Product Review: Zuska Deodorant

Hey guys, its been a while since I reviewed products and hence decided to get back on my blog! So this time I will be reviewing a deodorant that goes by the name “Zuska”. As you all know, I have already reviewed Zuci Naturals and their products and Zuci and Zuska are both products of the group Zodhita Inc.

 ZUSKA is the creation of a leading health and wellness organization from the United States of America, Zodhita Inc. Zodhita Health Solution is the 1st Asian subsidiary of Zodhita Inc- a health and hygiene company based in Newtown, Pennysylvania. Zuska entered India through its local operations with Zodhita Health Solutions Pvt. Ltd. in December of 2008, with sales and marketing activities beginning in May of 2010.

Zuska has a lot of product offering for men- EDT Deodorants, Alcohol free deodorants, shaving cream, shaving foam and deo soaps. The offering also include a variety of deodorants for women.  I will be reviewing the deodorant- Zuska Vogue Deo.

Packaging: The deodorant bottle is quite sturdy and comes in a matte pink shade and white cover. The spray is sealed with a cap which is quite good as it doesn’t allow people to misuse the product at stores.

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Price: Rs.250 for 150ml

Fragrance: The fragrance reminds me of talcum powder. Its quite overpowering.

Pros:

  • The spray is sealed with a lid, which i a plus point, as it helps one to understand if the product has been tampered with or not.
  • It is alcohol free and skin friendly.

Cons:

  • The fragrance gives me a feeling as though I have dusted talcum powder on my body, which is something I don’t like. The fragrance is really very strong for me. I prefer deos which are citrus/floral/fresh . I would not prefer a deo which gives me a powdery fragrance.
  • It is priced at Rs.250 for 150ml, which I find a little expensive.
  • At the price , I think the brand can improve on the packaging and make it a little more attractive.

So will I repurchase the product? I guess not… as I would love if it was not a powdery fragrance. The fragrance is really strong as well .

But yes, this is just one of the variants that I have tried and tested. Would have to try out others to know which one suits my taste!

You could purchase Zuska deodorants on amazon or snapdeal.

For more information on the company visit http://www.zodhita.com

Love,

Sonali

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Product Review: Ryaal Mr. Beans – 100% Natural Arabica Coffee Scrub

A coffee Scrub that would be loved by all the coffee lovers!!!!!

Yes! This scrub is loaded with the goodness of organic coffee, coconut and wild bee honey. Once this little tub is opened up, the aroma of coffee is what got me lost in the product for a while. So let me give you all the detail about this amazing product. This is a PR sample and this product is something that I have fallen in love with and will definitely repurchase.

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Ryaal is a brand that is into 100% organic pure, non diluted essential oils and skin care and hair care products as well.

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” CELLULITE ENEMY: We combine best quality of organic coffee grounds with moisturizing, skin-soothing wild bee honey and organic coconut oil for an extra exfoliating kick. By massaging our organic anti cellulite coffee body scrub onto any problem area, it may help in reduction of the appearance of cellulite.

LOADED WITH ANTI-OXIDANTS: Our Coffee Body Scrub is loaded with antioxidants, which help to fight the appearance of premature skin aging like wrinkles, sun spots, and fine lines. When applied under and around the eyes, it can help in minimizing the appearance of puffy eyes as caffeine restricts blood vessels, which reduces swelling and inflammation. It may also help lightens the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.

100% NATURAL EXFOLIATING SCRUB & ACNE TREATMENT SKINCARE: Exfoliate your skin improves circulation & help remove residual dirt, giving you a fresher, younger, more moisturized appearance. Coffee grounds in this scrub acts as a mechanical exfoliate that helps to scrub away dead skin to reveal the new, healthy skin underneath and as a chemical exfoliater removing skin cells with enzymes or acidic properties.

COCOA COCONUT SHEA BUTTER SUGAR FACIAL SCRUBS FORMULA: This high caffeine formula specializes in targeting stretch marks & Spider veins while boosting your skins anti-oxidants. The caffeine in a coffee scrub may also help in reducing the appearance of varicose veins. This dead sea salt body scrub also helps to lighten the scars and tighten the skin.

100% Natural Arabica Coffee Scrub 125 gm with Organic Coffee, Coconut and Wild Bee Honey : Purchase with complete peace of mind, If you are not completely satisfied with the product, we will refund your entire purchase.. “

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Price: Rs. 499/- for 125gm tub

Packaging: I love the Matte finish black tub!!. The tub, the colour and the letterings used reminds me of Lush!!! I just wished they had sent over a spatula with the tub ! The ingredients are mentioned on the tub.

