Oilcraft Naturals Anti Acne Regimen Review


Voice of The Customer

Thu 26/02/2016
Ashwini Veeraraghavan
Chennai, India

Hi this is Ashwini from Chennai. I have been using your products for atleast a month and am seeing amazing results on my skin. I have oily and acne prone skin and nothing seemed to be working out for me. I initially purchased the anti acne serum and later on bought the lavanya mask and the saundarya scrub too. They have done wonders to my skin. All the pimples have disappeared and also the scars have lightened very much. Thanks a lot for Sharing such amazing products and I also would like to tell thanks to Mrs. Nina who has helped me buy the products:) great work!


The BIG ‘C’

I’m sure we have all known or met someone who is a cancer victim or survivor. From the time the dreaded C work is pronounced by the doctors to then moment when they give you a clean chit of health, its nothing short of a nightmare for the victim and his immediate family. Its a drain not just physically , but also mentally and emotionally.

Ayurveda has a completely different perspective on cancer, which is gentler and holistic. According to our ancients, cancer is simply the evolution of normal cells in our body , which mutate to adapt to a less than compatible environment.

Logically, to prevent mutation we need to change the environment and not the cells since more cells will continue to mutate if the environment remains incompatible to growth and harmony. Lets take an example, if your fish-tank gets infected and the fish begin to die out. Will you change the water in the tank or simply nuke the whole tank (which will surely cause every fish to die)?

Taking the same example forward, we need to follow some simple steps to prevent and gently cure cancer.

Firstly, BREATHE DEEP to optimally oxygenate every cell of your body. Deep Breathing should be a constant effort until it become a habit. Generally , cells mutate very quickly in response to low levels of oxygen and a good oxygen supply keeps this issue at bay.

Secondly, REDUCE THE ACID in your diet by creating a more alkaline environment. Mutation of cell stops in an alkaline environment and thus cancer can be prevented and even cured. Eat more vegetables, organic foods and foods which occur in their natural state.

Thirdly, AVOID STRESS. This is easier said than done but simply savoring the moment you are in, enjoying the company of people you love and regular breaks from any stressful activity will reduce the load for you.Stress is intangible but has the capacity to turn a perfectly normal person into a wet sop. It is known to take a toll on relationships, careers and even health. Try to avoid it or avoid the triggers.

Follow these nuggets of wisdom from ancient India and try to LIVE not just EXIST.

As one of our matinee superstars put it famously, “zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi”, badi(complete) and lambi(long) are both possible , if your choices are right.

The trick lies in choosing the right thing consistently over a long period of time.

The Forgotten Foods of India

Over the past 50 years, we are seeing that diets around the world are changing and they are becoming more similar — what we call the ‘globalised diet. This diet is composed of big, major crops like wheat, rice, potato and sugar. It also includes crops that were not important 50 years ago but have become very important now, particularly oil crops like soybean.

The decline in the crop diversity in the globalised diet limited the ability to supplement the energy-dense part of the diet with nutrient rich foods. This is a real threat to our local food security as well as nutrition security faces from the ‘globalised diet’. We are all responsible directly or indirectly for this decline. If I were to ask you to count the foods that you eat I bet you will not be able to name more than a few. Wheat, rice, tomato, cucumber, apple, banana … and you begin to reel out the names you know. Not many can name even twenty. Try a little harder, and you will end up probably with another ten. If you are a little more aware, you might struggle with a few more names. That’s it!

Tribals in MP, Jharkhand and Odisha enjoy the importance and relevance of each of the 1,582 food species on an average on a cyclical basis. Of the 1,582 food species (and that included different kinds of fish, crabs and birds that are part of the daily diet of some tribals), as many as 972 were uncultivated. Yes, you heard it right. Uncultivated foods.

