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Celebrate Mother’s Day With Beautiful Eco-Friendly Gifts

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Mothers are the human beings that should be celebrated every day. It so happens that we forget the magnificent achievements of mothers in our daily routine. Her contribution to our lives cannot be rewarded in any other way than our love. If a small token of affection is added to this, it will make Mother’s Day that much special. It is a tradition that is almost 108 years old and is meant for the woman who is a caregiver, a teacher, a manager; only the few duties that she performs on the go while making sure that her children have the best. While one day is not enough to appreciate such an important person, however Mother’s Day gives us this special chance to pamper her to the fullest. Just A beautiful mother’s day card with a heartfelt message can win her heart, as they say but this year we recommend you to walk that extra mile to embrace her, lover her more and more!

Make this day exceptional by adding one of the many small gifts mentioned below, coupled with a special Mother’s Day message.

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1Indie Eco Candles

Candles signify more than just home decor accessories. They dispel darkness and bring light and growth into our lives. A mother is no less than a candle, and these aromatic organic candles will certainly be the perfect gift for her. This assorted pack of 4 candles with no harmful toxin emissions can be lighted in any corner of the room to brighten up the area. Additionally, the scent of essential oils like cinnamon with a hint of orange, jasmine, vanilla cream, and lemongrass will relax every stressed mother from the inside.

2. Maduban Naturals Handmade Pomegranate Chocolates          

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It is not just the children who deserve to be pampered with chocolates, but mothers do too. Though in the latter’s case, it is the taste and health that have to be kept in mind as she did for all our meals. Maduban Natural’s premium dark chocolates are rich with pomegranate fruit extract, fruit bits and nuts, which form a tasty as well as healthy snack for every mom-on-the-go. Its health contributions like ant ageing properties and iron content will make it a thoughtful and essential gift.

3. Omved Aromatherapy Health Massage Oil Set

It is an everyday task to be a mother with no time to relax. For such frantic moments, aromatherapy works like magic to ease out all the stress. This product containing various aromatherapy massage oils captures all the charm in one box to make sure that stress disappears in a jiffy. Massaging or inhaling these oils work just perfect for the tired out moms. The blended oils relax the nervous system and further helps to calm the mind that is always running high gear. It gets them rejuvenated with gorgeous skin and a peaceful night sleep enjoying the most relaxing oil therapy.

4. Wild Earth Indulgence Gift Set

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A mother’s day should always begin with a soothing combination of love and care. These handmade natural bath gift sets, each comprising of natural soaps, organic shampoo and lotion will provide with the same. The vanilla coffee loofah is a unique soap that will scrub away the dead cells revealing a supple skin for summers especially. The embedded loofah slowly removes all non-essentials away. The soothing Ylang Ylang soap is loaded with calming notes that can chase away every wandering thought. The Rose Honey Face and Body wash keeps the skin smelling with the freshness of roses while the Almond Saffron Body Lotion helps to make the skin glow.

5. Soulflower Hair care Hamper Set

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She has groomed us to be the beautiful little souls that we are, so why not indulge her with this hamper of hair care. It is a pack of massage oils with each one having their own unique caring properties formulated specially for a mother’s hair. The refreshing lavender massage oil will help promoting healthy hair, which is thick from the roots. Soulflower cold pressed jojoba carrier oil will help control any frizz while the rosemary essential oil will help distress the mind, reduce exhaustion and lethargy. Together, this hamper will provide your mother the care as well as the compliments she always deserved.

 6. Energy Booster Pack

Finally, it is time the backbone of the family had her pack of strength. Everyday stress takes away a lot of calcium from the system and as women age the body has problems retaining this element naturally. The supplements provide women with the essential calcium, and the bones absorb its CAL-VITA complex easily, which eliminates degenerative diseases like Osteoporosis. As motherhood is a job with no holidays it is essential that we take extra care of this genius member of our family and make sure she is as healthy as she can be. After all, a healthy mother is what makes a healthy family.

