Killing It; Naturally!

Diwali is just around the corner, and you probably would have begun working on your Diwali to-do list. Needless to say, cleaning the house must be at the top of your agenda, and you must be on the verge of getting in touch with your regular agents to implement an extensive pest-control program. You’ve probably been implementing the synthetic way to kill pests for a long period of time. But have you ever considered implementing natural methods to kill pests at home?

Synthetic pest control solutions contain chemicals that might be successful at killing pests, but only at the cost of your well-being.  Exposure to pesticides and the toxins in them can be harmful to living beings. Pesticide chemicals can cause nausea, dizziness and disorders to the reproductive system. These pesticides may kill everything in their path and can have an effect on the living beings outside the targeted areas as well.

Coming back to the point – just because some solutions are easy, it doesn’t mean that they’re not effective. What if we told you that implementing natural methods of pest-control are more effective than the synthetic ones? These natural methods simply involve using ingredients/substances that you can easily find in your own home; and are really, really, effective as hell! Well, substances/ingredients that can be found in your home or which can be grown in your house, could be everything that you need to keep the pests at bay!

Read on to know which elements/substances are effective enough to prevent pests from causing a nuisance, in the most natural way!

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is anti-fungal, insecticidal, and has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a must have essential! Lemongrass has a sweet  and refreshing smell to it. Some insects find it difficult to stand the smell of lemongrass. Hence, having lemongrass in your house is a great way to ward off insects. Lemongrass is also effective in repelling flea, flies and mosquitos. Add about 25 drops of lemongrass oil to half a cup of hot water. Pour this into a spray bottle and spray it on the doors, windows, and infested surfaces.

Neem Oil

Neem Oil is being used as a pest repellant for decades together. Neem oil is a strong pest repellent and when sprayed on plants,  is effective in bringing down insect feeding by interfering with their hormone systems. Neem oil is non-toxic to birds, fish, bees and wildlife and does not have any adverse effects on humans.

Peppermint Oil

Dab some peppermint oil onto cotton balls or cotton pads and place in your house; in those corners where insects, pests, mosquitos, mice are more likely to hide. You will see the results within no time. You could also add four to five drops of the oil and spray it on plants to get rid of aphids.

Coffee Grounds

Pour used, fine coffee grounds into any still water body near your house i.e ponds, puddles or somewhere in the backyard; or you could simply keep them outdoors. Coffee grounds are mosquito repellents because of their strong smell. Pouring them into water bodies, make them uninhabitable for mosquitos and will also kill dry larvae.

Vinegar

Slugs, moths, ants are some of the many garden pests that vinegar can ward off. Mix water and vinegar in the ratio of 1:3 and add a little bit of detergent to it. Spray this in your garden to keep the pests away! However, you must avoid spraying the solution directly on plants and veggies, and could spray it around the garden’s perimeter.

Garlic

Garlic is an effective barrier that keeps the pests away! Right from mosquitoes to potato beetles, garlic is a strong repellent. Grind some garlic with water and apply the paste at places where pests are prone to enter. You can see the results immediately!

MInt and Basil

Plant mint and basil around doorways and under windows. These plants repel flies even as they add sweet scents that we human enjoy.

You don’t have to go out of your way to find these substances and can easily ward-off pests, insects, and everything unwanted by implementing these natural eco-friendly methods in an economical manner! Try them out right away, and let us know about your experiences by commenting on the blog or by writing in to us!

Get, Set, Exfoliate!

Most of us know the significance of exfoliation in our beauty regime; but for those who don’t, here’s it is – Exfoliating your face and body twice a week can work wonders for your skin. Exfoliating removes all the dead skin cells from your skin’s outer surface and uncovers fresh new cells underneath. It thus cleanses your pores and allows your moisturizer to penetrate more deeply into the skin.

In the upcoming blog, we’re going to be sharing with you some easy-to-make, awesome exfoliating scrubs. But before that, we thought we could tell you about/re-introduce you to the benefits of exfoliation. So, here we go….

Improves texture

Essentially, exfoliation helps improve the texture of the skin. Especially, if the skin is dry or feels rough, exfoliation can help revive dry skin. However, for that, one needs to exfoliate on a regular.

Fights signs of ageing

You don’t want your skin to reveal your age? The solution is as simple as it gets! Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis. Exfoliation helps fight signs of ageing. By removing dead skin cells, exfoliation helps you get rid of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, and helps you age gracefully. Moreover, exfoliation leaves your skin with a refreshing glow which will eventually leave people guessing your age.

Reduces pigmentation

The reasons for pigmentation can be many. Pigmentation is the dark areas that come from age, pregnancy and changes in your hormonal balance. These become more prominent as the skin ages. Exfoliation facilitates breaking up of the pigmented cells and encourages them to fade.

Stops breakouts

Have you had enough of those frequent breakouts? Done with blackheads, whiteheads, and acne making your skin look dull and patchy? Exfoliating your skin will help keep pores clean and unclogged. When pores get clogged up with dead skin cells, oils from your skin get trapped beneath the surface, which could lead to pimples. Help yourself keep acne under control by keeping pores clean and clear! However, do not scrub active acne, or it may spread.

Repairs uneven skin tone

Exfoliation can help repair the uneven skin tone. A regular exfoliation regime can make your skin tone even, and make it softer and smoother than before.

Before and After waxing benefits

Exfoliating your skin lifts any hair tucked under the dead skin which makes it easier to be removed during waxing. Hence, less pull equates to less pain. It is also recommended to exfoliate every second day post waxing to reduce the formation of in-growths after waxing.

When you exfoliate, the blood circulation in the body increases and the lymphatic system gets a boost. This helps in the developments of new skin cells, breaks down fatty tissues, and detoxifies your system. Exfoliating scrubs are also known to effectively combat cellulite problems. Well, those are too many benefits for something as simple exfoliation, isn’t it? Shed those dead skin cells and allow your skin to glow like never before!

Keep watching this space as we’re bringing you some easy DIY natural scrub recipes, only for you! Until then, take a look at few of our blog archives and visit/revisit these links for some easy DIY recipes for a flawless skin (Click on the hyperlinks). 

Yours Naturally,

See ya soon!