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10 Reasons Diets Don’t Work

The New Year often starts with bright and shiny #weightloss resolutions. It seems like a good time to start a #newdiet, lose those extra pounds and fit into that sexy black dress. What about you - do you resort to #dieting to lose those extra pounds every time? Have you found that going on a #diet helps you maintain your #weight in the long run or does the scale yo-yo between diets? What I’ve noticed is that dieting not only enforces the concept of deprivation and takes away

6 Toxins Lurking In Your Body Lotion

What if I told you that your commercial #bodylotion is a bunch of #toxic chemicals masquerading as a luxurious #skincare product? And no amount of ‘natural peaches’ or ‘real strawberry’ labels can actually make it the real thing? And no, you don't have to believe me - just grab a bottle of body lotion from your shelf and read the ingredients in it. Photo credit: Useful Home Remedies I used to love those bottles of body lotion, till I actually began reading the labels. Could I

Renu Jain – Creating A Green Skincare Business With Heart & Healing Mojo

#MindfulMonday Mindfulness in terms of what she creates and how she does business is what struck me when I met Renu Jain at an exhibition. While these days, there are a plethora of green businesses that create natural and handmade bodycare products, what made Renu stand out was the generosity and heart with which she runs The Healing Earth. She not only sometimes offers some of her product samples as gifts to customers (now, please don’t go expecting one ;-)) in an endeavor

Ghee Happy – Why Ayurveda Finds It Healing & Nourishing

In a time when everything fat-free and low-fat are considered good, it might seem incorrect to bring desi #ghee or clarified #butter into the conversation. That golden, buttery liquid that graced most Indian recipes during our Grandma’s times. Whether it’s the tempering to the dal, a generous dollop over curries or those delectable sweets that one couldn’t stop popping into one’s mouth, ghee was the foundation of every tasty dish. Unfortunately, with a rise in health myths (i

5 Natural Ways To Heal Postpartum Depression

by Divya Chaturvedi Arora I remember being an emotional mess after giving birth to my son, five years ago, ecstatic one minute and a puddle of tears the next. People kept telling me the low spirits, crying jags and mood swings would pass. The thing is, they didn’t. By the time my son was three months old, I was living in a sleep deprived fog of anxiety and rage, overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, isolation and clawing negativity (Here are 11 truths nobody tells you about

Pari's Wellness & Green Living Concerns

#GreenGalStories Meet Pari. A professional with an alternative career roller-skating towards her 40's, she has two kids in tow, a husband who helps at home, and work that satisfies her but occasionally befuddles her too. Most of her friends are in full-time jobs that leave them no time for themselves or are home makers, who have a full schedule, juggling their kids' classes/their own social commitments/family requirements. Pari likes the idea of living a #healthy life. She al

5 Natural Skin-moisturizing Solutions

Our skin is our largest organ, and nourishing it with something that’s actually natural, is one of the best ways to take care of it. There are a host of reasons for ditching commercial body lotion, no matter how expensive or upper crust these might be. But once we ban them from our bathroom cabinet, what do we bring in to moisturize our skin? Here are 5 kinds of oils and natural butters that I use to keep my skin soft and supple. Umm yes, I did say oil and no, these don’t lea

7 Simple Ways To Stay Hydrated In Summer

Staying hydrated is one of the key ways to stay focused, bump up your mood and energy, prevent headaches and stay healthy overall. With the summers picking up speed, it’s even more essential to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Here are some of my favorite ways to stay hydrated all through the year: Simmer up those soups. I love tucking into soups, whether it’s winter or summer. Make some at home with fresh vegetables and lentils, or even chicken or meat, and sip t

Do-It-Yourself Deodorant For Happy Underarms

Till a few years back, I would use a tube of roll-on deodorant to zap down armpit odor during the long summer months. I even used my deodorant stick during the winters because the practical truth is that the more regularly you use a deodorant, the less you’ll be likely to stay away from it. I don’t know if this happens to you, but I would feel sweatier around my armpits if I gave the deodorant a miss any day. Even when I knew about the health risks that these fellas pose, I s

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