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Neem Combs can do Wonders for your Hair!

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Today men and women are extremely conscious about their physical appearance in everyday life, and perhaps are indulging in a series of actions to ensure a healthy and polished exterior. Our hair is one of the primary aspects that contribute to our outer personality. Wonder how would people react if you turned bald one day?

Since our hair speak volumes for us, it is necessary to nurture them and make sure they are conditioned with natural products. As your first step, using the right kind of comb for your tresses can help you battle routinal hair problems. It is advised by beauty experts that combing your hair is one of the easiest ways to maintain soft, shiny and healthy hair. And even better so if you comb it the right way using a Neem Wooden Comb.

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Combing your scalp with strong and long movements from the front of the scalp to the back, and then from side to side is a technique that can remove tiredness from the body and mind. This massaging action using a comb helps to re-energise the body and calm the mind. Hence it is recommended that you comb your hair 100 times before bed so that you can sleep better.

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Neem is a tree that is known for its enormous medicinal benefits that have been used for centuries in India. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory, very popular for its healing properties. Many shampoos, soaps and cosmetics contain Neem oil. A new entry in the organic and sustainable living space is the Neem Wooden Comb which is proving to be useful for hair health and is environment friendly.

To simplify the search for you, we have listed down different variants of neem wooden combs, which are easily available online as well as in stores.

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1. Styling Combs

Styling combs are the ones which are necessary if you frequently like changing the way your hair falls, or the way it is styled. For women, styling combs can help in highlighting their fringes in one way while for men, it helps to keep the spike right us after applying the gel. Wooden combs are both durable and heat resistant, and thus it helps in styling your hair and get you that perfect look!

2. Grooming Combs

The grooming combs come with a handle for support and with teeth that are at a distance, unlike the styling combs which have too many teeth clinged to one another. Grooming combs have rounded burst-free teeth that make it comfortable for any length of hair by ensuring maximum protection. These slide in easily through wet hair and are usually used to make your hair tangle-free.

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3. Fine Tooth Comb

The fine tooth combs are neither for styling nor to comb out tangles, but to ensure protection of scalp. With the use of a fine tooth comb, one can get rid of the foreign parasites such as lice which sometimes infect the scalp without our knowledge leading to itching and increase in dandruff. Using a fine tooth comb, especially the neem wooden comb, after applying the appropriate oil and shampoo can bring out the dead parasites, thereby ensuring safety of your scalp and hair.

4. Teasing Comb

Teasing combs basically are the ones which are also used for styling but they are further useful in professional styling like creating poufs for women hairstyles and to give volume to hair by combing it in a particular manner. Even for men, when you back comb using the teasing comb, it helps to maintain the hairstyle in the right way and keeps it intact for longer periods.

5. All Purpose Comb

There are a variety of wooden combs which have fine teeth on one end and wide teeth on the other. They are available without handles which can be used for various purposes such as sectioning, styling, detangling, barbering, and backcombing.

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When using wooden combs, remember to clean them regularly so that they are in the best possible condition to treat your hair. Use it daily and brush often to keep your hair looking smooth, shiny, long and lustrous.

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Keeping these tools handy are a great way to take care of your hair and to style it the way you want for any event without much of a hassle and running into salons every other day. It is often a good hair spray and the right comb that contribute to the way a great hair-do is pulled off, whether it is an asymmetrical haircut or just a short bob with bangs.

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5 Useful Home Décor Solutions for Earth Day, 2016

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This Friday, instead of finding your way to the club or running home early from office, it is the the day to celebrate Earth Day which falls on April 22nd every year. The event that began way back in 1970, now has more than 1 billion people from more than 193 countries observing this day, making it the largest civic observance in the world!

This Day which initially began as an event, now has commemorated as an annual celebration co-ordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. And this year, the landmark, Paris Agreement is scheduled to be signed by the United States, China and more 120 countries. This signing satisfies a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris.