Consistency: The scrub is not one of those Thick scrubs. Its light and in liquid form. It has The coffee granules in it which make your skin squeaky clean and leaves behind a glow.

Fragrance: Strong Coffee aroma

My Take on the Product:

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I have sensitive skin , but not much of acne. The product didn’t break me out and the fragrance is simply amazing. I am a coffee lover and hence the fragrance appeals to me. If you are not very fond of coffee, you might give this a miss , just cos of the fragrance. But I would still suggest that you try this out!

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I have used this product for months now, and I haven’t used it just on my face , but as a body scrub at times too. And I like the immediate effect! the skin gets a glow and gets squeaky clean. I don’t rub the product harshly onto my skin. A light rub is enough.

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Coffee is supposed to help in lightening pigmentation, scars and brightening the skin. The scrub serves the purpose. I use it once a week and a lot of dark spots have lightened.
It makes the skin more bright and radiant.

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– Highly effective in lightening the dark spots and pigmentation.
– it is 100% handmade and vegetarian.
-doesn’t dry the skin like most of the other scrubs.( the other scrub which I recommend is the almond shea and rose from Juicy Chemistry).
– Doesn’t irritate the skin (especially the coffee granules)
– effective as a Deep Cleanser and gets rid of Blackheads.
-Love the coffee fragrance

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-Overpowering Coffee fragrance which can be an issue for those who dislike coffee or have a sensitive nose.
-Comes in a tub- please pack in a spatula team !!! Its a little unhygienic if it has to be used by all.
-The products are available online and not in stores in the market.

So, this product is my Favourite and I recommend this one to all the coffee lovers and also the non-coffee lovers!!!! Please go and try this out!!! A must have scrub in your kin care regime. Though this was a PR sample, this product is gonna be on my repurchase list!

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So go try out their products and let me know what you feel about them!

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Sonali.

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Brand Review: Zuci Naturals

Years back, I remember walking into a Health and Glow store in Bangalore while I was doing my Masters and this brand would catch my eye because of its reasonably priced hand sanitizers and wet wipes. I would be so tempted to buy all of the sanitizers cos of the variety offered and the price being so reasonable! Zuci Naturals has been part of my student life and its amazing to see so many improvements and new launches made by the brand!

About the Brand:
It is one of the leading personal care brands from Zodhita Health Solutions Pvt ltd- a health and hygiene enterprise based in Mumbai. Zodhita Health Solution is the 1st Asian subsidiary of Zodhita Inc.-a health and hygiene company based in Newtown, Pennysylvania.

Zuci is derived from the Sanskrit word for clean and pure. Zuci brings a range of nature inpired products to deliver hygiene and beauty for the female go-getter who believes that beauty is incomplete without hygiene.
Zuci, like the on-the-go woman, believes that clean is beautiful.

Product Range:
The brand offers an array of products- hand sanitizers, hand wash, wet wipes, Junior range of hand sanitizers for kids. The other offering is Zuska- which has deodrants for both men and women.

Here are the product offerings by Zuci:
I]Hand sanitizers: They come in a variety of fragrances- cherry, citrus lime, fragrance free, natural, coconut , cucumber, tulsi basil.
The sanitizers have 99.99% germ protection and are a perfect hygiene companion while travelling in public transport. Along with protection against germs, they also moisturise the palms as they are enriched with Vitamin E.

II] Wet Wipes:
The wet wipes come in the below variants:
– Citrus Fruit Extract: Deep pore cleansing
– Aloe Vera Extract : Sunscreen wipes
– Cucumber and mint: For soothing skin
– Chamomile Extract: For all skin types
III] Colourful bag tags are available for the hand sanitizers
IV] HandWash:
– Tropical Fruit Blast
– Cool Citrus Mint
-Ripe Berry Blast
V] Zuska Deodrants: Many variants are available for men and women- I assume an approximate of 6 variants each for men and women.

