A Backlight to an emerging oil – PALM OIL

We all know Palm tree… Right ? The picture shown above is of palm tree. and the oil which comes from the fruit (Elacis Guineensis) of palm trees is called palm oil. Oil palm trees started from Africa and were brought to south East Asia to now almost all over the world (Majorly tropical regions). The most important thing is that we mostly don’t even know that Palm oil is in everything now. Yeah, thats true…!!!

Unrefined palm oil is sometimes referred to as red palm oil because of its reddish-orange colour. It is important to note that palm oil should not be confused with palm kernel oil. While both originate from the same plant, palm kernel oil is extracted from the seed of the fruit. It provides different health benefits.

Palm oil is in close to 50% of the packaged products we mostly buy from supermarkets, starting from Pizza, doughnuts, chocolates, deodorants, shampoo, toothpaste, lipsticks, cleaning products, fuels and what not.

Palm oil is an extremely versatile oil which is having so many properties that has make it so useful and widely used oil. It is semi solid at room temperature, resistant to oxidation, hence gives longer shelf life. It also remains stable at high temperatures and due to this property, it helps fried products to be more crispy and crunchy.

Palm oil is colourless and odourless, hence it doesn’t change the look/smell of food products. Palm oil is widely used as a cooking oil.

Its crop is highly efficient one, as it produce more oil per land area than any other such vegetable oil crop. The oil palm is a highly versatile plant. Most of the palm oil which is produced ends up in our vehicles in the form of biofuel. Because of such unique properties, it is very difficult to find substitutes of palm oil.

Health Benefits

Palm oil is the most widely produced tropical edible oil. Not only is it versatile, palm oil is uniquely productive crop. There are benefits of Palm oil which cannot be ignored. 

Health benefits includes –

  • Decreasing Cholesterol levels
  • Reducing Oxidative stress
  • Provides protection against heart diseases
  • Rich source of anti-oxidants and beta-carotenes
  • Boosting brain health
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Heal the inured part while cut
  • Increasing Vitamin A

Food Security

Like other saturated oils palm oil doesn’t need hydrogenation to increase the shelf life of its products, as all its carbon atoms are linked to each other and a pair of hydrogen atoms, means thats fully saturated. The solid form, stearin is used to make solid fats such as margarine. The liquid form called olein is more healthy and used by food makers. Some other vegetable oils, if heated to high temperatures will lose their nutritional values , but with palm oil, studies have shown otherwise, suggesting it can be heated during cooking without eliminating its content. Palm oil can be used as a substitute for cooking needs like greasing, shortening and frying. The high saturated and monounsaturated fatty acid content makes palm oil heat resistant and stable at high cooking or frying temperatures.

Land Used

Its crop is highly efficient one, as it produce more oil per land area than any other such vegetable oil crop. The oil palm is a highly versatile plant. Every oil palm tree requires approximately 3m diameter clear around the base of each tree to allow full growth. One oil palm tree will product ongoing fruit for upto 30 years deeming the crop. At 66 million tons annually, palm oil is the most commonly produced vegetable oil. Oil palm plantations currently cover more than 27 million hectares of the Earths surface. Harvested all year round, oil palm trees produce up to nine times more oil per unit area than other major oil crops. Its estimated that the worlds demand for palm oil for food will roughly double by 2050. While this is lot, the demand could met by increasing yields in existing farmlands and planting on human-made grassland.

The oil palm is now the most successful and the most productive of all our plants as of now. The largest importer of palm oil is India (around 22%) and they used for cooking majorly. Most of the palm oil which is produced ends up in our vehicles in the form of biofuel. Because of such unique properties, it is very difficult to find substitutes of palm oil. RSPO – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is an organisation committed to making oil production as environment friendly, culturally sensitive and sustainable as possible. Palm oil has provided livelihood/jobs to many and millions of small farmers. 

Palms successes its greatest enemy…may be the reason is it’s most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. Palm oil is cheap and its used in thousands of everyday products. Palm trees can produce oil all year round and can grow greatly in soils that many other plants can’t.  

For more details on palm oil & Malaysian Palm oil Council (MPOC), please visit their website on https://www.mpoc.org.in

5 Temple Designs for Ganesh Chathurthi

Setting the Spirits of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya!’ High

‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ – The chant that fills millions of people with the intense excitement, immense love and immutable belief for a festival that binds every Indian together, ‘Ganesh Chathurthi’.

Colourful beautiful idols of Ganesha, the loud sound of ‘dhol’ and the endless messages of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi Chya Hardik Subhecha’, – we Indians believe in ‘Go grand or Go home’ when it comes to celebrating this exhilarating festival.

Are you ready for this 9 days massive celebration?

If you are all set to bring Lord Ganesha into your abode, then it is the right time to indulge in the exhilarating festival with a beautiful home temple.

A perfect home temple will provide a beautiful home to your Lord Ganesha and also keep all the pooja essentials.