Do you not want to do your bit in contributing to the globally recognised Earth Day?

Do not restrict the celebration to putting the lights out in your household for an hour in a day. Instead,

We have a list of things that you could do to contribute to celebrating Earth Day, once, twice or more in the 365 days. And, we will tell you how!

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1. Climate Change is For Real!

While everyone is concerned with the summers becoming hotter and winters becoming cooler in different parts of the world, little realising is that we are the ones responsible for it, too. And therefore, it has now become necessary to promote planting trees and protesting against deforestation on a remarkable scale. Most of the countries are also encouraging gardening as a vocational pattern, in order to balance out the ecological system. While, planting trees might require the support of a tree plantation drive, we can develop a garden right in our backyards and balconies with the right kind of knowledge and organic solutions for garden problems.

2. Switch Off!

Most of us fail to understand that we are responsible, for the “often” power failures and the electricity shortage. It is necessary to ensure that there is no wastage of electricity which can be done by- Switching off the unwanted appliances and using less power consumption utilities instead of doing it only for one hour in 365 days.

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Also, while we switch off the electricity to observe the “Earth Hour”, it is equally essential to switch off the inverter in a way that there is absolutely “nil” power consumption from your household and instead make use of natural candles, which include vegetable wax rather than the scented and other extravagant variations that are not even eco-friendly.

3. Organic Products for a Natural World!

As the consumption of artificial products are increasing day by day, it is leading to a wastage of our essential and other energy sources. For instance, we might make use of a washing machine to save water but it is also necessary that we also employ eco-friendly laundry products that contain natural ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate and rock salt that work in a supplementary manner.

4. Nature for a company?

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Well, most of us in our busy routines have forgotten the importance of nature around us. We hardly take a look at the surroundings while walking on the streets or while taking our dog out for a stroll in the garden. Have you ever taken a solo trip to be in the company of the nature? It’s a beautiful feeling because the greens respond to each and every conversation in some way or the other. So every day, make it a point to get up and say hello! to your garden and give them some water. It could be great if you could go backpacking amongst the naturals, once in a while!

5. Indulge in Organic Dishwashing

Whether you hand wash dishes or use a dishwasher, the soap, detergent or rinse you use to get them clean will go straight down the drain and into our waterways and environment. Cleaning your dishes with products free of hazardous chlorine bleach, ammonia, and phosphates is a must for your health and for the planet. The organic dishwash powder contains natural ingredients such as organicsoapberries, neem leaves and lemongrass essential oil. It is highly recommended for cleaning baby’s feeding bootles and cutlery.

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Going Tech for Earth Day!

If you thought these traditional methods were the only way to contribute to our planet, well this year The App Store along with WWF has teamed up with a set of developers to bring out Apps for the Earth, which are in turn fundraising for different earth-related causes like conservation and preventing global warming and much more.

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So what is going to be your pick from the above to help contribute to the planet?
Whatever it is, make sure, you go all-organic because that is the best and the foremost method that you can help save the Mother Earth in your little way!

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Beat Diabetes the Natural Way, this World Health Day 2016!

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The World Health Organization (WHO) marked April 7th of each year as the World Health Day to focus on the severity of the ailments that people are increasingly facing in today’s world. Unfortunately diseases like Cancer and Diabetes have topped the charts in affecting people on a large scale.

According to a research, it also suggests that ever since 1980, the number of people living with diabetes has quadrupled to nearly 422 million adults across age groups (right from 10 to 90 years). And this is a clear indication of progress happening in the absolute wrong direction!

The main goals of celebrating The World Health Day 2016 is to promote awareness for Diabetes, and the complementary burden that it causes on the individuals and families. This plaguing situation is observed especially in lesser developed and developing economies, wherein India stands sturdy amongst this number.

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Today, Diabetes is not restricted to a particular age group or to even a section of the society, and it’s not even a disease which cannot be prevented. Diabetes are of two types – Type I and Type II and the latter is more widespread and is usually caused due to the lack of insulin in the body. If proper care is ensured, it is very much possible to refrain from getting diabetic even if the person has a so-called “Hereditary Case”.