Coming to my take on the products offered by Zuci, the brand sent across the below 3 products to me and I absolutely loved two of these products:
– The Ripe Berry Blast Hand wash with aloe and vitamin E beads
– Junior range -Mango Hand sanitizer
-Zuska Vogue Deo

So here’s a mini review of all the three products :
1. The Ripe Berry Blast Hand Wash:

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This is a combination of 3 berries- strawberry fragrance being the most intense. The hand wash not only cleanses and moisturises the hands but leaves behind a lingering fragrance of berries.
My take on this product:
– The bottle is a simple plastic pump bottle . the gold detailing at the base of the pump and the color of the handwash make the bottle attractive.
– This hand wash is purple in colour with orange beads.
– I loved the fragrance.
– The consistency is medium
– My palms feel fresh , clean and the fragrance is way too amazing.
– The moisturising Vitamin E beads and aloe do as promised- my palms didn’t dry out and I looked forward to every hand wash!!!!!

2. The Mango Hand sanitizer from the Junior range:
Since my kid is not of age to use one of these products, i was more than happy to try it out myself 🙂

My take on this product:

– The bottle is a simple transparent one whith a flip cap.
– The product is priced at Rs.50 for 30ml.
– The colour of the product is mild orange with the vitamin E orange coloured beads.
– The bottle is travel friendly, and leak proof.
– The bag tag helps keep it in place than being thrown around in the bag.
– The fragrance is mild, which is good for children.
– It is quite gentle on the hands and doesnt dry them out which is a plus point when it comes to children .
I loved this product!

3) Zuska Vogue Deodrant for Women:
The packaging is a simple pink bottle with the details of the brand and other information in white.

My Take on the product:
The spray is sealed with a lid, which I a plus point, as it helps one to understand if the product has been tampered with or not.
It is alcohol free and skin friendly.
Cons:
– The fragrance gives me a feeling as though I have dusted talcum powder on my body, which is something I don’t like.
– The fragrance is really very strong for me. I prefer deos which are citrus/floral/fresh . I would not prefer a deodorant which gives me a powdery fragrance.
– It is priced at rs.250 for 150ml, which i find a little expensive.
At the price , I think the brand can improve on the packaging and make it a little more attractive.

In short, I loved the hand wash and hand sanitizer ! the deodorant unfortunately isn’t my favourite!
Looking forward for more launches by this brand in the hygiene segment- intimate care wipes and washes, lip balms, hand creams etc.

For more information on the company visit www.zodhita.com
For purchase of Zucinatural products head to www.zucinaturals.com where you could get some deals or you could purchase any of the products on amazon/snapdeal etc.

Have a great day!!!!

Sonali

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Product Review-Glamisha Face Wash with Mulberry & Licorice Extracts

I have always been on the look out for a face wash that not just cleanses the skin but also immediately brightens up the skin post the wash. I came across a lot of youtubers trying out and recommending the products from Glamisha and was eager to try these out. The team at Glamisha has been really sweet and they sent over two of their products which have stormed Instagram and Youtube!

The brand Glamisha-Glamourous You! is based in Mumbai , and they bring Luxury Beauty and Personal Care products to the customers. Currently the products under their kitty include face washes, skin brightening cream, face lift cream, hair shampoo and hair conditioner. They are available in combos or single packs.

Mulberries are known for their anti-oxidant properties and may be used to promote a youthful and blemish free complexion. on the other hand, licorice has the power to make your skin brighter. it also helps in treating various skin disorders like eczema and skin rashes.

These two main ingredients in the Face Wash from Glamisha makes it different from the rest.

Price: The Tube is priced at Rs.350 for 100ml.

Shelf Life: 2 years

Packaging: The vibrant colour on the box and tube make the product stand out. Details about the brand, price, quantity, ingredients, directions on usage, etc are mentioned on the box as well as the tube. The product comes in a squeezy tube with a sturdy flip top cap which makes it easy to use.

Product: The face wash has a blue tint. A little product (pea sized drop) is enough to get ur face squeaky clean. It also instantly brightens up your skin, so make sure this face wash is in your bag at all times! The product fragrance is mild and unisex which is a bonus! Post usage, the skin tends to become a little dry, so make sure you use jut the right amount of product. It may not be suitable for dry skin types. However if you till wish to use it, make sure you use a light moisturiser post the face wash to keep your skin soft.

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What the Brand Claims: All the products have pure ingredients, essential oils and extracts which make the products highly effective yet gentle.

My Take on the product: I love this product. The consistency is just right.And in places where the humidity level is high, the skin tends to get oily and look dull. This product brightened up my skin on the first try! and I have been using it for a while now and I love it. I love the fragrance and the colour of the face wash too. Post the face wash, at night, make use of the Glamisha Skin Lightening Cream with Kojic acid Dipalmitate and Arbutin. This will help moisturise and brighten up the skin tone with time.

