Storing Fresh Produce

To maintain freshness of fresh produce:
1. Use cotton bags or wrap with cotton cloth, preferably organic, to store herbs and any leafy veggies in the fridge. Every one or two days sprinkle it generously with water. The leaves will stay green and fresh for much longer!
2. To store berries, put them in a mesh colander and on the top rack in the fridge. That’s it!
3. Store pineapples and papayas in a dark warm spot. They will ripe faster. I keep them near the rear end of my fridge!
4. Store potatoes outside. Potatoes become carcinogenic if stored in the refrigerator. I keep them in a cotton bag and inside a natural basket.
5. Onions, garlic, and ginger can be stored outside, just like potatoes.

Any questions on how to store other fruits and vegetables? Ask away!

Preventing Mold

Every week I had to throw out a lot of fresh produce due to spoilage. The vegetables and fruits stored outside and as well as inside the fridge were getting spoiled due to mold and fungus. Then I found out about the cloves. Cloves contain a compound called eugenol which can prevent mold. Now, once a week, I wipe off the counters and surfaces outside and inside the fridge where I store fresh produce with a wet wipe dabbed with 5-6 drops of clove essential oil. The mold is significantly reduced! Clove essential oil is very strong. So, make sure you are not allergic to it.

Seasonal Allergy

Before the onset of Spring or Fall, which is the time when most people have allergies, start using Neti Pot with Neti Pot Salt. It’s super easy to use and clears your nasal passage of allergens and keeps allergies at bay. Also, use it after a trip to a garden, park or any other place which may trigger the allergy. Neti Kriya or nose irrigation also helps with clearing sinuses.

Last week, my husband had a bad case of seasonal allergy. He had red itchy eyes, congested nasal path, and congested sinuses. Doing the below gave him so much relief that he didn’t need to depend on the pharmaceutical drugs. By this time we hadn’t found about the Neti Pot, so if you already have the allergy, do the Neti Kriya along with the below remedies for immediate relief.

1. Tulsi green tea

Tulsi or Holy Basil green tea or Fresh Holy basil leaves boiled in water and strained + 2 clove buds + a little bit of cinnamon + half black cardamom. Drink this two or three times during the day.
Benefits:

2. Steam therapy

6-8 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a pot of steaming water. Steaming helps loosen the congestion and eases the breathing and headaches due to congestion and eucalyptus essential oil soothes the mucous membranes. Put 1 or 2 towels to cover your head and inhale the steam while keeping your eyes and mouth closed. Make sure you do not go out in the cold soon after steaming. If you can, do this twice a day.

3. Supplements

Take nettle leaf and vitamin C supplements. Nettle leaf helps with allergies and vitamin c helps to increase the body’s immunity. You can also consume Nettle leaf tea and berries instead of Nettle leaf and vitamin C supplements, respectively.

4. Turmeric milk

Drinking warm milk with turmeric powder helps with the inflammation. You can drink it at night before going to bed.

5. Inhale eucalyptus essential oil

During the day, you can add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a cotton ball or to a handkerchief and sniff it several times during a day.

Hair Fall Treatment & Tips

Here are my treatment and tips for treating hair fall. I’ve had heavy hair fall since 3 years, and finally, after using this treatment for around 3 months, my hair fall has reduced significantly. I hope this works for you as well. Also, go through the tips below to take good care of your locks.

Ingredients:

    • Coconut Hair Oil – 1 cup
                 Benefits: Conditions hair and scalp, strengthens hair and helps with hair regrowth.
    • Curry Leaves – 3 to 4 sprigs
                  Benefits: Prevents premature graying and stimulates hair growth.
    • Apricot Kernel Oil – 1/3rd of coconut oil per application
                  Benefits: Moisturizes the roots and strands and stimulates the follicles.
    • Rosemary Oil – 3 drops per application
                 Benefits: Lowers DHT (dihyroxytestosterone) thereby improving hair growth.
    • Coconut Hair Oil – 1 cup
                 Benefits: Conditions hair and scalp, strengthens hair and helps with hair regrowth.
    • Eucalyptus Essential Oil – 2 drops per application
                 Benefits: Conditions hair and scalp, strengthens hair and helps with hair regrowth.