The reason why it is necessary to read immensely about the disease, is because, there are suggestive precautionary medications and proper treatment available for diabetes prevention. Also, though most of us might not be realising, Diabetes is actually endangering lives. For instance, in 2012 itself, about 1.5 million people died due to Diabetes being the direct cause.

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And hence, it is essential that we adopt methods to Beat Diabetes which has been the main goal this year for celebrating World Health Day. There are certain basics that we could alter in our daily routine to ensure lesser risk of being prone to Diabetes, such as:

1. Keeping a Check on your Weight:

Excessive weight is a major motivator of contracting Diabetes as it increases the chances nearly 7 fold. Additionally, being obese can make you develop diabetes nearly 20-40 times more than a healthy individual.

2. Don’t be a Couch Potato:

A majority of the population is suffering from diabetes because of inactivity and the lethargic working conditions that people are following, these days. In earlier times, people would be subjected to some form of laborious tasks, either at work or at home.

Today, as one of the comfortable generations, people have forgotten to get themselves good physical activity going, which is also a major cause behind people falling ill and contracting ailments.

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3. Include a Veggies and Fruits in Your Diet:

We know you love your taste buds!

But we are sure you love your health and wealth too. So if you do not want to risk your life to diabetes, make sure you adopt a healthy lifestyle. And the first step, is to have a healthy diet that includes vegetables, greens and fruits as well as good amounts of meat and water. Consumption of whole fruit extract such as Pomegranate and Jamun may help control blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetes, as well as improving the function of beta cells in the pancreas.

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4. Skip the Sugary Drinks, choose Water or Juices instead:

You could be a big fan of beverages, hot or cold. They aren’t any good for your health though. Instead you could opt for Juices or Milkshakes or even a good intake of Apple Cider Vinegar along with water that can do the best to your body and keep it in good health!

5. Keep away from Alcohol and Tobacco:

If you think the high that you get from consuming liquor or by smoking is any good, you are mistaken. It can only temporarily help you out of your problem, by further endangering your life. So it is the best, to avoid any sort of health risks. Exercising regularly can benefit the body and mind well, and intake of supplements for the same, must be consumed with proper advice from the dietician or medical practicioner.

6. How Herbs can help as precautionary tools against Diabetes:

We often forget to consume herbs. And therefore looking at what it could do for our well-being, a good intake of products which contain ingredients such as Amlaki Ghana, Belpatra Ghana, Bivala Ghana, Guduchi Ghana, Haldee Ghana, Karela Ghana generate insulin and help in pancreatic cell regeneration. The corresponding benefits include supporting healthy blood sugar levels and having immunomodulatory activity that work as a therapy against Type I diabetes.

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7. Replace Sugar with Stevia – It delivers lots of Sweetness without the Calories:

When you crave for something sweet, you likely reach for sugar-filled foods. But sugar, and other natural sweeteners, can elevate blood sugar levels. Stevia, which comes from the herb Stevia Rebaudiana, is widely used as a sweetener around the world and is safe for diabetics. It is a perfect substitute because it is an organic sweetener, also having negligible effect on body glucose levels.

8. Elephant Apple Powder: A Natural Remedy for Diabetes:

The common fruit that is an integral part of grandma’s recipe, elephant apple has more to it than just its bitter taste and flavor. Physicians of the Government Ayurvedic College have established that this juicy fruit has the power to control diabetes. It reduces elevated blood sugar level and stimulates pancreas to secrete insulin. Its utilization corrects faulty sugar metabolism and reduces high blood pressure, thus protecting vital organs kidney, liver, heart, limbs, eyes, nerve, against damage due to diabetes.

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These are some simple steps that can affect your health for the good, in the long run! Keeping up to the motto of The World Health Day, 2016; Make certain that you are lean and active with a healthy diet to supplement your health. Lessen the risks of any form of disease, and instead provide the right type of ease that your body demands.