Whether a shelf design, drawer style or a wall-mounted design, there are many ways in which you can create a special zone in the abode exclusively for worship.

Lokendra Ranawat, Founder & CEO, WoodenStreet list all-comprehensive list of gorgeous, ‘pure and simple’ designs available online for your home.

1. Free-standing wooden temple with doors and shelves:

Say your prayers while seating comfortably! With the elegant lattice or traditional pattern carving on the door opening up to a simple shelving structure for the idols to be properly placed, this temple magnificently flaunts beauteous designing with thoughtful features.

Raised above the ground with the low-heightened stool with an extra drawer and a plate to keep the incense stick stand or an earthen lamp. It will offer you enough space to make delightful modak offering to your Lord Ganesha perfectly.

Link – https://www.woodenstreet.com/bhagavati-home-temple-honey-finish

2. Surface-mounted home temple with ample storage drawers:

Bid adieu to storage woes! Go for this home temple design if you don’t wish to get up in the middle of the Ganpati’s aarti to get extra camphor from the kitchen.

This design includes ample storage drawers which are spacious enough to store everything to anything related to pooja essentials.

The gracefully styled, lattice-carved doors crowned with the tower-like structure on the top of the entire structure, gives a mini-mandir version for your abode.

This Ganesh Chaturthi, let your Ganesha enjoy all the sweet modak dishes and relaxing time, while you praise him inside this home mandir.

Link – https://www.woodenstreet.com/maurya-home-temple-teak-finish

3. Traditional Wall-mounted Home Temple:

Wrapped in the absolute gorgeousness of the beguiling Indian culture with a twist of urban needs, this design is best-suited if floor space is ‘special’ for you.

Affixed on the wall to leave the floor space for either decoration purpose or other purposes, this design will serve the best for the urban apartments.

Still finding the best part? Well, it comes with drawers to keep all the curios inside it systematically and a sleek surface to keep the incense stick stand and offerings to God. And, for a Ganesh Chaturthi festive appeal opt for a design with carved design or a tower-like structure with intertwined motif enlightening the overall charm.

Link – https://www.woodenstreet.com/valdim-home-temple-teak-finish

4. Eclectic Wall-mounted Home Temple:

The best of both worlds – Contemporary and Traditional! Carving a niche in the best designs of the mandir, this has a sleek, stylish appeal mingled seamlessly with sophisticated carvings.

The designs with sleek table-top with a backdrop of a gorgeously carved wooden panel, are the ones which will add a wow-factor to your home interiors this Ganesh Chaturthi.

Link – https://www.woodenstreet.com/advait-home-temple-teak-finish

5. Colourful wooden home temples:

Lively colours, capacious drawers, and a divine charisma, all in one package! Add greens and saffron to your home this Ganesh Chaturthi, this will attract positivity and prosperity to your abode.

Go for the ones with golden emboss paintwork and glittering gold-painted tower-like structure on the top, this will make the interiors look even more unique and timeless. Link – https://www.woodenstreet.com/vrindavan-home-temple-color-finish

Let’s gift Lord Ganesha, a fancy home for himself this Ganesh Chaturthi. While you witness the vivid celebration in Maharashtra, make sure to introduce the same holiness into your abode by getting an exemplary home temple.

Explore the trendy, timeless and alluring designs of Wooden home temple mentioned above.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi -Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Fashion Game On with Feather Fabrics

With fusion fashion in style feather fabric is highly used in designer dresses. Pampering gorgeous
ethnic wear is adorned feather with add up the fashion quotient. Various types of bird’s feather is
dyed and tied in a knot to groom the look. Not just apparel, accessories, home furnishing and lot
more are made from exclusive feather fabric. Being a symbol of indulgence its price range comes in
higher range. Let’s dissect more in details.
Making of feather fabric
Swing feather fabric is very easy. You may take original ostrich feather or peacock feather or any sort
of bird feather and then dye it in to your desired colour. Now how a cozy hard base fabric you can
stich fabric with run stich or with glue. To give make 3D feather fabric designs you have to dye it in a
multicolour or bicolour pattern and then in very dense and fastened way stitch feathers throughout
the fabric. This type of 3D feather fabrics are used in designer attire majorly or any designer
accessories or footwear.
Layouts of feather made efficacy
Feather made attires are in super trend now. In Lakme Fashion Week, Manish Malhotra had put a
new dimension to its efficacy by portraying a feather made dress through his show stopper Malika
Khan. She was adorned with full feather made accessories.
Hand bands, hair bands, bags, shoes and he furnishings are broadly made with feathers to cast the
look. Cushion covers, table mat, car covers and lot more of feather fabric made accessories has
taken the market turnover.
The fluffy look in combination of your base material gives a total granderous makeover. For casting
the edgy flamboyance feathers are attached on just shoulder part only to feature the aves like free

