Sustainable Wellness at Home #21DaysofHomeliness

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Staying indoors makes us realise so much about the functioning of our homes, mind, body and soul which we otherwise overlook. Now is the time to reflect within yourselves and of our very own dwellings too, mindfully and sustainably. 

To help you make sustainable choices, reduce waste, and increase your wellness quotient, we came up with 7 activities that you can take up from the comfort of your home. 

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So without further ado, let's read on!

1. AROMATIC POCKET POUCH

A little extra care, a small little measure, a little something for your pocket!

We have a small, no-hassle tip for you to follow to keep yourself immune.

 All you need:

Camphor

1 Javitri Flower (Mace)

1 Cardamom

2 Cloves

 

camphor long Javitri elaichi

Benefits:

Camphor:  Clears nasal and chest congestion and inflammatory conditions. Cures cold sores and cough.

Javitri Flower: Aromatic and a traditional medicine for cold and cough and keeps your body protected from diseases.

Cardomom: It promotes respiratory health and brings relief from coughs.

Clove: Has a lovely warm and woody smell. Its anti-inflammatory compounds come handy in preventing and treating sore throat, sinusitis, cough and cold.

camphor, clove, mace, cardamom pebble coaster

Put them all together in a little porous pouch. Carry it around with you in your pocket and keep smelling it once in a while. Make one for each family member.

camphor, clove, mace, cardamom pouch

It's a super cure in your pocket without a pocket pinch.

2. IS IT DESSERT OR IS IT A SCRUB?

Are you missing your trip to the parlour to pamper yourself. Worry not, you could do a fun facial at home itself.  Did you know your morning cup of Joe could be an exfoliating agent too. Coffee powder is a great scrub and also a natural bronzer. 

banana coffee chocolate and coconut oil

You could treat your skin with basic ingredients you're sure to find at home.

coffee banana scrub

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Ingredients:

1 banana

⅔ cup ground coffee

½ cup sugar

½ cup coconut oil

Grated chocolate; remember to take your favourite one!

banana coffee chocolate scrub

Method:

Peel open the bananas and muddle into a paste. Bananas protect your skins' free radicals and fight acne.

Add the coffee powder and sugar, mix them together. This helps with skin exfoliation. Pour in the coconut oil and stir it up for soft smooth skin.

Grate some chocolate into this mixture which will help revive moisture. Mix gently, to combine it all together into a luscious scrub.

banana coffee chocolate scrub

Put your yummy homemade scrub into a transparent jar. Scoop out a bit and apply,  whenever you're longing for that extra glow.

Nestip: Refrigerate the jar since bananas are perishable. If left out in warm temperatures, it could start smelling bad.

coffee banana scrub

Remember this yumminess is for your skin, don't get tempted to lick it off!

3. CANDY COUGH DROPS

Junk the store bought high sugar drops cause we have a recipe to make your own herbal version of these beneficial and tasty drops with all natural ingredients and no artificial additives.

home made cough drops

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

½ cup water 

1 tbsp ginger powder

1 lemon 

8-9 crushed cloves

Crush some cloves in a mortar-pestle until finely powdered.

cloves

Add the sugar, water and put to boil, followed by ginger powder and powdered cloves. Squeeze an entire lemon into the pot. Let it bubble and keep stirring to achieve a semi-thick consistency.

bubbling syrup cough drops

Once the consistency is achieved, pour the syrup quickly, but carefully using a spoon into silicon moulds or make small drops on a butter paper.

cough drops homemade

Allow the syrup to harden by letting it cool down completely.

homemade cough drops

Lightly dust with powdered sugar to prevent sticking.

home made cough drops DIY

Nestip:

1. Add some finely crushed dried lemongrass for some extra flavour. 

2. Involve the kids while making and use these as candy treats for them.

Cough drops in a jar

4. MAKE YOUR OWN COMPOST SMOOTHIE

We don't realise how much organic material we throw in the trash which is full of nutrients for our plants. This organic matter if composted can be rich in essential nutrients for plants at home.

plant crouton

Did you know, the precious wet waste from our very own kitchens can potentially become black gold for our plant babies, providing them with the much needed nourishment with an easy method and no smelly compost bins necessary.

composting for plants

Blending the raw materials in the blender will help decompose them faster, and the plants will reap rewards quicker too. We make smoothies for ourselves, how about making some for your plants too for them to thrive.

step by step to make compost smoothieCollect edible kitchen wet waste like vegetable and fruit peels, wasted cooked food and some dry organic matter like dried leaves or egg shells.Cut the big peels into smaller pieces so that they muddle well in the blender. 

Throw in all the scrap and add some water. Let it blend until you achieve a semi solid paste.

compost smoothie

Put some soil into a pot and treat you plants with some smoothie by pouring it onto the soil. Layer up with soil again put your plant into it.

composting step by stepYour plants are sure to enjoy this compost smoothie and reap luscious green leaves, flowers and even fruits soon! 