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Herbal Face Wash for Oily Skin and Glowing Face

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Summers have already approached in most of the cities across India, and we can feel the heat upon us. Going out in this heat, makes us all sweaty not only on the body but also on the face. Sweating is your body’s built-in cooling system. When the temperature rises, millions of tiny sweat glands in your skin are activated and sweat is released through your pores. As your sweat evaporates, it cools you off. Yet leftover sweat can leave your skin soaked – especially on humid days when the air is already so saturated with moisture that your sweat evaporates more slowly.

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Let us not forget about the oily skin, which is caused by over secretion of sebum by sebaceous glands. They clog the facial pores and make the skin oilier. Oily skin requires cleansers with herbs and botanicals, which will clean the pores and reduce oil buildup. These exfoliating cleansers contain anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants that improve and nourish the damaged skin. Known for its beneficial properties, Herbal Face Wash is used to treat acne and pimples. Containing rich plant-based ingredients like Feverfew and Neem, Herbal Face Wash absorbs excess oil without removing nutrients from the skin.

This article illuminates various benefits of herbal face wash for a clear and glowing skin –

Using an herbal or ayurvedic face wash will ensure that you just not remove the dirt off your face but also, will clean the pores and reduce the oil build-up on your skin.

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Natural agents cleanse the skin better than the ones which involve chemicals in their making, therefore it is advisable to choose the best natural facewash in India, and make sure you check for natural organic ingredients before adding it to your cart. If the desired product contains neem, tulsi and other natural ingredients, it can work wonders for your skin.

Also, a variety of chemical face wash available in the  marketneed to be picked up depending on your skin type. But, herbal face wash works for any skin tone, whether you have oily, dry or normal skin. There are herbal face wash particularly available for oily skin, which is made by using ingredients that suit a peculiar skin type.

Why not Soap, especially for Normal Skin?

Using soap for your face is the biggest mistake that most of us make. The synthetic chemicals present in the soap tend to harm the sensitive skin of your face. The dryness caused by the soap can lead to a dull, itchy and flaky skin. Unlike soap, face wash cleanses the skin without taking away the essential nutrients and oils from it.

What are the Ingredients to look for in an Herbal Face Wash?

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Next time, you go pick an ayurvedic or an herbal face wash, keep in mind the following natural elements –

  1. Neem Oil: The oil that comes distilled from Neem tree is used in various skincare products due to its rich source of antioxidants, carotenoids and vitamin E. It also decreases the scars and acne on the skin, helping the cells within to nourish and the outer skin to glow.
  1. Feverfew: This ingredient protects the skin against free radicals like cigarette smoke, car exhaust, UV rays and much more; basically from every type of environmental pollutant. It also helps in reducing sunburn and acne, most importantly.
  1. Rose oil: It helps the skin to retain moisture and can be used on all skin types. It is more popular for sensitive skin formulations because the astringent effect it has on the capillaries reduce redness. It is best suited for a mature skin type, as it contains high levels of vitamin A, which help to increase collagen production. It is also ideal for those with sensitive skin due to the presence of the soothing Vitamin E.
  2. Pineapples: Looking youthful is a goal that everyone has and pineapples can help you to achieve this goal. This fruit helps to keep the skin flexible and firm because it increases collagen synthesis. It contains Vitamin C and amino acids and these are all skin-friendly nutrients.
  1. Turmeric: It helps to keep the skin look fresh and young. As it contains many antioxidants, it is great to battle skin ageing. It helps to stimulate new cell growth and acts as support system to keep the elasticity of the skin intact. If you have pigmentation and discoloration then using turmeric will surely help. Turmeric is a proven remedy to lighten pigmentation and even-out skin tone. This is the reason why many natural skincare brands use turmeric as an active ingredient in the making.

