Detoxifying warm lemon 🍋 juice 🍸 with honey 🍯

When ever I sense flue / throat infection symptoms, I would do this detoxification for a day and it will be gone like magic ✨. This has been working wonders for me and for few of my family members and so I thought of sharing it with you guys! It’s a well known fact that lemon is extremely rich in vitamin C, it helps detoxify our body. Even if you don’t have the flue symptoms you can still do this to detoxify your body from various toxins that get accumulated (due to consumption of junk food / intake of medicines / inhalation of polluted air etc…), once in a month.

Through this detoxification process we do not consume heavy food hence give a lot of time for the body’s natural defence system aka immune system to produce antibodies and act on the antigen (bacteria, viruses, or fungi that cause infection and disease) & inactivate them! I believe our forefathers knew the benefits of this and hence made a custom to fast on Shukla Paksha Ekadashi <an auspicious day, 11th lunar day in waxing phase, which occurs in a Hindu calendar month> that comes up monthly once… How wise of them! So instead of a complete fast, how about this with lemon & honey!
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DIY all-natural organic Beard oil – Man of Woods

For some men, growing a beard is not easy and for others, it comes so fast that it is a challenge to keep up with it. But for those that sport the beard, taking good care of it is important; in fact, most beards need daily care or they go from a sexy look to a scruffy and unkempt look. You need to wash, trim and condition it to help keep it well-groomed. So, yes, beard maintenance is crucial if you plan to wear one.

I’ve done this specially for my beardy cousins (they grow it for style) & my hubby (being very occupied with his r&d shaves weekly once n so has a little beard on weekdays 😉)! I’ve come to know through them that there are few problems they face with the beard –

  • Since beard hair is typically quite coarse, men often experience itchiness and even in-grown hairs on the delicate facial skin underneath.
  • A full beard also makes it difficult to access the skin so common skin problems like dryness, acne or inflammation can be compounded.

Why Beard Oil?

DIY all-natural organic almond n castor oil kajal / khol / eye liner

Hi friends eyes are the most important feature that can make you look glamorous 👁👩🏻… When it comes to eye makeup, kajal or kohl is the most important product. But what is a commercial kajal, eye liner n mascara made up of??? 📢 Check this out to know the ingredients n the harm they might cause to your eyes!

I have already tried the almond khol and mascara, which I have been using from many months now, the mascara is just perfect but I wasn’t fully satisfied with the Kajal outcome, though the colour was perfect black it had some not so fine particles that would cause a little discomfort to the eye when applied. After lots of attempts I finally got the perfect Kajal done in a very authentic Indian Ayurvedic way!

What is required to prepare Khol powder:

  • Earthen / bronze diya/deepam
  • A cotton wick
  • Lots of castor oil to burn the lamp
  • Lots of almonds to burn
  • A sheep edge knife or long needle to hold almond
  • A copper plate
  • 2 tumbles for support

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Homemade soaked almond / badam powder

Almonds are just amazing in taste and are powerpacked with super nutrients like – biotin, vitamin E, manganese, copper, vitamin B12, phosphorous, magnesium, molybdenum & fiber! My LO loves having variety of nuts & dry fruits for snacks daily. Thanks to the Ajfan dates & nuts store near by that I get them, all fresh n that too unpacked, I carry my tins n jars n they fill it up for me! All I have to do is place them in the shelf, isn’t that cool! <Well if u think 🤔 it’s kinda crazy learn more about  zerowastehome here.>

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Homemade watermelon 🍉 popsicle / ice lolly

The most thirst-quenching & juicy fruit of all is definitely watermelon 🍉 since it has an extremely high water content, approximately 92% and has a sweet and delicious taste too… It is particularly refreshing on a hot summer ☀️ day, and is the ultimate summer fruit!

Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C and contains decent amounts of potassium, copper, vitamin B5 and vitamin A (from beta-carotene). It is a good source of two powerful & beneficial plant compounds, the amino acid citrulline and the antioxidant lycopene, that have been linked to lower blood pressure, improved metabolic health and decreased muscle soreness after exercise. For more nutrition details read this article.

We <family of 3 👪> consume half a small watermelon 🍉 everyday – I like eating them as is, my hubby likes the juice with breakfast & my LO loves having these popsicles!

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DIY all-natural bio-degradable hair shampoo

Hello friends! I hope you’ve already read my previous blogs – DIY all-natural pre-wash nourishing hair conditioner & DIY all-natural hair serum to manage frizzy hair. If not please do, as I have written on why I have chosen these for my hair.  If you have one of these problems and are sick n tired using false promising & chemical laden shampoos, look no beyond than this DIY shampoo…

  • Hair fall?
  • Damaged & brittle hair?
  • Dandruff?
  • Early grey hair?

I have been using this diy shampoo since my childhood until my teens… Yep I did get carried away by the misleading advertisements 😬, and departed from it for few years… I have a very thick, long and wavy hair and never had faced any hair problems other than frizzy hair. Suddenly a year after having a baby, every time I washed my hair I noticed a handful would fall 😮. I changed my shampoos, tried x,y & z only to notice more hair fall… In between I was greatly influenced by the zero waste lifestyle by Bea Johnson & the zero waste girl Lauren Singer, watched their tedex talks & read few wonderful books which changed my perspective and made me realise how the small things that we do unknowingly on a daily basis can impact environment… And cause of these two major reasons I went back to my basics and started using this all-natural shampoo.

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DIY fresh aloe vera gel n cubes

The aloe vera plant is about one or two feet tall with prickly and bitter leaves, which act as a defence to keep animals and insects from feeding on the plant. The leaves hold a gooey translucent gel, also extremely bitter, and known all over the world for it’s unbelievable healing properties. This translucent gel is made up of around 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, vitamin A, B, C, E and beta carotene which gives it its nourishing and anti-ageing qualities. Aloe vera gel can be used in the winter 🌥 as well as in the summer ☀️ and by people of all skin types. Aloe vera is one plant that works wonders on skin, it treats the cells on the epithelial level of the skin which is why it’s ideal to remove tan, treat sunburn and stretch marks. Once you apply it to your skin, you’ll notice how soothing 😇 and cooling ❄️ it is! Aloe vera gel is even good for your hair, it contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair.

Other than this it has an amazing healing power. Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and has antioxidant properties that aid in healing. Ayurveda refers to aloe vera as the miracle ✨ herb that can be used to treat wounds, minor cuts, dry skin and severe burns.

When ever my LO 👦 or anyone at my home 🏡 gets hurt ( minor cuts / burns / wounds), nope I don’t use band aid / antiseptic, instead I get some aloe vera from my garden and apply the fresh gel to it, allow it to air dry and then leave it. It magically gets clotted & healed very quickly. After experiencing and practically seeing it’s healing power I’ve felt in love with this miraculous ✨ plant.

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