Pros:

  • The packaging, fragrance and colour of the product are unisex.
  • I love the fragrance of the product
  • The flip top is sturdy and makes it easy to use. No spill-outs.
  • The flip top makes it hygienic to use , the cap doesn’t fall off, locks well.
  • Paraben-free

Cons:

  • The product is priced a little higher than other brands.
  • It isn’t travel-size. So if you love the product, just transfer it into a travel sized bottle and carry it with you.
  • It has SLS and SLES

Where to purchase: The products can be purchased via Amazon.in or their website- www.glamisha.com . However, the website can be accessed only on mobiles.

So be sure to give this one a try, and let me know what you feel about the product.

Also, team Glamisha, Thank you for the products! Looking forward to trying the other products. Also, waiting to see many more products launching under the brand!

Love,

Sonali!

 

Sorich Organics Juniper Berry Seeds

The word “Berry” makes everything seem sweet and merry. However, please don’t pop one of these berries into your mouth just on hearing the word “berry”, as your tastebuds might be in for a surprise!!! Juniper Berries aren’t really berries. These berries are not  true berries but a cone with unusually fleshy and merged scales, which give it a berry-like appearance. They are bitter to taste and are best used in marinades and in meat dishes. Juniper berries traditionally have been used to “detoxify” the body and promote healthy digestion and skin health.

More about the Berries:

Juniper berries are the key flavoring in gin, which was originally known as jenever (“juniper”) and was developed in the Netherlands. Juniper berries were used in cooking and for medicinal purposes in ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome, and have been found in India and other Asian cultures as well.

Juniper has a piney taste with citrus overtones (sometimes compared to rosemary) and is a common ingredient in German food. Juniper berries are a pungent spice that is popular in European cuisine and also gives gin its distinguishing flavor.

Juniper berries are tiny cones of the juniper bush (a relative of the popular landscaping shrub). Most juniper berries used in recipes come from the species Juniperus communis, a plant that grows in northern climates. Not all juniper berries are edible, some berries are toxic.

You can purchase the product via Amazon.in or head to the webpage of SorichOrganics and get in touch with the team.

To know more about the brand, Click here to read my earlier post on Sorich Organics.

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Price: It is priced at Rs.149

Quantity: 100gms ( available in 200, 350 and 900 gm)

Shelf Life: 18 months

Quality: The Resealable airtight packets ensure that the berries stay fresh and do not absorb any moisture.

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Packaging: The berries comes in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. These packets are simple to look at. However a pop of colour makes each packet stand out. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian.

Benefits of Juniper Berries:

  • Juniper berries are a source of vitamin C.
  • Juniper berries are rich in antioxidants that might protect your body from oxidative damage. Adding more antioxidant rich foods to your diet may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
  • It is a natural antiseptic with anti fungal and antibacterial properties.
  • It may help improve digestion.
  • It helps improve skin conditions like eczema,vitiligo and rashes.
  • can be included as part of a diabetic diet plan

Precautions while using Juniper Berries:

  • Pregnant women should never consume juniper berries in whole or essential oil form as it may potentially cause damage to the unborn child or force uterine contractions.
  • Juniper is also not recommended for those with poor kidney function.
  • It is possible to develop an allergic reaction to juniper berries, which could manifest with skin issues (like a rash) or breathing issues. If you experience any of those conditions after using juniper berries, discontinue use and consult your doctor immediately.
  • Juniper berries may also interact negatively with certain medications, so if you are on any form of medication, you should first consult with your doctor before using juniper berries or juniper berry essential oil.

How to Use Juniper Berries:

If you want a strong juniper aroma and flavor to your dish, crushing fresh berries before adding them to a sauce or marinade is the way to go.

 For a more subtle flavor, you can toast the berries, but be careful not to burn them or they’ll taste bitter.

To crush the berries, put a tablespoon or so in a zippered bag and lightly smash them with a meat mallet, hammer or wine bottle. Once they’re flattened, dump them on a cutting board and chop them finely with a chef’s knife before adding to your dish or marinade.

Whole or crushed, juniper berries add a lot of flavor. But you’ll want to be careful when first trying them in a recipe to find the smallest amount to get the most flavor. Too much juniper berry can overpower all the other flavors. As a flavor enhancer , they work best in savory dishes. Try them in a stew or add to your chicken before roasting. The berries pair really well with game, such as venison or duck.

