release of fragrances and not just dipped once and left in. But with tea leaves, you can just pour the water over them and then strain after steeping.

So, here’s my recommendation for brewing a perfect cuppa:

  1. Bring the water to the boil. Turn off the gas. If you use a microwave, I’d say about a minute on high micro-power should do it.
  2. Wait for a minute. Day-dream. Look out the kitchen window. Place the tea bag or the leaves in a cup.
  3. Pour the warm water over the bag or leaves. Leave it for a minute or two.
  4. Strain it. (Don’t throw the leaves or bag away! They’re a good fertilizer for your garden plants and also a good home-based remedy to dark circles.)
  5. Mix one flat teaspoon of natural or organic honey into your tea. (This sweetens the tea a bit and also adds to the health quotient of it.)
  6. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your cuppa.

Steeping time should be balanced with water temperature: the lower the temperature, the longer the tea can be steeped. But remember, it has to be steeped at a minimum of 60 degrees Celsius for proper release of the amino-acids and sugars.

Enjoy your cuppa as you contemplate how you helped improve yourself today by taking a step towards living a healthier lifestyle.

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