October 7, 2015

Bananas



ID-10031534Bananas are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Vitamin E. They can be used as an anti-aging agent. Use freshly mashed banana for your next facial. It contains fiber, minerals, magnesium, and potassium. These all help our blood circulate properly and boost our immune system.

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Lemons are high in Vitamin C and have natural bleaching properties. They are a good cleanser and can be used to lighten skin blemishes, acne scars, spots, and skin tone. Mix one glass of warm water with a dash of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey. Or, add a bit of lemon juice to your salad. Another bonus, this also fights cellulite.

Oranges

Oranges are alsID-100112121o rich in Vitamin C and can improve skin texture. They can remove blemishes and naturally slow down the aging process. Try it out by drying orange peels, crushing them into a powder, and storing them in an airtight container. Use this powder as a natural scrub 1-2 times a week.

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Avocados are full of biotin and can help to prevent dry skin and brittle hair as well as weak nails. Apply avocado topically to your face, hair, or nails for hydration.

Papayas

Papayas are rich in anID-100290783tioxidants and they are a source of an enzyme called papain. They can clear up skin impurities and remove dead skin cells. Use the inside of the papaya to exfoliate your face. Rub your face gently for about one minute. Blend the papaya, add 2 tablespoons of either honey or yogurt, and use the mixture as a mask. Rinse off after 20 minutes and follow up with a moisturizer.

Apples

Apples have a high level of antioxidants and Vitamin C which also work aID-10010749s an anti-aging agent while also preventing cell and tissue damage. This can minimize wrinkles and fine lines on your face. Eating an apple every day will certainly help your skin. In addition, you can apply an apple juice and honey mixture to your face. Wait for it to dry and then wash it off. This works well as a hydrating mask.

Pomegranates

Yet anID-10092876other fruit rich in antioxidants, papayas can help speed healing and aid the skin in creating more collagen. This is important to keep your skin looking taut. Apply pomegranate to your face and see the difference.

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Amla is full of Vitamin A and like pomegranates, helps to increase collagen production. The best way to eat and use amla is to drink its juice form on an empty stomach in the early morning.

Strawberries

My personal favID-10034939orite, strawberries, contain malic acid. This makes strawberries a natural whitening agent. And they too have antioxidants which lead to a healthy glow. Eat a serving of strawberries, or mash them up and add yogurt or honey to form a paste. Apply it to your face for 15 minutes.

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October 7, 2015

For physical and mental well-being, quality and quantity of food plays an important parts. Since the beginning of the practice of Yoga, Yogins did not limit their dietary instructions in terms of carbohydrates, calories and vitamins. For example, the old texts enjoin the Yogi to eat until his stomach is one-half full.

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For bodily health, it is suggested that the Yoga adherent limit himself to three meals a day: a light breakfast at 8:30 A.M.; lunch at 1 P.M.; and the main meal at about 6:30 P.M. It is also considered injurious to fill the stomach with food before food previously eaten has passed through the pylorus. This usually takes about four hours.

Some Yogis even consider it harmful to drink water during meals. Many drink about a pint of water on arising in the morning. This, it is believed, will wash down the residues of the alimentary canal through increased peristalsis, and will also facilitate evacuation. No exact quantity of food that would satisfy every individual has been established. Some require a higher intake than others. In the old Yoga texts, it is stated that one may "partake of food according to his desire."

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October 7, 2015

The event is over and PlantOGram made it's huge debut at the Russell Simmons ART FOR LIFE gala. Now, what was inside of those bags along with the PlantOGram gift-cards? That evening PlantOGram was surrounded by many high end and popular friends in those amazing bags. Let's introduce you to the new friends our gift cards rubbed elbows with!
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Right smack in the center is a very familiar and popular designer, Kenneth Cole. Kenneth Cole Products, Inc. is an American fashion house founded in 1982 by Kenneth Cole. In 1994, Kenneth Cole went public, and has been included on Forbes annual list of 200 Best Small Companies four times.

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Kenneth Cole Productions sells clothing and accessories under the following lines: Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, and Unlisted. The company now operates over 90 retail and outlet stores worldwide, and sells in catalogs and websites.

