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These moths can hamper your daily living in a number of ways. Thankfully, there is a very simple to trick to avoid them.

After the initial downpour of the rainy season, we find ourselves face to face with a new problem, Moths. Many people would have noticed an increase in the number of insects hovering around their lights after evening. These moths can hamper your daily living in a number of ways. Be it, committing suicide by jumping into your drinking water and food or just flying around and crawling up your skin. If you also find this frustrating, there is a very simple to trick to avoid them. However, before finding out about this wonderful hack you should consider professional help also, like:

  1. Tinting the Glass

Yu can try tinting the glass of your windows. This will not allow much light to pass through, and your house will appear darker than others from the outside. And it would attract less bugs than it would normally.

  1. Homemade Solution

Citronella candles are popular and have been in use for chasing away insects, and they’re fairly easy to make at home. If you don’t know how to make these candles just buy them from a local store. Placing them under your lights and at windows and doors will repel bugs, moths and to an extent, mosquitoes.

Garlic sprays are also very effective in this case. All you’ll need to do is soak a handful of garlic in hot water for 20 minutes then pour the garlic mixture into a spray bottle. Spraying it onto your bulbs every few days after they’re turned on and heated up will emit a faint smell of garlic that drives insects away.

  1. Changing the Lights

Heat and brightness factor the most in case of moths. A hotter and brighter bulb is bound to attract more insects. You should as a rule, avoid buying bulbs with high wattage and especially those that use glowing filaments.

Almost like humans, insects also can’t detect the entire spectrum of light. Colours like yellow, orange and red have very high wavelengths and make them kind of blind. Purchasing bulbs that emit a yellow light will probably be best bet i.e. yellow compact fluorescent lights (CFL) are generally better because they create more illumination without attracting the usual swarm. If you are not a fan of yellow light, white LEDs are your best bet, and are just as effective.

  1. Calling the Pest Control

Sometimes, these bugs make a nest inside your home. You can have pest control take a look and conduct regular checks to ensure the absence of any nests in ypur home. Insects love dark, musty and secluded corners which can be easily removed if you keep your home clutter free.

 

In any case, these solutions are usually messy, smelly, expensive or simply ineffective a lot of times. Whatever may be the reasons, if you are looking for simple solution to the moth problems, try using one of the following methods.

  • Use a Bug zapper: Just hang one at the window and watch the insects crackle and burn.

And now we come to our final weapon. This is the most simple and most effective way to get rid of these insects.

  • Place a bucket of water as close the light as possible: Hold a bucket of water about 1 30cm away and directly below the swarm of insects that’s crowding at a light source. The bright reflection of light on the water would attract the moths and they will miraculously commit suicide by drowning in the water. Sound simple? It really is simple. Just place some water directly below the light, as near to it as possible. You might have to hold it up for a few minutes, but it works magnificently, and afterwards you can drain your insect-soup down the drain.

 

-Archit Upadhyay

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So, finally, Diwali is here. What are you all up to? Eating sweets, chocolates, accepting gifts that are so attractive and irresistible to take away your eyes and mouth from. Is it possible that you don’t gain weight during this Diwali? Yes, undoubtedly, you can enjoy this festive season without even gaining your weight. Well, this festival can turn out to be a hectic one for you, serving so many guests, meeting people, sleepless nights, over-eating and much other stuff. Just ensure that you stay in your balance so that you won’t be needing any detox post-Diwali.

Here, we have come up with many techniques and tips to ensure that you don’t experience much increase in weight this time and enjoy this great festival too:

  1. Gulkand is a must. A teaspoon of Gulkand at the starting of your day either individually or mixed in a glass of milk will work commendable. It ensures that your tummy is flat and thinner. It is also helpful in curing constipation, acidity and also bloating.  Related image
  2. Avoid the habit of fasting all day and eating directly at night. During the preparations, shopping, meeting people and cooking, take out some time for eating. You should eat in every two to three hours to avoid the problems of acidity and fatigue. Related image
  3. Homemade sweets are the best. The sweets made at home are full of nutrients and most importantly are way too hygienic. They regulate the blood sugar in your body. They are prepared keeping your health concern in mind. Indulging in homemade stuff will end up on no more craving for the chocolate bars that are very unhealthy for your diet. Image result for home made sweets
  4. The food which is packaged/processed should be avoided as they contain high carbohydrates and fats. Image result for packaged food in diwali
  5. In case you are having a plan of consuming Alcohol, make sure you drink it in your limits. Don’t over-drink, take slow sips. Image result for alcohol consumption low
  6. Before leaving home, do not leave empty-stomach. Eat some light food, like Poha, cheese toast, upma etc. Related image
  7. In order to avoid the bad hangover the next day, drink alcohol along with the cheese. This will support your stomach in digesting the alcohol and other drinks easily without any difficulty. Image result for alcohol with cheese
  8. Don’t ever forget to drink water in all these hasty things. Apart from all the drinks and food, you are consuming, drink water in between.Image result for water

Follow these simple steps and have a great, tension-free, safe Diwali. Happy Diwali!

