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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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Make Naturally Flavoured Water at home to cool your body!

Water is extremely important to the human body! It provides energy, prevents headaches caused by dehydration, curbs false hunger cravings, makes skin look fresh and dewy, revs up metabolism and detoxifies the entire body.

Just to shake things up on the water front, let’s try making Naturally Flavoured Water at home, with fruits and vegetables and no chemicals whatsoever like in the store bought waters! And all these waters are a great way to detoxify your body and beat the summer heat, naturally!

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Mint Cucumber Lime GingerTake 1/2 a cucumber and grate it, slice 1/2 a lime into thin slivers, chop up 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, grate a knob of fresh ginger and add to a liter of water and stir it around. Make sure you store it in a glass mason jar or any glass container. Keep it in the fridge and drink it all day. You can add water to it when it runs out, without mixing any of the ingredients again, but only for a day. It is the most refreshing drink you’ll ever have and your body will thank you for it.

Strawberry Lemon with Basil – Slice up 1/2 cup of strawberries, slice 1/2 a lemon into thin slivers and 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves and muddle it in the mason jar. Add a liter water and keep it in the fridge. Enjoy all day!

Watermelon Mint – Cube a cup of a juicy watermelon, chop up 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves and add 1 liter of water. Store it in the fridge and hydrate your body through the day.

Pineapple Orange Ginger – Cube 1/2 cup of a fresh pineapple, slice 1/2 an orange into small pieces, grate a tablespoon of fresh ginger and add it all to a liter of water. Fresh, homemade flavored water inside your fridge!

If you’d like to sweeten your water just a bit more, add natural sweeteners like Organic Raw Honey, Agave, Stevia or Coconut Sugar. You can also try making these refreshing flavored waters with other fruits like Kiwis, Mangoes, Peaches – any fruit that you enjoy eating.  There is no fresh fruit combination that can go wrong really.


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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!

About NaturalMantra.com

In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.

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