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The Pitter-patter of Raindrops…

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There’s no mood more bright or joyous than that created by the first smell of #monsoon rains,  heralding the season. The skies open up to bless the earth with cooling #showers. And our hearts open up to songs of joy!  #Rain #songs are so common in all cultures around the world, aren’t they!

Welcome Rain

There are so many preparations you have to make to protect yourself from the rains now. Take out the #umbrellas, shake out the #rain coats, scan the skies every time you step out, check on the #weather reports! There’s more – cover up the children, protect your home and car, comfort your pets when the thunder scares them…and cover yourself up too!

Well then, enjoy the showers, get #wet and play off and on! #Paperboats carry messages of fun to friends and #puddles reflect glorious skies.


The Hidden Dangers

And while you rejoice that the skies have been kind, do be aware that the monsoons reduce the immunity of our body. This makes us open to many illnesses that are common in this season. We need to keep our body disease-resistant by boosting our immunity. We also need to take precautions against the diseases.

Viral infections like cold and cough are most prevalent. There are many natural remedies for these too. Click here to find more about them.

Other diseases associated with monsoon are #malaria,#jaundice, and #gastrointestinal #infections like #typhoid and #cholera.

Take Care

Puddles of water become breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spread diseases like malaria and dengue fever. Mosquito nets are a better choice to mosquito repellants like mats and coils. Outdoors, a mosquito repellant cream is best. Even better is an organic product to control this menace! Click here to find more about them

Fumigate the house with the smoke of dried #neem leaves in the evenings for 1-2 minutes – an excellent#ayurvedic method to keep mosquitoes away, just like mashaka coil.

Pollution of drinking water during monsoon is very common. Drink clean and pure water to avoid water borne monsoon diseases like diarrhea and gastro intestinal infections. #Boiled water and mineral waterfrom government certified companies are safe.

Walking in dirty water leads to #fungal infections which affect toes and nails. Prevent and protect this with organic footcare products. #Diabetic patients have to take a special care about their feet. Always keep your feet dry and clean. Keep your shoes, socks and raincoats dry and clean. Drying clothes with fumes of #loban and dry neem leaves is recommended in ayurvedic texts.

Take precautions to prevent dampness and growth of fungus or mold in and around the house to protect asthmatic patients. Avoid fumigation in case of asthmatic patients.

Make sure you do not sleep in the daytime or over-exert yourself physically.


The Good Food Guide, the Ayurvedic Way

A good diet strengthens your digestive system in the monsoons the #natural way. Here are some tips:

Light foods made with old barley, rice and wheat. You can pick up some organic food here .

Sour and salted soups of vegetables

Boiled and cooled water mixed with a little honey

Small amounts of grape wine

Ginger and green gram in food preparations

Warm food

Ayurvedic home remedies

Fresh radish juice for cold

A pinch each of pepper powder and rock salt mixed in warm water reduces cough

Castor or Sesame oil for cracked feet and skin

A freshly prepared paste of turmeric, neem and sesame seeds is for fungal infection between toes.

Wellness Rules

More precautions to take in the monsoons:

Keep your surroundings dry and clean. Do not allow water to get accumulated

Keep your body warm as viruses attack easier when body temperature goes down

Do not enter air-conditioned rooms with wet hair and damp clothes

Dry your feet with soft dry cloth whenever they are wet

Wash vegetables with clean water and steam them well to kill the germs

Do not eat uncooked foods and salads

Drink plenty of water and keep your body well hydrated

Do not allow kids to play in #stagnant water filled puddles.


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Rains play havoc on your skin and hair!


The onset of the monsoon is a welcome relief from the sweltering heat. Monsoons are good for our crops and we enjoy the fresh breezes and wet fun in the rains! But the, every silver lining has a cloud attached!

This season takes a toll on your skin and hair. Greasy skin, acne and hair fall are just some of the issues. During the rains the skin behaves differently and attracts more grime and dust than usual. Take some time off to exfoliate the face, body and feet. Here are some holistic solutions to your woes.

Get ready to glow this monsoon!

