Thursday, 29 August 2019

8 Household Tips to Use Beeswax Around the House


Bees are amazing creatures, doing so many things with precision, using their small bodies and feet. You may be using honey on an everyday basis. However, do you know that they produce much more valuable that is useful around the house, like beeswax?


What is beeswax?

If you wonder what it is, it’s what bees use to make their perfect, hexagon-shaped honeycomb. Bees have special glands which secrete wax, which they chew up and use as beeswax.

Now you may wonder how beekeepers get and harvest beeswax. Well, they have to remove the cap of each cell in the honeycomb to harvest honey. These cappings are made of beeswax, which beekeepers melt and filter to remove all the non-wax particles.

The residue is the beeswax that is used extensively in beauty products and around the home. It’s worth buying beeswax in bulk because of the many easy applications and benefits it offers. 


Different products using beeswax  

Beeswax is a highly versatile natural ingredient for these many DIY home and beauty products. The main benefit or reason to add beeswax to your beauty products is that it does not ‘suffocate’ the skin like something like petroleum jelly would do.

This, in turn, helps your skin breathe while providing a protective barrier. Beeswax also contains vitamin A that helps hydrate the skin and promote cell regeneration. This is why beeswax can be used with shea butter or other ingredients to make DIY deodorants, lotion bars, lip balms, soaps, creams and baby products.

How to use beeswax around your house

1.     To make safe crayons, candles and modelling clay

With children spending so much time with crayons and modelling clay in their developmental phase, something natural and organic is always better for them.

Beeswax crayons can be made using equal amounts of beeswax and white bar soap. They turn out to be harder than the soy versions, which is also easier and better for your child to produce detailed pictures. 



Similarly, natural and non-toxic beeswax modelling clay can be made using beeswax and plant dye. It forms soft-consistency clay when warmed in your hands to easily form into shapes. You can preserve your creations and handicrafts by letting the beeswax cool, keeping it away from heat.

You can also make personalized candles using beeswax, which makes a great gift. Once you start making your candles you are bound to stop using scented candles and air fresheners.

2.     Prevent rusted tools

If you have lots of tools at home, beeswax can protect them from rust. Just rub it on the tools’ iron parts before storage. Rubbing beeswax on wooden handles also protects against possible wear and tear.

3.     Waxing threads

Instead of buying waxed threads for your handmade crafts like handmade jewellery and leather goods, why not wax your thread at home? You save money by rubbing and coating plain thread against beeswax which in turn lubricates and makes sewing easier. 


4.     For coating nails and screws

Coating your nails and screws with beeswax before hammering it into wood prevents the wood from splintering.

5.     Lubricating wood

If you have windows, drawers or sliding glass doors that tend to stick, rub beeswax on to the surfaces to restore its smooth movement. Similarly rubbing it on old furniture joints works as a lubricant and helps restore its functioning.  

6.     Furniture polish

Beeswax and coconut oil make great furniture polish. It hardens when cooled, which is when you can rub it onto your wood furniture using a clean cloth. Complete the polish and look by buffing the furniture with another cloth till the entire residue is removed.

7.     As an envelope seal

You can add a touch of authenticity to any envelop or invitation by sealing it using beeswax. 

8. Waterproof shoes and boots     

You no longer have to worry about your shoes and boots getting wet with beeswax around. Just rub it over the entire shoe and let it melt over the shoe with the heat of a blow dryer. Let it sit for about five minutes, and your shoes are ready for wearing.

Where to buy beeswax

You don’t have to look far if you are interested in buying beeswax, and want to know where you can buy beeswax. Just visit healthybuddha.in to order, and have it delivered to your doorstep.