A copy of Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey book is one of the reading materials offered in the gift bag. This richly illustrated full-color catalog accompanies the first major solo museum exhibition and most comprehensive survey of the artist Wangechi Mutu's work, on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from March 21, 2013, through July 21, 2013, before traveling to the Brooklyn Museum. wmbookIt comes as no surprise that guests were given a peek inside of Mutu's life and art, given that she was the gala's featured artist. There is also a copy of Hampton magazine, coverage of parties, restaurants, bars, fashion, and things to do in Hamptons. HT_COVER-Kevin-Hart-336x401And a Spring 2015 issue of Haute Time magazine featuring a cover story of famous comedian Kevin Hart and his collection of fine watches. Haute is a magazine all about the coverage of the latest and hottest luxury watches.

GLAMSQUAD is an on-demand, app-based beauty provider delivering professional and affordable hair, makeup and nails (currently available in NYC only) services to your home, office, hotel, or wherever you may be. the_dreamer_grayOperating in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the company plans to debut in other cities soon. They gave the gala make up bags full of samples to give the guests. "When it comes to getting GLAM – one size fits all. From a busy professional booking a 7AM blowout to a new mom looking for some ‘mid-day me time’ to the young and social going from daytime to dancing, we are there to make you look and feel your best. GLAMSQUAD is perfect for a bachelorette, baby shower, sweet sixteen, or a typical girls’ night out.", as posted on their website.

For the men, samples from The Grooming Lounge are in the gift bags. The Grooming Lounge is the country's premiere solutions source for men's grooming. The Grooming Lounge was founded in 1999 by men with a lifetime of experience in the men's grooming and fashion industry. glpageimage_1

Now led by Founder Michael Gilman and the company's team of Grooming Experts, the Grooming Lounge is committed to setting new industry standards using the best customer and technical services.

There is also a great line of a new beauty product included in the gift bag. J21 Skin Care was established in 2007 and is distinguished by it's unique harmony of innovative, cutting edge scientific ingredients along with potent organic and natural actives. j21

PlantOGram was surrounded by many high end and popular friends in those amazing bags. From hot reading material, to skin care products for men and women, it is safe to say PlantOGram was in good company that evening and now many top celebs and well known socialites will be enjoying their goodies.

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October 7, 2015

by Anne Fellowes

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Fruit For The Soul - How Plants Benefit Your Mental Health

There aren't many bad things that you can say about fruit plants. They feed us, they give us oxygen, they make our homes and gardens beautiful. But did you know that plants - particularly fruit-bearing plants - can be good for your mental health too? And you don't even have to eat the fruit to get the benefits! It seems incredible, we know, but plants really can have a major impact upon your mental health simply by existing in your vicinity! Here's how:

The 'Nature Cure'

People have sought and found solace within nature for centuries, but it's only recently that doctors and scientists have begun to take 'nature cures' seriously. The world is experiencing a sharp rise in mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety disorders. This has driven the intellectual elite to ponder the problem and formulate theories, while the medical establishments of the world work hard at stemming the tide of sad, suffering people coming through their doors. Some thinkers - notably Richard Louv - have pioneered the idea that modern problems such as depression and ADHD can in some way be attributed to a lack of interaction with nature. And the theory is gaining a lot of traction - so much so that certain doctors are even beginning to prescribe courses of 'Naturopathy' for their depressed patients. It works, too. Studies have consistently found that patients exposed to the natural world experience significant improvements in their mental health.

Tangible Benefits

Nobody is quite sure whether it's being outside, breathing fresh air, getting exercise and so on which improves one's mental health, or whether it has something to do with the landscape and its vegetation. In all probability, it's a combination of all of these factors. However, if you can't or don't have the time to spend a lot of time romping in the wilderness, bringing nature to you in the form of domestic plants can do your mental state a lot of good. Hospitals have established that placing flowering plants within the rooms of patients can seriously lift their mood and improve their state of mind - which in itself promotes healing. And rehab centers for those people who are suffering from addictions are increasingly encouraging their patients to care for houseplants. In the latter case, caring for the plants not only brings the aforementioned lifts in mood and improvement of mental health, but helps to bestow a sense of purpose, responsibility, and self-worth.

Flower Power

One of the notable aspects of many fruit-bearing plants is that, in order to produce the wonderful, nutrition-packed delicacies they so kindly bestow upon us, they need to undergo a lot of pollinating. In order for this to go according to evolution's plan, they often put out a lot of beautiful, scented flowers. It seems that these flowers have a far deeper effect upon us than we may at first realise. Plenty of us appreciate the beauty of abundant cherry blossoms, and delight in the scent of a flowering orange tree - but our delight in these things may well stem from a lot more than simple aesthetic appreciation. Science has found that floral scents really do make us happy, and psychologists have established that the presence of flowers in a room enhances the productivity, mood, and creativity of those within. A charming study into the emotional impact of gift-giving discovered that the most 'true' smiles were exhibited by those participants which received gifts of flowers. Notably, the gift recipients also described the flower-givers in far more positive terms than they did those who gave other (sometimes more ostensibly valuable) gifts. So, if you want to make someone happy and be liked by them into the bargain, buy them flowers!