Hydrate: It is easy for the skin to get dehydrated during monsoons, so use a toner that will provide effective hydration. Use it every morning and evening for maximum effect, to maintain the natural pH balance of your skin. You need to be extra careful about cleansing your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. Use a cleansing agent which is gentle and yet strong enough to remove all dirt.

Eat & Drink Healthy: Remember to nourish your skin from the inside too – eat salads blanched in boiling water to disinfect them, vegetable soup which will keep you warm and healthy and drink the usual 8-10 glasses of water. Your skin is always thirstier than you are!

Face masks:

Wash and clean your face daily and religiously with a gentle cleansing milk which is rich in antioxidants and also helps remove impurities and dirt from your pores. Use a face mask at least once a week depending on your skin type. Face masks help soothe the skin, get rid of inflammation issues and breakouts.

Exfoliate your face with a refining polish using gentle circular movements. For optimum results, concentrate on problem areas such as dry or congested skin.

Face refreshers provide an ultra relaxing and fresh clean up of the face for both men and women. They whisk away all the layers of dead skin that pile up during the sticky monsoon weather with the gentle but effective exfoliating scrub, toner and masks, which also have mild antiseptic properties.


Rinse. Pat dry and use a serum/oil on your face and allow to absorb. Use a face mask all over face and neck and finish with your preferred moisturiser. Use a facial mist that soothes, moisturises and relaxes your face. They contain sunscreen, minerals, antioxidants or other ingredients that nourish and protect skin.

The biggest problem that your skin faces is combating acne due to open pores and high humidity. The solution? Good old Indian neem. Most international beauty products now come with neem extracts because it has good anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Look for skincare products that have neem as an ingredient, or simply make a paste out of fresh neem leaves and apply it to your face. Or you can even have a shot of neem juice in the morning.


Don’t avoid sunscreen lotions at all during the rainy season. As long as there is daylight, our skin needs protection from UVA and UVB ray.

Hair Care

Don’t use too much of hair products and use only a mild shampoo and gentle conditioner for the hair. 
The weather can make the hair dull, flat and tangled.

Use hair serum the previous night and massage into scalp as well as the shaft. The next day wash hair with a mild shampoo and apply a hair mask in the shower and steam. Rinse.  In the meantime, use a body polish and exfoliate the entire body concentrating on dry areas.
· Good and effective cleansing using a volumizing shampoo twice or thrice a week is highly recommended as hair tends to go limp in this season
· Conditioning your hair becomes twice as important during this season. Don’t shun it if you have sticky hair, instead opt for a light conditioner that is suited for limp, oily hair
· Keep the scalp dry to avoid scalp conditions like fungal and bacterial infections, which are more prevalent during the monsoon
· If you need to blow dry your hair, apply a leave-on conditioner prior to it
· Go easy on styling during this season. Excessive use of hair gels and sprays will only cause further damage
· Take time off from your busy schedule and book yourself a hair spa therapy appointment
· Oiling once a week would help but make sure you wash your hair well as residue oil can attract dust and grime, which along with sweat, can cause dandruff and even scalp infections
· Keep your hair trimmed and short during the season
· Food for hair – milk and milk products, nuts, soya products


Body Care:

At home spa ritual: It’s extremely important to keep the massage clean and dry and it is imperative that one uses chemical-free organic products.

Foot Care:
· Effective cleansing of feet is very important as they get exposed to lot of grime
· Do not forget to completely dry your feet so as to prevent fungal infections
· Avoid wearing boots as these hold water for a longer duration, creating a soggy environment for your feet

A weekly foot massage is good. Our feet bear the brunt of the season. Go for regular pedicures. Begin with a mint and lemon grass foot scrub followed by a pure aroma oil massage that provides a protective layer from germs and infections. The stimulation of blood and lymphatic fluid circulation keeps the feet and body healthier.


So although the sky may carry a gloomy cast, you can brush off your skin woes, with a guarantee of beautiful, glowing skin and toss your healthy hair at the lowering skies!

Just sit back and enjoy the season!