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Thursday, 15 August 2019

‘Green’ Revolution to ‘Gene’ Pollution


Era of Green Revolution

High yielding varieties (HYVs) in Rice & Wheat were introduced in India in 1965-66 in Punjab, Haryana & western UP, under Green Revolution Program. HYVs were introduced to meet the food shortage for growing population in Independent India.
We all know that nothing come free of cost; even in nature. Therefore, to get extra, we need to put extra. Same was true in case of HYVs. Hence extra yield needed extra inputs, which was possible in the form of synthetic chemical fertilizers like Urea. Additional supply of Nitrogen to plants by Urea showed miraculous results during the early phase of Green Revolution. Those days, our soil was very fertile, hence HYVs instantly responded positively, to the extra dose of chemical fertilizers because soil was flourishing organic life (micro flora & micro fauna) in the rhizosphere (root zone of plants).



Farmers, encouraged with additional production, started applying more quantity of Urea, which showed constant increase in productivity; it was felt  that ‘green revolution’ was proving to be a boon for the country although rate of growth in yield was not at par with increase in production. As long as growth curve in production was reflecting upward direction in the state govt. statistics, it was not a worry some situation at all. Hence, India was happily moving ahead on the path of self sufficiency of food grain for 31/2 decades since 1965 till end of 20th century.

Green revolution: boon to curse
The basic difference in behavior of Man & Animal is that, the Quadrupeds don’t have greed. This greed led to the situation, where we are today. Indiscriminate usage of synthetic chemical fertilizers destroyed the ecosystem around the farms. Ground water table has gone deeper due to increased mining of water because increase in inputs demanded more water requirement. Increase in pest & disease incidence in crops compelled farmers to use synthetic chemical pesticides. Soil has lost its own fertility because its flora – fauna is killed by the toxic chemicals.

Transition phase: Biological methods
Scientists got in to correction mode to save environment but unfortunately resorted to a more damaging mode which is irreparable unlike the previous blunder. It all started with identification and usage of biological agents to control menace of pest problem. A very common soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringenesis (Bt) has been identified as natural (biological) control for larval stage (damaging stage for crops) of Diamond Black Moth, which is a serious pest in cabbage & cauliflower. Same bacterium is effective in controlling Cotton Bollworm, which is the serious pest in cotton.

Era of Gene Revolution:
Scientists went a step further to identify the ‘Gene’ responsible for the respective character or behavior in the particular organism, which acts in pest control. In the process of gene identification for specific purpose, genetic engineering program moved in two directions simultaneously; one in picking (literally sucking out from cell) & transferring (literally injecting) the gene with desirable character into the cell of that organism where this character is sought to be introduced where as second direction moved to develop specific chemical resistant crop varieties. The organism with this newly introduced gene is called Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).

Gene pollution: A man-made disaster in waiting
Today, many of the food items (fresh & raw as well as processed) are containing GMO. In USA, Corn & Soybean crops now have “Round-Up safe” GM varieties, released from Monsanto. Round Up (technical grade Glyphosate) is also a Monsanto product. It is a post emergence non selective herbicide (kills all types of plants) which is used to kill weeds in corn & soybean in the fields. The food items of corn & soybean from such fields contain the toxin in rather higher quantity. In India, GM crops are still restricted (kept by Govt.) R&D stage (exception is Bt Cotton). However, any food items which are made from corn & soya (imported from USA) may contain the toxin.
Scientists are experimenting with weird ideas like introducing Spider net protein (for its strength & elasticity) in goat milk; fish protein in cow milk; terminator gene to enhance shelf life of tomatoes etc. through GM technology.




It is well known & well understood facts that only intra – genus, inter - species gene transfer happens in nature.
A simple example to understand the harm GMO may cause to our environment, let’s imagine
If Tiger is modified as herbivore to protect the Deer population from extinction or Deer is modified as carnivore to strengthen its defense capability against the Tiger. Just imagine.

Ecological balance will go for toss!!

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Author: Sujit Chakrabarty is fulltime devoted to promotion of Organic Agriculture in India. He is also a published author of two books on organic farming.

Eco Friendly Birthday is the way to go!

Birthday celebrations are a joyous occasion with our family and friends. Unfortunately, it comes with its own set of baggage like lot of waste which is not quite friendly to environment.