We don’t need your food security system, these tribals say. “The more you open ration shops in our villages, the more you force us to abandon our own food security system built by our forefathers so painstakingly over the centuries. Please leave us alone.” But why are they so disinterested in, what most policy makers and planners see as development? Don’t most educated elite think that tribals are uneducated and uncivilized, and therefore all out efforts must be made to bring them into the mainline?

When coaxed to explain to how the adivasis were living in tandem with the nature, and how the modern system was distancing them from their traditional cultures and the community control over resources, they talk about some plants that had multiple uses demonstrating the traditional skills of the community which preserved and used them without pushing them into the extinct category.

The Siali beans were the first one. Quite a big sized dry bean whose seeds are eaten after boiling or roasting, the branches are used to make ropes, and the leaves are used to make leaf plates. Kusum Koli leaves are used for fodder, fruits are eaten raw, wood is used as firewood, and oil is extracted from the seeds. The seed oil serves as a mosquito repellent and also treats certain skin diseases. Even the better know Mahua trees have multiple uses. Leaves are used for fodder, flowers are used to make jaggery, liquor and porridge. Flowers are also consumed and often sold in the market, a kind of a curry is made from the fruits besides being used as fodder, and the seed provides cooking oil after extraction. All these are unfortunately classified as uncultivated plants in agricultural parlance, and therefore do not receive any attention.

Even the cooked foods are an eye-opener. They make a traditional drink from ragi millet with a sprinkling of rice grains called Mandia jau which is actually a ragi gruel. Bursting with freshness and flavour, it is high on my daily beverage list. Considering that the sale of colas has been on a decline, it will be certainly helpful if someone was to promote Mandia jau. The next time you visit my house, be prepared to taste this exotic drink.

Odisha has Pancakes made from finger millet, foxtail millet, with a little jaggery; cakes from ragi and sesame, and then there are cooked dishes using sorghum, pearl millet, kodo millet, barnyard millet, red rice and with sprinklings of uncultivated fruits and seeds from Chattisgarh and MP. These ,if eaten regularly, can prevent and control many lifestyle diseases at a go.
While people in urban India today eat wheat, rice, maize or bajra, and about six types of vegetables, traditional Indian recipes mention over 6,000 varieties of vegetable.

A festival held in Gujarat recently laid out a spread of some of these forgotten foods in an effort to reintroduce and popularise the huge diversity of grain and vegetables still being used by rural and tribal people.

Held in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, , the Sattvik (Pure) Traditional Food Festival was organized by the non-governmental organisation Sristi (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions). The 15-year-old NGO actively documents and propagates the traditional knowledge of farmers employing sustainable agriculture.

One of the highlights of the two-day festival was a contest where urban participants had to come up with recipes using lesser-known herbs and minor grains like ragi, banti, bavto, nachini, kodra, bajra and jowar.

We need to inculcate a feeling of pride in our traditional systems. The richness of our food culture, which is so intricately linked to the preservation of natural resources, is where it can all begin. I don’t know why our agricultural universities don’t talk about it; I don’t know why our food magazines and food shows never focus on the traditional foods; and I am certainly not surprised why our Planning Commission has no idea as to what the tribal cultures imbibe.

Are you Eating your Food or is your Food Eating you?

The concept of Incompatible food combinations or ‘Viruddh aahaar’ is a real treat to understand and assimilate. For many, the concept of food combining – the idea that some foods digest well together while others do not – is entirely new, and somewhat complicated. Foods may be incompatible because they create a negative reaction in the body, generate additional water in the body (called kleda) that can lead to skin conditions, block the body’s channels, contribute to heart disease or simply lead to indigestion.