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  1. Aloe Vera: As your skin ages, it starts getting dry and loses its elasticity. This makes it more susceptible to wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe moisturizes the skin, and it also helps to remove dead cells. In fact, research has proven that aloe vera improves the elasticity of the skin and makes it smooth and supple.
  1. Organic castor oil: Castor oil, when applied to the skin, penetrates deep inside and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. This, in turn, helps soften and hydrate the skin. It delays the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and makes the skin smoother, softer, and younger. The fine lines around the eye area can also be treated with its application. Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid that fights off the acne-causing bacteria. It effectively penetrates the skin layers, making it an excellent remedy for acne. Castor oil is a wonderful moisturizer. The highly concentrated fatty acids penetrate the skin easily. This helps to eradicate dry patches, and restores hydration of the skin.
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Also, unlike the most popular belief that only women use face wash, surprisingly there is much more to this!

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Men go out to work; rather they are further more exposed to dirt than women considering they have more outdoor activities, which attract more skin problems. Just because men have a thicker epidermis than women does not mean it should be deprived of a proper cleanse. If guys did not have sensitive skin, they wouldn’t struggle with acne, razor burn or irritation. Ayurvedic Face wash for Men is also available across stores, both online and otherwise in India.

Using a natural facial cleanser can have many benefits including correcting acne, reducing signs of aging, while also leaving your skin looking fresh and feeling refreshed. So if you have been cleansing with a bar of soap, leave it for your body and instead enhance your daily skincare routine with an herbal face wash and overtime you will notice an improvement in the quality of your skin.

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Let’s Play, with Organic Holi Colours!

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Holi is right round the corner, and yeah, all of us love this festival of cheer, gaiety and colours, don’t we?

Wait a moment… The rising water scarcity in most regions of India and the awful colour hazards have dissuaded people to celebrate this festival, unlike the earlier times!

Nonetheless, we can still celebrate the festival of cheer, not with water though but with an alternative of replacing readymade perilous colours with organic holi colours. We could keep ourselves far remote from immersing in water, and instead smear each other with natural vibrant colours.

Beware of Chemical Colours

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As opposed to other festivals, Holi is one occasion where the clothes, matching accessories, make-up and brands don’t matter at all. However, one thing that does matter is the quality of the colours being used because a moment of incautious fun may amount to a lot of skin trouble later.

According to doctors, chemical colours have solvents such as tetrathyline, lead, benzene and aromatic compounds that can lead to dry skin. Dark colours like red, black and green have a high content of mercury sulphite, lead oxide and copper sulphate, which could cause skin ailment. Many are not aware of the harm chemical colours can cause. You may also develop rashes and allergy, hair could turn brittle and dry if not washed immediately after the colour is applied.

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The best possible way to enjoy Holi, without facing any risk posed by chemical colours, is to buy organic holi colours, which are made from extracts of flowers, tree barks and leaves. They do not cause any harm when in contact with the skin. Organic colours have a smooth and soft undertone, which when applied on the skin does not have any ill-effects.

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The ancient India was completely aware of the benefits of the fragrant natural colours for our skin and health, and furthermore they ornamented its therapeutic value. The ingredients of Gulal were purposely chosen for their emollient qualities. In Vrindavan, Holi is still played with actual flower petals handpicked for its fragrance and colour such as rajnigandha, marigold and rose.

This Holi, Go Organic!

Today, it is hassle-free to buy Organic Holi Colours online or even at stores spread across the city. In the past few years, the awareness to use natural and organic colours has gone up immensely, due to its main advantage of being non-toxic and skin-friendly. An added benefit is that, these colours carry a natural fragrance to them and are available everywhere in different packages, carrying varied quantities.