Recipe:

Collect the leaves from the sprigs. Wash and dry the leaves. Heat the coconut oil and put it in the jar to be kept aside for your hair treatment. Add the leaves to the coconut oil and make sure the leaves are submerged in the oil completely. There is a danger of the leaves and oil getting bad if the leaves are not completely submerged. If you live in a cold climate where the oil becomes solidified, you might need to heat the oil along with the dried leaves before pouring it back in the jar.

Directions:

Every time you need to treat your hair, take out the required amount of coconut oil and heat it just so that it is lukewarm. Add one-third of apricot kernel oil to it. Add 3 drops of Rosemary Essential oil and 2 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to the mixture. Lightly massage your scalp with this oil and also apply along the length of your hair. Keep it overnight before shampooing your hair.

Tips:

        • Make sure your hair fall is not due to any medical conditions, nutritional deficiencies or stress.
        • Biotin supplements help to control hair fall. But as with every over the counter supplement, I err on the side of caution. I prefer to get nutrition from food sources instead of using supplements.
        • Make sure to wash your hair before they get oily. Once your hair become oily, more your hair tend to fall. I wash my hair twice a week.
        • Make sure to keep your head clean. If you sweat a lot, you may need to wash your head more often as sweating can lead to hair fall.
        • Use safer and natural products on your hair.

 

Face Wash

This is honey and oats face wash for everyday use. If your raw unfiltered Honey is grainy, you can use raw honey on its own for everyday washing and gentle exfoliation. Honey is a natural humectant, so expect skin that’s soft and moisturized!

The links below will take you to the resources from where I buy these ingredients. These companies do not sponsor me. The only reason I endorse these products is because I have found them to be the best, based on my research. If you find better and/or cheaper ingredients elsewhere, I would love to hear about it. And don’t forget to let me know your feedback on the recipe.

Ingredients:

                 Use: It moisturizes the skin since it is a natural humectant. It also prevents acne since it is antibacterial.
                  Use: Acts as a gentle exfoliant that can be used every day.

Recipe:

Grind oats until it is ground into a powder-like consistency but slightly grainy for mild exfoliation. I used steel cut oats that I had at home and had to use a sieve to get the desired consistency. Mix 2 parts of honey to 1 part of ground oatmeal. Store in an airtight container as moisture can spoil this mixture.

Directions:

Wet your face. Wash and dry your hands. Take out a dollop of the mixture and spread it on your face. Massage your face in circular motion for few minutes or you may choose to let it stay on your face for 10-15 minutes. Wash your face with warm water and then cold water. Pat dry.

Loving Unconditionally

Love is the feeling of oneness. What erases the feeling of oneness is the distance we create in our minds on experiencing discomfort on an emotional level. The discomfort could be from getting hurt due to a sense of loss or rejection or just experiencing things which are not aligned with our expectations or beliefs. When this happens, we are unable to accept the person who we hold responsible for our discomfort and we reject, dislike or even hate, thereby creating or increasing a sense of separation from this person to protect our fragile ego. It is our basic instinct to run away from all that hurts us in any way.

To love, we do not need to feel safe or appreciative or be in agreement with another person. Loving does not require agreement since agreement and disagreement are products of the logic. Loving also does not require appreciation, since appreciation is a product of our conditioning, judgment and often comparison. In fact, appreciation can cause the loved one to fear rejection if they do not maintain the previously set high standards unless the appreciation is accompanied by acceptance. Loving requires transcending the mind and an accepting and a compassionate heart which does not reject and create separation when our fragile ego is hurt. Love requires accepting people even if that means forgiving them for the discomfort or harm you think they might have caused you… Read More