How to wash
Washing leather fabric is the first concern that comes as connoisseurs’ first concern. Being the most
pampering layout it fetches special care also. Laundry wash or dry wash is must for feather fabric. It
always needs a special care. As feathers are super light and are not strongly fastened so chances are
there of periling out.
Availability of feather fabric
Tissura is one of the leading producers of feather fabric. It has more than 50 varieties of feather
fabric. Available base material are silk, cotton, muslin, jacquard, velvet and lot more. Again varied
types of feather fabric are available here. Peacock feather, ostrich feather, birds feather in 3d,
multicolour and mono-colour variations. In winter based countries this types of fabric is highly used
to beat the cold. Hence western dresses mostly use such fabric. Tissura is one of the leading
suppliers of high quality feather fabric to European and other countries. You can check the
maximum number of varieties in this kind only at Tissura. It also provides the best competent price
range of any fabric across the industry. It has a huge turnover through national and international
You are just a click away to check out this exclusive store!

Remedies & Guide to a mom of Colicky Baby

Soothing a crying baby is the most time taking job. It requires lots of patience. In real, all babies cry. That’s the only way child communicates. Every parent wants their kids to keep smiling always. That they remains in good health always. When I delivered my baby, even I prayed for her heathy and happy life, today, tomorrow and forever.

But Grandma always says, each child is different and crying their heart out makes them strong. So whenever Mishika (my baby) starts crying for some or other reason, I stopped caring too much and let her cry for few minutes. She cries and then fell asleep by her own. Until this stage, its not to worry case. As soon as the days passed, she got into a habit I felt. On the same time daily she starts crying, become cranky and slowly it becomes louder and louder. Then I started getting worried as regular nights are getting disturbed. Each one in my family takes her on hands and roam everywhere. After sometimes, she feels okay and sleeps well. Again the next day, same schedule goes on. Its high time to check with paediatrician about her cranky nights.He told baby has developed colic. Its not a disease but it’s a combination of different behaviours occurring due to pain in stomach, may be indigestion too. Kids cannot speak so this is their way of communication that their tummy is not well. You can do few home remedies, give regular burp, do massage properly and slowly the problem will get solved.

I started doing all these things prescribed by him so that everyone in family can sleep well. Sometimes, watching her crying in pain,I also start crying as she suffers a lot.

Few home remedies which I have applied/experimented :-

  1. Tried to always be by her side when she needed me.
  2. Responding and calming her when she has reflux.
  3. Going out for a drive soothes her and she fell asleep on the way.
  4. Try to make her environment peaceful and calm.
  5. Gently rubbing her tummy.
  6. Few exercises which help her pass the gas.
  7. Burping always.
  8. Watching my own diet/food intake.
  9. Gripe water(as per elders advice)
  10. Play soothing music, swaddling her.

Last but not the least, on applying which my baby sometimes sleeps soundly is HING massage, the traditional Indian remedy. My mom suggested me to mix hing with water and make a hard sticky paste and then apply this paste on Mishika’s tummy in a clockwise direction around the navel. Then, allowing it to dry by its own. Getting up late nights when baby is colicky and making this paste always is a tedious task all the way.

And Luckily you know what I found…!!!

@MotherSparsh has launched a TUMMY ROLLON for colicky babies ad those kids who are facing this issues due to indigestion, have now a wonderful solution in their hands.

What a relief it is !!

Its 100% ayurvedic product with hing and saunf oil as the major ingredients. Those are really very safe for babies. After applying this roll on, I have experienced that it gave instant relief to babies. There are also no chemicals found which can cause skin irritation or any side effects.

So, Moms don’t you worry now, a fantastic and handy solution found for colicky babies. Grab this wonderful Infant care kit by MotherSparsh and stay relaxed.

This tummy roll on has so many benefits. It’s a Rollon, so easy to apply. It gives relief from Colic, indigestion and constipation. All the ingredients used are skin friendly and have no side effects. Hence, safe to use on baby’s skin.

Price for Tummy RollOn is just Rs. 249/-


You can buy it from Amazon here – https://amzn.to/2J9h3iZ

Ayurvedic products always attracts me as I don’t want my child to get into the hands of such medicines which has side effects. And Tummy Rollon by MotherSparsh is an Indian Ayurvedic product. Its made of different natural blend of oils such as hing oil, saunf oil, etc to treat colic and indigestion problems. It has combination of 5 oils that provides quick reliefs to stomach pains caused by gas, acidity and indigestion in children. Skin friendly and travel friendly product.

All the different oils as ingredients used have their own unique properties which helps baby fell sleep without pain. Majorly Hing oil has the antibacterial property which helps to reduce acid reflux and constipation. Saunf oil also helps the anti colic properties which helps reduce gas and stomach bloating.

MotherSparsh Rollon is free from chemicals, preservatives and traditionally manufactured so as to provide maximum benefits to children.

Main ingredients used are Hing oil, Pudina oil, Saunf Oil, Sonth oil and Sova oil.

Directions to use – Simply apply it directly on Stomach around the navel area.

Directions to use – Simply apply it directly on Stomach around the navel area.

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