What to cook with Juniper Berries:

Juniper is commonly used with lamb (or mutton) and is particularly good with venison, wild boar, and even domestic pork. You could even add them to a pot of chili, to give a rustic flavor that complements ground smoked chile peppers. Juniper is also a good flavoring to use with roast duck.

To bring out juniper berries’ slight citrus flavor, most recipes call for another fruit such as apples or prunes to be added. You can rub crushed juniper berries into a meat of your choosing before roasting it. Add a little ginger or garlic to the rub for a savory flavor. Or you can stew the berries before marinating or basting the meat with them.

If you love cooking meats , head to http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/juniper_berries and check out some amazing recipes using Juniper Berries.

Hope this post was an interesting and informative read!

Love

Sonali..

Sources used for reference: (Pictures of the plant from google for your reference)

Product Review: Quinoa Seeds From Sorich Organics

Healthy food has become the need of the day. Quinoa is one such seed which is widely used in breakfast bowls, of which, amazing pictures are posted on instagram, which makes you want to try it out as well. So here I am with a packet of quinoa in my hand, all set to create a breakfast bowl with an instagram picture to kill for!!!! 😀  The Indian version would make Quinoa look like Upma! The breakfast bowls look amazing though:

About the Plant:

I must say, as I searched for the Quinoa Plant , the photographs of the plant were stunning. The plant itself is so colourful and doesn’t appear to be a superfood plant!! As I first saw the pictures, I assumed it to be a flowering plant that could be used for floral decorations.  Have a look at these pictures:

Quinoa, (Chenopodium quinoa), plant species grown for its tiny edible seeds. As a member of the Amaranthaceae family, quinoa is not a true cereal. Its seeds are high in protein and fibre, and its young leaves are also nutritious and can be eaten as a vegetable similar to spinach (to which it is related). The plant is native to the Andean region of South America, where it has been a staple crop for millennia. Touted for its health benefits, quinoa is now grown in a number of countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and India, but most of it is still grown in Peru and Bolivia.

After harvest, the seeds are processed to remove the bitter-tasting outer seed coat. Versatile for many dishes, cooked quinoa supplies nutrient content similar to wheat and rice, such as moderate amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and minerals. Quinoa is gluten-free.

Quinoa is a little expensive and that might refrain you from making a purchase. But yes, you could give it a try and then decide if you would want to continue with the product. Or maybe you could purchase this once in two months if you like it 🙂

Buy the seeds from Amazon.in or visit the brand webpage www.sorichorganics.com to get in touch with the team. To know more about the brand, Click Here.

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Price: It is priced at Rs.149

Quantity: 100gms (also available in 200gm, 400gm and 900gm)

Shelf Life: 18 months

Quality: Sorich Organics definitely has ensured the cereal remains fresh with its airtight packaging.

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Packaging: The Packet is a simple brown packet with a pop of colour which makes it attractive. The cereal comes in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian.

Benefits of Quinoa:

  • Quinoa is majorly consumed for its dietary fibres and minerals such as iron,zinc and magnesium. It also helps with food digestion.
  • Quinoa is an ideal source of vitamins like Thiamin,Riboflavin,folate and vitamin B6, which help to regulate the internal functions and metabolism of the body.
  • 100gms of quinoa contains120 calories and only 2gms fat. for people concerned about their weight, replacing other food grains with quinoa will be helpful to slim down.
  • Quinoa has antioxidant properties that help in protecting the heart, liver, kidney, lungs, and pancreas against oxidative stress.
  • It is a good source of proteins.
  • The amount of calcium found in quinoa is similar to that of dairy products, but it has been pointed out that those who are intolerant of dairy products can eat it.

How to use quinoa:

  • Quinoa can be taken in breakfast or can be mixed in salads. You can have quinoa in a roasted form or also cook it as a side dish. It can be ground and mixed in food too.

Check out the below links to get some recipes on how to use Quinoa:

Hope this article charges you up or at least the breakfast bowl pictures do 😛 to go and get yourself some quinoa!!!

Happy healthy snacking!!!

Love

Sonali..

 

Source for reference: (Few pictures of the plant and breakfast bowls from Google , just for your reference)

 

Product Review: Sorich Organics Halem Seeds

The word “Halem” gives a very Middle-East feeling to me, and maybe to you as well right? I just wondered while I looked at the packet of Halem Seeds, as to what in the world was Halem seeds??  On getting a few of these seeds on my palm, the colour of the seeds are reddish-brown. They have a peppery , tangy taste  which I didn’t quite like. The seeds have derived names like cress, garden pepper cress, pepperwort cress, pepperwort pepper grass, mustard and cress or poor man’s pepper, due to this peppery flavour.