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If you are wondering about the main components of natural and organic colours, in place of the heavy metal and oxide content, we have the answer for you:

  • Organic and herbal gulal is made from organic & natural herbs. The organic nature of herbal gulal makes it additionally useful and extra safe.
  • Green – is made from arrowroot powder mehndi leaves with natural fragrance.
  • Yellow – made of arrowroot powder, organic turmeric & natural fragrance.
  • Red gulal is made of arrowroot powder, red rose, roli, pomegranate & natural fragrance.
  • Orange gulal is made of arrowroot, Tesu flower, marigold and natural fragrance.
  • Pink gulal is made of arrowroot powder, pink rose & natural fragrance.
  • Indigo – is made of arrowroot powder, blue orchid flower & natural fragrance.

Preparing organic colours at home is another option to keep away from skin and hair problems. If one wants to enjoy Holi without the risk posed by chemical colours, try home-made natural colours like haldi which gives the yellow colour; it can be mixed with besan or gram flour to increase the volume. Flowers like marigold or yellow chrysanthemums can also be crushed to get yellow colour. Henna and leaves of gulmohar can also be dried and powered to get a nice green, and dried rose petals can be substituted for red.

Skin Care Tips for Easy Removal of Colours

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  • While playing Holi wear dark coloured clothes. This makes cleaning easier with less water usage as well.
  • Apply coconut oil on hair which acts as a protecting agent and prevents colours from penetrating deep inside the hair.
  • To prevent nails from being stained, coat it with a dark nail polish.
  • Moisturise your skin with organic creams or oil. The thick layer formed will not let the colours seep deep. Protect your face with sunscreen and lips with organic lipbalm.
  • Before heading for a bath, use a mix of gram flour, milk cream and a bit of lemon juice to fade the colours. You could also use wheat flour and oil on lemon wedges to remove colour. You can then indulge in a quick wash. For hair, use jojoba or coconut oil to remove colour. Use a face wash and then water to rinse your face.

Environmental Awareness Amongst People

Gradually, more and more Indians are choosing to turn to a more organic and less wasteful way of playing Holi. By using safe, natural colours we not only save our skins but also help save our environment and conserve our biodiversity. When these colours percolate into the soil and water they do not add toxicity to our blue planet, and cause no harm to the myriad life forms that live in the soil and water. Thereby, we also popularise the diverse plants and trees that give us these colours, and live life the Natural Way.

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So here’s wishing you all a Happy and Safe Holi!

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Flaxseeds: A Modern, Miracle Food for Good Health!

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Well, we have tried nearly every fruit, nut, leaf and seed to maintain our health or to turn healthier. But have you tried flaxseeds yet? If you are answering with a negative, you have been doing something wrong, all this while! Want to know why? Read further.

Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fibre, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3. The best form to consume flaxseeds is in its ground-form. Sometimes, eating the linseeds as whole could pass through the digestive tract, undigested.

The seeds come from flax, one of the oldest fibre crops in the world – known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China. It’s a great source of healthy fat, antioxidants and fibre. If we are to go by what modern research says, evidence suggests that flaxseeds are a solution to lower the risk of chronic ailments like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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#FlaxTrivia: It was King Charlemagne of the 8th century who believed strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed, which made it famous as an essential nutrient in everyone’s diet. He demanded his loyal subjects eat the seeds regularly and also passed laws to make sure that the same happens.

Though flaxseeds contain everything that is essential for your body’s development, there are certain components that you could consider before buying flaxseeds online in India:

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  1. Fibre: Linseeds contain both, soluble as well as insoluble fiber which is necessary to function the body system from within.
  2. Lignans: Flaxseeds contain both, plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities that is almost 5-7 times more than most other plant foods.
  3. Omega 3 fatty acids: Each tablespoon of flaxseed provides nearly 1.8 grams of plant omega fatty acid which are the “good fats”, much required for our physical functioning.

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As far as various ailments are concerned, flaxseeds can help reduce the risk of many fatalistic ailments from occurring such as:

  1. Cancer

Today most people are under high risk of suffering from cancer and since this disease does not have any form of cure, and tends to bring a person only closer to death, through pain; it is a sad sight.

Although, consuming flaxseeds can help drastically since they have a protective effect against breast, prostate and colon cancer. There are two essential components, i.e., Omega Acids and lignans in flaxseeds which contribute for this to happen.