Recently, Akanksha Kushwah celebrated her son's first birthday in an eco friendly manner. She reached out to healthy buddha to give out earth friendly return gifts too. I loved the fact that she curated the gifts which they personally love and shared it with their friends and family as return gifts. Do check out the pics below from the birthday. I truly admire Akanksha's effort to make a difference in her own small way. When I reached out to her what prompted her to celebrate the birthday in this fashion, this is what she had to say.






"In the technology driven world that we are in, we spend almost all our time looking at a screen be it phone, tablet or laptop running after that elusive success, status and what not. If only we could look up and see distressed Mother Earth."

"It’s time we realized that unless we take matters into own hands, Earth is not going to survive. And we perish with her suffering."

"With this thought in mind we had our eco-friendly celebration- no plastic, no paper, no balloons, low waste, up-cycled or reusable decor, organic return gifts in home made up-cycled newspaper handbag. It was an effort to make everyone consciously aware that we have to do our bit, however small it may be. One thing at a time, by each one of us. That’s going to make a difference."




 

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Thursday, 8 August 2019

7 spices that can make a world of difference to your well-being


If you’re somebody who lives for the spice, and it clearly shows in your food preferences, it’s time to get choosy with your choice of seasoning!  Just so you know, picking the right kind of spices will not only add a zestful tang to your grub but will indeed make a world of difference to your well-being. 

Here are our top seven spices that win on multiple fronts—nutrition, taste and versatility. 
A kitchen staple, the myriad benefits of Turmeric are widespread and holds true to this date. Aside of being an incredible anti-oxidant, consuming food that’s peppered with the rightful proportion of turmeric will help your body digest fat a lot quickly. Moreover, experts are also delving deep into a strong probability: benefits in treating myriad diseases like Alzheimer's disease, cancer and arthritis.
Truth be told, one of the first things that most of us associate Oregano with, is pizza. But were you aware that aside of serving as a fabulous taste enhancer, the spice in itself is rich in anti-cancerous and antibiotic properties? Yes! You read that right. And something as little as one teaspoon of oregano contains 6 micrograms of Vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting, building bones and also preventing heart diseases. And, for those who’ve developed an aversion for spinach, Oregano could be a great option. Popular reports suggest that one teaspoon of oregano having antioxidants equal to 3 cups of spinach.
Personally, I love ginger, and the strong flavour it lends. Ginger tea could pump up your mood in a jiffy, while most home chefs swear by the miraculous culinary powers of the right quantities of ginger paste, ginger is known to treat gastrointestinal problems like bellyache and bloating with incredible efficiency. Also, recent Thai researches suggest regular consumption of ginger just in case you’re on the lookout for an effective remedy to increase your attention and memory span.
Cinnamon is again, a very popular spice among Indians. The spice is a rich source of polyphenols, an antioxidant does a super job of cutting the accumulation of body fat. Aside from being excellent for your heart’s health and lowering bad cholesterol; cinnamon in any form helps deal with bacterial infections and reduces inflammation to a great deal.
3. Cumin
If you truly paid heed to what your granny had to say, you wouldn’t go a day without consuming Cumin in some form or the other. From aiding in weight loss and being a rich of Iron, Cumin is packed with a series of benefits: improves blood cholesterol, helps with diabetes, prevents food borne illnesses to a great deal.
Prone to catching a fever? Or do you often find yourself wading through an upset tummy at the slightest detour from your regular diet? Well, truth be told, there’s an incredible way to treat all of that without popping pills. And, well, that is by adding Fenugreek into your diet. Regular consumption of Fenugreek soothes an upset tummy and improves your overall digestive health to a great deal. And, if you’ve got a tendency to binge, this spice could be an effective method to reduce your appetite.

1.Saffron

 The most expensive spice in the world, saffron is indeed pegged as a coveted spice for a reason. The powerful antioxidant can make your skin glow, helps reduce PMS symptoms, is a terrific mood enhancer ( there’s a good reason as to why a cup of warm saffron milk is pegged as the ultimate comfort drink when you’re under the weather) And yes, it aids in natural weight loss. Need we say more?




Source
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324334.php
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/saffron
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-benefits-of-cumin

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Pooja Prabbhan 

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