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mosquito repellent natural

Mosquito Planter (abundantliving.com)

Mosquitoes and flies rampage through our life in the summers.Veganlifestyle is similar to Jainism in many ways.Vegans are against harming organisms as well. Whether going out or enjoying a bit of breeze in your own home, mosquitoes play spoilsport in all spaces. These mosquitoes are not only a nuisance they alsocause diseases like Dengue and Malaria. These are highly debilitating diseases and in some extreme cases they are also life threatening. The obvious choice during these seasons is to use a mosquito repellent, but it is also important to know the tradeoffs involved in getting rid of mosquitoes through conventional methods.

Most conventional insect repellents contain DEET (also listed on labels as N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide or N, N-Diethyl-3-Methyl benzamide). DEET is highly effective at repelling mosquitoes, but is also an eye irritant and can cause blisters and rashes on some users. More rarely, DEET has been associated with lethargy, confusion, disorientation, and mood swings.In addition to popular forms such as aerosols and pump sprays, DEET is also found in lotions, creams and gels. The chemical keeps insects away for hours after application and can be applied over sunscreen. As long as DEET has been around, it has raised questions over its safety from both citizens and scientists. Some are bothered by the smell, while others worry that it may irritate skin; many have also felt the sting of accidentally spraying insect repellent over a small cut.

DEET is a persistent environmental contaminant that breaks down slowly in soil. It stays in soil and water over a long period of time harming all creatures and plants that come in contact with that soil and water. This disrupts our ecosystem in ways unimaginable. All the plants that grow on that soil, animals that eat those plants and humans that feed on those are ingesting these contaminants over a period of time. Long term studies regarding the ingestion of this chemical over a sustained period of time are not easily available.

Different insect repellents contain different active ingredients, some natural and some artificial, but all of them work in a similar way. Insects, particularly mosquitoes, are drawn to the carbon dioxide people release when they breathe, as well as certain odors from the skin. The insect repellent works by masking this smell and replacing it with a smell that is not to the liking of the insects.

Insect repellent should not be the first line of defense against insects, since these products can carry risks for the environment as well as your health. For people living in regions where mosquitoes are plentiful, it’s important to use repellents as part of their protection against diseases like Dengue and Malaria. Insect repellents made of plant-based oils may offer protection against insects. They might not be as effective as DEET or Picadarin but they are less harmful to environment as well.

DIY Mosquito Repellent

DIY Mosquito Repellent (realfoodenthusiast.com)

Insect repellents are a necessary evil. The effects of natural plant based insect repellents have not been explored in great detail. Vegan options prepared from plant based oils that contain essential oils like Peppermint, Citronella, Lemon grass and Clove oil are also highly effective means of repelling mosquitoes. Also methods like wearing long sleeves and long pants in light colors in summers can be a precaution as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. Another way to avoid bugs is to keep doors and windows closed from dusk till dawn, when the insects are at their worst. Putting netting in doors and windows to avoid bugs at home and preventing any water clogging are also important for keeping home insect free. Since mosquitoes can breed even in tiny pools of stagnant water, inspect your property for potential larvae infestation. Make sure that your window nets are hole-free

Essential oils like Citronella, Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Cedar wood oils are good insect repellents. Be sure to test them on a small area of skin first, as some people are allergic to citrus or other aromatic oils.  You can use them in diluted form on your body or use them as aroma oils in your household. Remember to purchase them from organic or vegan stores to ensure high quality of the product oils.

Vegan Summer

Pina Colada

Pina Colada
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Spring is almost over and summer is knocking on the door. It’s going to be hot and sultry, and nothing else but tall cool drinks will do. It’s also a sugar trap in the making; all things cool and sweet are laden with heaps of sugar. Today let’s talk about some healthier and perkier alternatives to traditional summer coolers. One of my favorite cheats is to use green tea as a base for fruit based drinks. This serves a dual purpose introduces the tremendous benefits of green tea and cuts down on the empty sugar calories. Not to forget it also enhances the flavor of the drink itself.

Summer Ice Shakes are a great family tradition. Vegan Diets do not include milk products as they do not endorse any animal based products. This summer try a new shake with organic coconut milk or Almond Milk. Add cinnamon, fruits or date syrup to provide sweetness. Again the benefits of almond milk combined with the goodness of cinnamon or fruits will make this a healthy treat.  A sinful yet virtuous treat; who can ask for more? A Virgin Pina Colada or Virgin Mary would not be amiss this summer.

Recently I tried a cucumber mint iced tea and was blown out of my mind by its refreshing flavor. Add a lot of lemon juice to keep it less sweet though. I can say that this treat will be

Cucumber mint tea

Cucumber Mint Tea
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a definite hit at your home. You can add a dollop of orange juice to it if you don’t want to add any extra sugar. Chunks of cucumber, subtle flavor of mint and the citrus hint from the orange juice with lots of ice, what else could a summer cooler ask for.