  1. Cardiovascular Diseases

Omega 3s is helpful for the body’s different mechanisms, especially to normalise the heartbeat and anti-inflammatory actions as well as lowering the blood pressure levels. Also, the amino acid content in the flaxseeds contribute towards hardening of the arteries and help to keep the WBC’s from sticking towards the walls of the blood vessels.

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Eating flaxseed daily may also help your cholesterol levels. The level of LDL or “bad “cholesterol in the bloodstream has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

  1. Diabetes

For people who suffer from diabetes, it is best advised to have a good intake of lignans. To ensure this takes place, anyone who has diabetes, if includes flaxseeds in their regular diet do not have to worry. Essentially since, Lignans help in improving the blood sugar on modest levels that are good for Type 2 Diabetes patients.

But Then, Flaxseeds aren’t your Magic Pills! Why?

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After reading all of the above, do not rush to get your flaxseeds, available online and across various stores. You may want to believe that Flaxseeds are the mystery food solution to every health problem you face. And though we do not want to disappoint you, it is necessary to realize that there is no such one foodstuff that can guarantee good health.

It can majorly contribute in the improvement of your health, if you keep your diet conditioned in a favourable manner. But a healthy lifestyle also counts while making smart dietary choices!

Seedy-Caution!

 Though there are no specific side effects about consuming flaxseeds in your diet, it is often advised for pregnant and lactating women to avoid any supplements.

How To Buy and Store Flaxseeds?

Buy it ground, or grind it yourself. Flaxseed, when eaten whole, is more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested, which means your body won’t get all the healthy components. If you want to, you could grind flaxseed yourself, and the little coffee grinder could help best!

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Milled = ground = flax meal. Don’t be confused by the different product names for ground flaxseed such as “milled” or “ground flaxseed” is the same thing as “flax meal”.

Buy either brown or golden flaxseed. Golden flaxseed is easier on the eyes, but brown flaxseed is easily available in most supermarkets. There is very little difference nutritionally between the two, so the choice is really up to you!

Find it in stores or on the Internet. Many supermarket chains now carry ground flaxseed (or flax meal). It’s usually in the flour or “grain” aisle or the whole-grain cereal section and is often sold in 1-pound bags. In India, it might be difficult to find it in supermarkets at certain places, although flaxseeds are available online in India.

You can buy flaxseeds online at www.naturalmantra.com

Check the product label. When buying products containing flaxseed, check the label to make sure ground flaxseed, not whole flaxseed, was added. Flaxseed is a featured ingredient in cereals, pasta, whole grain breads and crackers, energy bars, meatless meal products, and snack foods.

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Add flaxseed to a food you habitually eat. Every time you have a certain food, like oatmeal, smoothies, soup, or yogurt, stir in a couple tablespoons of ground flaxseed. Soon it will be a habit and you won’t have to consciously do anything about it!

Use it in baking. Substitute ground flaxseed for part of the flour in recipes for quick breads, muffins, rolls, bagels, pancakes, and waffles. Try replacing 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the flour with ground flaxseed if the recipe calls for 2 or more cups of flour.

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Keep it in the freezer. The best place to store ground flaxseed is the freezer. Freeze pre-ground flaxseed in the bag you bought it in or in a plastic sealable bag if you ground it yourself. The freezer will keep the ground flax from oxidizing and losing its nutritional potency.

Whole flaxseed keeps longer. The outside shell in whole flaxseed appears to keep the fatty acids inside well protected. It’s a good idea to keep your whole flaxseed in a dark, cool place until you grind it. But as long as it is dry and of good quality, whole flaxseed can be stored at room temperature for up to a year.

Hence, Flaxseeds are the best option to incorporate as a part of your everyday diet, and also make some good changes towards your lifestyle. Making your life healthy ensures longevity of your life and keeps you away from the pain of the diseases and the related money swallowing hospital bills!