The Perfect Gift

If, therefore, you have a suffering friend whom you want to help (and want to be thought well of by them as you do so), one of the best things that you can do is to send them a fruit plant. Not only will it feed their bodies, it will also nourish their minds. While we're not claiming that plants are a miracle cure, science has proven that they really can make an awful lot of difference to somebody's state of mind.

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September 6, 2015

Chaitanya B.

Woo hoo! It's Friday everyone! :D You know what that means. Nights out with friends, cocktail parties, and just adventures awaiting for the weekend. There's most likely going to be one common factor in all your endeavors: alcoholic beverages. But why are we blogging about this? Because we want to let you all know that you can incorporate your PlantOGram fruit trees into your Friday night libations! Whether you're hosting a party, or just bringing a cocktail over to your friend's, we've got some unique, fun drink options for you :)

1.) Dragonfruit Greyhoundtumblr_mnhlasL43s1s86rtco1_500Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium sized dragonfruit of your choice, squeeze out the juice in a glass.
  • 2 oz Premium Vodka
  • 1-2 oz Ginger Ale
  • 2-3 oz Cranberry juice

Mix ingredients and pour over ice into glass. Enjoy! :)

2.) Mango-Peach Sangria200907-r-sangriaIngredients:

  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1 cup Grand Marnier
  • 2 peaches, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 bottle Viognier
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 mango of your choice, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar

In a saucepan, cook the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves; transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cold. Stir in the Grand Marnier, Viognier, mango, peaches and mint and serve over ice! :)

3.) Frosted Lychee & Cranberry MartiniSlushIngredients: 

  • 8 0z. lemon sorbet
  • 5-7 lychees, skinned and pitted
  • 10-12 cranberries
  • 6 oz. vodka

Place sorbet, lychee and cranberries in a blender and pulse until well combined and smooth. Add in vodka and gently pulse until combined. Pour into martini glass and serve with cranberry shrub for embellishment, and enjoy! :)

4.) Carambola Cocktailcarambola4Ingredients: 

• 2 parts of fresh starfruit juice with mint
• 1 part of vodka
• 1 part of lime
• Ice

Mix starfruit juice and mint with water and sugar. Then, mix in the vodka and lime. Shake well and serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of starfruit for embellishment :)

5.) Guava ColadadownloadIngredients: 

1 1/4 oz. Dark Rum
3 oz. fresh Guava Juice
1 oz. Coconut Cream

Blend with 8 oz. of crushed ice until smooth. Serve in specialty glass and garnish with a kiwi wheel, a tropical edible flower or a pineapple flag. Enjoy :)

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September 6, 2015

Treat your skin to a nourishing and refreshing twist to DIY body butters. These easy steps to making your own Mango Body Butter only takes about 30 minutes and you skin will love you for it!

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Ingredients:
– 1 cup shea butter
– 1/2 cup mango butter
– 1/2 cup almond oil
– mango essential oil (20-25 drops)

Tools:
– electric mixer or whisk
– glass bowl
– mixing bowl
– pot
– storage jar with lid

Instructions:

1. Fill your pot with water so that your glass bowl sits half immersed. Measure out your two butters and place them in glass bowl. Turn your stove on to medium heat and bring the water to a low boil to melt your butters.

2. When the butters are completely melted, carefully remove your glass bowl from the pot of hot water. Stir in the almond oil and 20-25 drops of mango essential oil.

3. Chill the mixture in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

4. Once the mixture has cooled, whip it with an electric mixer or whisk until you have a soft and a creamy texture.

5.  To store, place in an airtight container and set in a cool place and it should last for about 4-6 months.

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September 6, 2015

Chaitanya B.

Fruit and yoga- they really are quite a potent combo. As PlantOGram is launching our original #FruitNYoga campaign this month, we have compiled together a list of fruit and yoga poses which, when paired together can yield amazing results! Whether you're aiming to get pregnant soon, increase your sexual libido, or just stay fit, we've got you covered! Join us for our  1st FruitNYoga, a guide on increasing your fertility, or chances of getting pregnant :)

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  1. Get yourself a ripe pineapple, preferably organic.
  2. Remove the pineapples exterior.
  3. Cut through the middle of the pineapple, from top to bottom. (Do NOT core it!)
  4. From each half, slice six to eight equally sized wedges.
  5. When you're ovulating, begin consuming one to two slices of pineapple each day.