Some common combinations to totally avoid are

1.Beans with Fruit, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, meat, fish
2. Cheese with Fruit, beans, eggs, milk, yogurt, hot drinks
3. Milk with any other food (especially BANANAS, cherries, melons, sour fruits, yeasted breads, eggs, yogurt, meat, fish, khichri, starches)
4. Yogurt with Fruit, beans, MILK, cheese, eggs, meat, fish, nightshades, hot drinks
5. Eggs with MILK, cheese, yogurt, fruit (especially melons), beans, khitchri, potatoes, meat, fish
6. Fruits with Any other food (aside from other fruit) *Exceptions: dates with milk, some cooked combinations
7. Lemons with Cucumbers, tomatoes, milk, yogurt
8. Melons with EVERYTHING (especially dairy, eggs, fried food, grains, starches)
9. Grains with Fruit
10. Vegetables with Fruit, milk
11. Nightshades –(peppers/capsicum/brinjals/Tomatoes) with Fruit (especially melon), cucumber, milk, cheese, yogurt
12. Milk with salt
13. Stale Food(leftovers) with Fresh cooked food
14. Honey with Ghee or oils/ any hot food. Turns toxic in both cases
15. Pickled/fermented foods with Fresh cooked foods
16. Cold drinks/sodas/water with Fresh food. It hampers the digestive fires and causes bloating. Also causes allergies and cold
17. Hot drinks with Mangoes, cheese, fish, milk, starches, yogurt
Salads/fresh fruits

For some of us ,its a real shock to learn that some combinations which are a part of our daily lives are incompatible.It is usually best to embrace the idea of food combining slowly ,allowing plenty of time to make the necessary adaptations.

A simple test is to pay attention to how you feel afterwards. Do these choices affect your energy level, your digestion, your elimination, the coating on your tongue?

If yes, let go of it gently and enjoy better energy levels and awareness.

Oilcraft Naturals Hair Tonic Review

Sooo…I tried the Oilcraft Hair Tonic a few days back, and decided to document the progress.

*The heavens parted and light shone upon her head!! Laaaaaa!*

It’s kind of self explanatory really, but the best part is the arrested hairfall (yasssss!) and the soft feel to the mane. I no longer cringe while struggling with tangles everytime I run my fingers through.

Thank you Oilcraft! I return thy love!

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Osteoporosis; Can essential Oils Help?

Osteoporosis is the acceleration or rapid breakdown of bone mass that causes the bones to thin and become brittle. With age the levels of estrogen in the body declines, a hormone that helps to deposit calcium in the bones. When bone mass begins to breakdown, there is an increase in the size of the holes within the bones, which makes the bones weaker, and so they become porous and brittle, more fragile and liable to break more easily.

Common symptoms of arthritis include swelling, redness, and restriction to your range of movement. The most noticeable symptoms, however, is moderate to severe joint pain and stiffness. The treatments recommended for arthritis usually depend on number factors that include the person’s age and overall health, as well as the severity of the condition. Unfortunately, they can come with a whole host of side-effects. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, taking the natural approach by utilizing the natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties of essential oils can be an effective strategy in treating arthritis.

A simple relief blend may be prepared by putting together 20 drops each of lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint and frankincense essential oils. Store this in a dark glass bottle and massage it gently onto affected areas and joints. This is a great tool in your pain management kit in any case if added to a warming oil like sesame.

OCN Honey Vanilla Shampoo Review

Shriyaa Trivedi to Oilcraft Naturals

Forget a bad hair day, I’ve been through a “bad hair year”! All the stress and pollution has made me dread anyone running their fingers through my hair let along the hair stylist. Hair spas and expensive products have made the hair more dry and lifeless; not to mention the excessive hair fall, split ends, the frizz and thinning of hair.

Used Oilcraft Naturals Honey and Vanilla Shampoo + Conditioner followed by the amazing Hair tonic. Both products are quick and easy to use; and I have been using them for over 10 days on a regular basis. I did not use any other product or hair treatment during the last 10 days to measure actual results.

In the first use itself my hair tamed down, the volume has increased and regained their lustre. It’s been 10days and Hair fall has reduced significantly and you can see silver strands sometimes when they reflect sunlight! Hair texture is soft and each hair strand is thicker and healthier. Now that the Friz is gone, I can actually see the length of my hair!

Love your products!

Looking forward to great Hair days ahead!!