 

 

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  1. For softer chapattis, add warm water and some warm milk to the flour, and then knead it. Keep it for 15 minutes and then the dough is ready for softer chapattis.
  2. For boiling milk or for preparing milk food items like kheer always use heavy bottomed vessel. Half cup or less water can be added before adding the milk to the vessel. This will prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom of the vessel and getting burnt.
  3. Roasting nuts, rice, rava and dal (lentils) before cooking increases its flavor considerably.
  4. Add few drops of oil to the rice or noodles before cooking. It will prevent it from becoming sticky.
  5. To make rasam, excess dal water from boiling dal can be used. Similarly, after boiling vegetables, the extra water can be used in gravies or for making chapatti dough.
  6. To remove the strong smell of onions or garlic, rub your hands in a stainless steel sink or vessel.
  7. While boiling potatoes or eggs, add a pinch of salt to the water. This will help peel the skin easily later.
  8. To separate each string of noodles or any thin pasta, run it under cold water immediately after boiling and draining the water.
  9. Making curd in winter – set in a ceramic container and place it on the voltage stabilizer of your refrigerator or keep in a hot box, inside the oven (switched off) or keep it wrapped in a blanket. This will give a warm place to speed up the fermentation.
  10. For softer idlis, add some sago or cooked rice while making the batter.

 

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When I was in school, summer was the most-awaited season as it coincided with long vacation. I remember those summer holidays which meant waking up late, having an unhurried breakfast while watching cartoon shows on TV and of course those indoor games with siblings and friends.

But this scorching heat is getting hard not only on our bodies but also on our moods. Let’s not let the temperature to control us, rather let’s follow few tips and tricks to beat the heat and stay cool.

  • Breath like a yogi

When you feel overheated, try yogic breathing. Just curl the tongue by pulling both sides upward towards the middle and  then breathe in through mouth. Hold the breath, and slowly exhale through nose. Repeat five to ten times.

  • Drink more water

It is important to stay hydrated, especially when you are sweating a lot. Therefore, water intake becomes even more important. Hence, the body needs more and more liquids. You can also flavor the plain water by adding cucumber slices and mint leaves to it.

  • Block the Sun

Closing the windows with curtains or sun-deflecting blinds can certainly reduce the heat.

  • Chill your Mattress

Put soft gel ice packs on top of the mattress and underneath the sheets; try under your legs, neck, or lower back for maximum comfort.  Also freezing a cotton sock filled with rice, then slipping it between the sheets helps a great deal. The rice will hold a chill longer.

India is experiencing a hotter-than-normal summer this year !

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As we all know Jeera seed is one of the most important ingredients in cooking. But do we know that it can be used as a natural and easy way for weight loss. Jeera or cumin seeds are tiny seeds but are loaded with nutritional values which help in speeding metabolism and cutting down excess fat and reducing weight.

Jeera also contains important minerals such as Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorous, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Some more health benefits of jeera are as below : –

1 Removes toxins
2 Cuts down belly fat
3 Supports immune system
4 Helps in keeping the skin glowing
5 Supports in digestion

In addition to the above benefits, jeera water also helps in fighting insomnia. Two glasses of jeera water a day prevents congestion and cleans up the respiratory tract and thus eases breathing leading to a sound sleep.

Jeera waterNow how to make jeera water for weight loss ? Soak 1 tablespoon of cumin seed in water overnight and boil the seeds in the morning. Filter it to remove the seeds and squeeze a half-cut lemon into this. Drink it on an empty stomach every morning for 2 weeks for quick weight loss.

Start with less amount of jeera and increase the quantity as the body gets used to it. In just about 15 days one will be surprised with the results.

Well jeera water has a lot of health benefits and with a little effort leads to a very healthy lifestyle.

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Everybody suggest that we should drink coconut water as it is good for health and acts as a natural glucose for our body. It is a good and tasty alternative of other drinks which soda based; it will give you nutrients which obviously you will not find in the aerated drinks. So let us see top five benefits of drinking coconut water and how does it helps our body and mind.

  1. If you are not happy with your body and worried about the increased weight then coconut water can help you a lot in reducing those extra kilos because it has very low fat content and suppresses the appetite and it also makes you feel full because of its rich nature.
  2. Coconut water is very good for your skin as it hydrates very well and not just from inside people who acne or blemishes problem can apply coconut water on skin surface it will really help.
  3. It acts as a very good skin moisturizer and also eliminates large amounts of oil if taken orally. This is reason why it is added on lots of cosmetic products like creams, shampoos, lotions and conditioners.
  4. It is a very good remedy for hangover because when you drink coconut water it soothes liver by replacing electrolytes which are essential and exit the body due to frequent urination and vomiting.
  5. Coconut water improves digestion of food and very beneficial for those who constantly faces digestion problem. It aids digestion because of its rich fiber content and thus reduces the acid reflex
  6. It regulates Blood pressure problem and acts as a lifesaving natural medicine for those who have high blood pressure problem. In many instances disproportionate level of blood pressure can lead to high blood pressure and coconut water is a good electrolyte and it acts as a balancing agent so people with high blood pressure should drink coconut water in the morning.
  7. Very rich in nutrients: Coconut water is overall a very god healthy drink option for people who do exercise and wants to have a natural good energy source. Coconut water has calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium which are essential for good health and helps to recover from diseases quickly.