Jaljeera and Mango Panna are Indian summer delicacies. For those of you who like a little bit of spice in your life this little treat is right up your alley. Tangy and sweet, salty and spicy it has a little bit of everything. The whole Indian spices used in these preparations make it perfect to fight that hot summer.  Organic Whole spices that add to the flavor and promote healthy eating can be found in vegan stores online.  You can also use fresh herbs like mint and basil to add a relish to your beverage.

vegan milkshakes

Vegan Milkshakes
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So start your summer with a bang, let us make it a special one when you enjoyed all your favorite treats without hurting any animals for their products. Vegan lifestyle promotes a healthy lifestyle. So make sure to use alternative sources of sugar in these drinks so that you can enjoy these to your hearts content.

VEGAN ALMOND MILK KHEER

A recipe for a vegan dessert to show respect to the Holy Cow during Navratra when we worship all forms of  the Mother Goddess.

Vegan almond milk kheer

Almond Milk Kheer (vegan-fare.blogspot.com)

ALMOND KHEER (RICE PUDDING)

(Time to cook 45 min- 1 hour)

Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ cup Basmati rice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 4 cups Almond milk
  • ½- 3/4 cup Sugar or Jaggery (to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. Raisins
  • ¾ tsp Cardamom powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash the rice and cook it with water. When it comes to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the water is absorbed by the rice.
  2. Add to this the almond milk, vanilla essence and sugar, depending on how sweet you want it to be.
  3. Let the kheer simmer, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened. Let it remain a little fluid because it will thicken as it stands.
  4. Add the raisins and cardamom powder and stir for about a minute.
  5. Enjoy!

This Kheer can be had both warm and chilled, I like it chilled in the summers.

 

Powerhouse Zucchini Potato Fritters (vegan)

Vegan Zucchini Potato Fritters

Zucchini Potato Fritters

These days My daughter is finally eating vegetables. This recipe is a household favorite, loaded with minerals, vitamins and all the other goodies mothers want their offspring to ingest. It is relatively easy to make and you can make a low fat version very easily by using a non stick pan. I usually need to put on two pans as they fly away so fast. These fritters are great with soup to make a complete meal.

Ingredients (makes 12-16)

Zucchini               3 Large    Washed and Grated

Potatoes Raw      4 medium  Peeled  and Grated

Cashew paste      2 Tablespoon

Cornflour               3 Tablespoon

Crushed garlic       3-4 cloves (optional)

Italian Seasoning   1/2 Teaspoon

Salt to taste

Olive oil as required

Method 

Squeeze the  grated zucchini to remove excess moisture

In a mixing bowl mix all the ingredients together

Put the pan to heat, drizzle with olive oil  when heated

Pat  small round cakes of the mixture  and put them on the pan

Let it cook on slow , flip on the other side when light brown and repeat the cooking on the other side.

Here you are, now your nutritious, vegan, healthy, guilt free snack or starter is ready !! These little beauties are good for school snack box as well. These powerhouse fritters are a great addition to any cooks repertoire.

Nutrition Facts

Zucchini is is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.
Potato is  very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C.

An Ayurvedic Detox

Detox Tea

CCF Tea An Ayurvedic Detox Image byebyedoc.com

Here is an Ayurvedic Tea that I use at home. It is often recommended for stomach disorders. It aids in dealing with acidity and helps one feel lighter.

Ingredients (Buy locally grown organic ingredients, if possible)

1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds

This spice is known to help balance the three doshas and it has a cooling effect on the body because it helps to reduce the heat and acidic levels in the stomach. It is also an excellent spice that helps to reduce congestion and eases joint pains.

1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds

This is one of the spices that is used in most Indian cuisine because it promotes a better    digestive health. It also helps to cleanse and detox the body of toxins

1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds

This spice is often eaten at the end of a meal to support digestion. It helps to calm the mind

11/2 liters room temperature water

Bring the water to a boil and add the spices to the it. Let it simmer for 5 more minutes and switch off the gas. Let the water with the spices stand for 10-15 minutes and your CCF tea is ready to be consumed.

Strain and store this in a flask. You can add a pinch of black salt to it while drinking. This really perks up the tea.

Healthy, Crunchy, and Tasty Snack

Health Snack on the Go

Fox Nut, Lotus Seeds, Easy to make,

Phool MaKhana Image en.wikipedia.org

Sometimes we all feel like just munching a little something to add a little crackle to our life. I am talking about Phool Makhana, or puffed lotus seeds. High in nutrition these little puff balls are a delight to do some guilt free munching on. This one  is truly a virtuous finger-licking snack that can be prepared almost in 2 minutes with little or no preparation. Sometimes I prepare it while the tea is already on the stove and I find the jar that I store these in, is emptied by my daughter. Yes added bonus children love it too.

100 GMs puffed lotus seeds

A pinch of salt

A tsp of oil

A microwave proof dish

Phool Makhana Roasted with little oil

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Mix all the ingredients and pour it the microwave proof dish

Cook it for 1 1/2 minutes on the regular heat setting

Take it out and rest it for 15 minutes

And voila there it is a modern take on Phool Makhana with no cutting and no frying.

Nutritional  Information

This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium, and very good source of Manganese

Enjoy this protein filled light weight snack