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5. ALL-PURPOSE SCENTED CLEANSER

Some items in your kitchen work so effectively to clean simple stains on various surfaces and moreover cost next to nothing. You won't have to make that extra trip to the store if you're out of surface cleanser. Try this DIY homemade one instead. These natural products will come to great use and keep your wallet happy too.

ingredients for all purpose cleanser

You will need an empty dispenser or spray bottle.

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup vinegar

2 tbsp baking soda

Orange & lemon rinds

dispenser and cloth, all purpose cleanser

Make a mix of the crushed orange and lemon rinds and keep it aside.

Mix the baking soda in water. Add the rind mixture into the liquid and mix well. The citrusy rinds do a great job of masking the scent of vinegar.

all purpose cleanser homemade

Pour into a spray bottle, shake, and then let it infuse for a few days before using. The longer you let it infuse, the more potent it will be. Strain and use the natural aromatic solution to remove stains, clean trash cans, wipe away smudges from surfaces.

all purpose cleanser homemade

Besides a citrusy scent, the lemon and orange rinds also help boost the cleaning power due to its acidic properties. A cleanser with fruity fragrance that is absolutely non-toxic is ready to use. 

Happy Cleaning!

6. MAKE YOUR OWN PROPAGATION STATION

Let's multiply the most essential resource as we're on lockdown. Learn to multiply your favourite houseplants through propagation.

green bottles and plants

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It's an ideal time to propagate while plants are in full bloom with the onset of spring, all up and about post the winter hibernation.

propagation station

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Along with some mature plants, you will require some transparent glass jars like jam bottles, old perfume bottles or you could use some fancy old alcohol bottles. Keep a pair of scissors handy too.

old glass jars

3 Easy Steps to follow:

Step 1: From a mature plant, take a leaf or stem juncture (node) and snip off 1-2 inches. Make sure you keep a node or two with the cutting, as it's from here that the new growth starts.

step 1 propagating

Step 2: Remove the leaves that are close to the node, especially ones that would end up under water when placed inside the glass jar.

step two propagating

Step 3: Place your plant cutting into glass jars you have collected. Place the propagated plants in a spot that receives bright to moderate sun light.

step three propagating

Check the root growth regularly on a weekly basis and keep changing the water when you notice murkiness or fungi for your plants to remain healthy and jars to look aesthetic.

DIY plant propagation station

Overtime, you will have a green propagation station that you can use to easily add greenery in any corner of your home.


pounder flower diy with plants

Plants like Pothos (Money Plant) and Syngonium (Arrow plant) stay healthy and grow well in water itself. Some other plants do better when transferred to pots after growing roots. So take your pick and try your hand at this immensely satisfying activity! 

7. DARK CHOCOLATE NO-BAKE BITES

Being tethered at home can lead to erratic eating and reaching out for all those unhealthy snacks or sugary sweet treats while yo binge watch TV shows. Sugar is the last thing one must reach out for as it depresses the immune system.

No bake dark chocolate bites

We all love our fair share of sweets so how about satiating your sweet tooth by something sweet yet healthy. If you're a dark chocolate freak, this sure is a delectable delight for you, providing you with the necessary sweetness, nutrition and energy.

no bake dark chocolate bites with oats

Ingredients:

1 cup muesli & old fashioned mixed

½ cup walnuts & almonds

1 cup of your 70% dark chocolate

3 tsp cocoa powder

A pinch of salt 

No bake dark chocolate oats bites

Roast the oats and muesli in a shallow pan.

Dark chocolate and oats bites recipe

Chop the almonds and walnuts. Add a pinch of salt and lightly toast the nuts.

Dark chocolate and oats bites roasted nuts

Chop the dark chocolate into small pieces and use a double broiler to melt it. Take a blender and blend the roasted oats, dry fruits and cocoa powder. 

Dark chocolate and oats bites recipe

Remember not to blend it too much. You require a coarse consistency instead of a powdered one. Pour in the melted dark chocolate into this mixture and gently mix all of it well. 

Dark chocolate and oats bites recipe

Butter your palms slightly, so that the batter does not stick to your fingers and roll them into balls or your favourite shapes.

Healthy dark chocolate and oats bites

Get creative and involve the children too, to keep their hands full. Relish these yummy and healthy bites with your evening cuppa or simply munch onto them for your sweet fix.

No bake  dark chocolate bites on Triton Herringbone Wooden & Marble Cheese Board Platter - White Brown

These make a great mid day snack for those who need a small bite to get through the rest of the day.

Now is the time to indulge in healthy and mindful habits along with your partners, children, siblings or grannies. So leave those gadgets and remotes, put on your gloves, and develop a new take on sustainable wellness for yourself and your loved ones. 


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