About The Plant:
So yes, although I didn’t like the taste, and before the seeds went to some corner in the kitchen cupboards, I did some research about this plant and I found it quite interesting. I look forward to using these seeds in my daily cooking as well!
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Garden cress has tiny, meaty, slightly elongated green leaves and long white-green, feeble-looking stems with stringy white roots. It is readily available in the form shouts and best harvested when the shouts reach 5-10 cm in height. If left to mature, the plant can easily reach 50-60 cm in height. There are several varieties available, including wrinkled or crinkled ones (called as such as a result of their curled leaves). Seeds are tiny and red brown in color and are used as seasoning in Asian cooking under the name ‘haloon’, where they are almost just as popular as garden cress itself.
Both the leaves and seeds are used for seasoning dishes. Garden cress leaves have a peppery, sharp flavor, similar to that of radishes. However, growing conditions can influence their flavor to some extent. For instance, growing the plant in pots, bowls or even flat plates and keeping it on your windosill will help temper its flavor and make it milder-tasting. Garden cress can even be sprouted from seeds on wet or moist paper towels or cotton wads.
So, if you wish to try out these seeds and add some zing into your daily cooking , head to Amazon.in and get yourself a pack of Sorich Organic Halem Seeds. Else you can check out their website www.sorichorganics.com and get in touch with the team. You can read more about this brand here.
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Price: It is priced at Rs.90
Quantity: 100gms (Available in 200gm and 400gm as well)
Shelf Life: 18 months
Quality: The seeds are of good quality, they are crunchy and the packaging does its job really well in keeping the seeds fresh.
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Packaging:

The seeds come in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian. The packaging is simple yet attractive and keeps the seeds fresh. The packet has a pop of colour which makes the otherwise dull packet, attractive.

Benefits of Halem Seeds:

  • Also known as Halim/Garden Cress seeds, Halem seeds majorly improve menstrual health and indigestion. One of the oldest cultivated seeds, Halem seeds also help in hair loss treatment and boosting immunity.
  • Due to its high quality and quantity of iron and folic acid it helps to overcome iron deficiency anemia. Garden cress seeds being the richest source of non-haeme iron. It is advisable to have vitamin C half an hour after consumption of these seeds as it enhances iron absorption.
  • High nutritive content of cress seeds. It’s given especially to post partum mothers and lactating mothers as it enhances milk production.
  • It also has hypoglycemic properties which help to control glucose levels in diabetics
  • It is used during constipation as a laxative . It is also used to treat intestinal problems and abdominal colic issues. It is laso very helpful in treating bleeding piles.
  • Garden cress seeds are good expectorants and when chewed they treat sore throat, cough reliever, asthma and headache.
  • cress seeds have anti-hypertensive property. It has diuretic property due to which it has blood pressure lowering property.
  • it has good anti cancer property. Garden cress seeds contain antioxidants like vitamin A and E which help protect cells from damage by free radicals.

 

Side-effects of Garden Cress Seeds:

1.Diuretic Properties: Garden cress contains diuretic properties thus patients suffering from frequent passage of water and urine should be cautious when using this plant.

2.Abortifacient Properties: Garden cress is abortifacient in nature thus capable of inducing abortion in early pregnant women if taken in excess. Pregnant women should refrain from eating garden cress as it has the tendency to induce uterine contractions and abortion. Garden cress seeds can increase uterine contraction, thus certain people use it to induce labor in late stages of pregnancy.

3.Goitrogenic Properties: Garden cress contains goitrogens, which are substances that subdue the proper functioning of the thyroid gland through its interference with iodine absorption. If consumed in a very large quantities can cause the thyroid gland to enlarge, thereby causing goiter and hypothyroidism.

How to Use Halem Seeds/Garden cress Seeds:

  • Halem seeds can be eaten raw and roasted before eating. They are peppery and aromatic ,hence, used with salads and vegetable curries .
  • Roasted slightly with added salt.
  • Soaked in water then added to milk or juice.
  • Chikki or laddoo can be made. (preparation similar to til laddoo/chikki).
  • The leaves go well in sandwiches or fresh, green salads

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Sources used for reference (including a picture of the plant from google just for your reference):

  • wikipedia
  • natureword.com