The Yoga Poses:

Cobbler Pose

download (1)This pose helps to open up your hips and increases blood circulation in the pelvic area.

Supported Bridge Pose

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Especially in this pose, you raise up your pelvic area, in order to increase blood supply to ovaries and uterus.

Legs up the Wall Pose 

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Doing this pose helps to decrease stress levels in the lower area of your back is also a very powerful way to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.

Lotus Pose 

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Is known to energize the pelvic area- one of the simplest poses to increase fertility power. Also known to relieve menstrual discomfort.

Cobra Pose

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Increases blood flow to uterus and ovaries, and is known to improve overall total body circulation of blood and oxygen.

Good luck everyone! And have fun this month as you begin your Fruit n' Yoga journey :)

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September 6, 2015

Chaitanya B.

The miracle fruit, also known as the miraculous berry, comes from a shrub native to West Africa. Right off the bat, you may be asking yourself: why is it called the miracle fruit? There are many documented reasons that justify the name of this fruit, including the fact that it helps to increase metabolism, reduce blood pressure & diabetes, and help out with overall health. But, the most interesting claim about this fruit is that it allegedly makes everything taste sweeter! What? 8O

Fruit-2When the flesh of the fruit is eaten, molecules called miraculin bind to the tongue's taste buds causing sour foods to taste sweet. At neutral pH when you haven't eaten anything sour, you won't be able to notice much of a difference on your tongue. But at a low pH, resulting from ingestion of sour foods, miraculin binds proteins and becomes able to activate the sweet receptors, making your aftertaste sweet. This effect lasts for about 30 mins. So who knows? Maybe instead of adding more sugar to your cheesecake, you could just eat some miracle fruit beforehand :P

Just for funsies, these are the superhero transformations that have occurred in people's mouth after they've consumed miracle fruit:

Lemon -------> Lemonade

Cream Cheese -------> Cheesecake

Sour Cream -------> Ice Cream

Koolaid Mix -------> Powdered Sugar

Tabasco Sauce------->

Wait for it..............

Hot Donut Glaze? 8O

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August 12, 2015

One of the biggest benefits of the mango is its ability to boost your immune system. The juices of the mango can also be used to make a skin cream to help cleanse your face. So, it not only helps you on the inside but on the outside as well.

Nutrition Chart

  • One cup of mangoes (225 gms contain) contains the following percentages that apply to daily value. 105 calories
  • 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster) 25 percent vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)
  • 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
  • 9 percent healthy probiotic fiber 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
  • 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
  • 4 percent magnesium

Mango Mud Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 Mango
  • 2 tbs. oatmeal
  • 2 tbs. almonds.
  • Water

 Instructions:

  1. Process your mud base. Pour oatmeal and almonds into a food processor and blend to a fine powder.
  2. Peel your mango, cut it in half and seed. Reserve one half and put the other in the refrigerator. Cut the half into 4 chunks and add the pieces to the food processor. process for 1 minute.
  3. Add water in tbs portions untill the proper mud consistincy.
  4. To use your mask, smooth over skin and let dry for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  5. Store your leftovers in an air tight container and refrigerate.
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August 12, 2015

Jambolan is an ancient fruit native to Southern Asia, and according to ancient Hindu scriptures, was the sole source of food that Lord Rama lived off of during his 14 years of exile! Mind-boggling, right? But what’s even more mind-boggling is the fact that Jambolan is proven to help regulate blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. The key ingredient that is responsible for regulating this is called the jamboline, which inhibits excessive rises in the glucose level. Below you can find a recipe for a delicious smoothie, especially made for diabetics. This way you can have a treat for yourself that is good tasting and also good for you!

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Jambolan Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup de-seeded and finely chopped black jambolan
  • 2 cups low-fat plain frozen yogurt
  • 4 tbsp crushed ice
  • (Optional) 1 tsp sugar substitute

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients, and blend in a mixer till thick and creamy.
  2. Pour the smoothie into 4 individual small glasses.
  3. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info (per glass):

Calories: 58 kcal

Fat: 0.2 grams

Carbs: 10.3 grams

Protein: 3.8 grams

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