Of Food and Health - Diwali Gorge Fest
Tucked away in the far North-Eastern region of India is a land, a land that the first Prime Minister Shri. Jawahar Lal Nehru described as ‘Jeweled Land’. This mystic land is inhabited by several ethnic groups, the predominant of which are the ‘Meitei’. Though part of India, Manipur and the Meitei have indigenous practices; follow a set of traditions native to their religion - Sanamahism; and even celebrate different festivals. One such festival is Ningol Chakouba - a celebration where e married women of the family are invited to their parent’s home for a great feast and traditional rituals. It is celebrated on the second lunar day of the Hiyangei month of the Manipur Calendar (Hiyangei Nini Paanba).
The celebration ends with the brothers and parents present gifts to their sisters and daughters and shower them with blessings. Speaking of gifts, why go the same old route? Yes, your daughters and sisters may love the ‘phaneks’ (a traditional skirt worn by Meitei women) and other such items, but how about giving them personal grooming products that would help them take care of their hair and skin. Sounds great right? Well, that’s exactly what this piece is about!
Manipuri women take great pride in their skin and hair and there’s no better way to pamper them this Ningol Chakouba than getting them personal care products that are made from 100% natural ingredients. Take the Urban Yog Plant-Based Collagen for instance. The collagen booster is made from a host of all-natural stuff like pomegranate powder, bamboo shoot, acai berry, amla powder, and rose petals. And that’s just half of the ingredients! This product boosts skin elasticity, hydrates, strengthens bones, stimulates nail growth, promotes collagen production, and tackles anti-aging. The presence of Vitamin E, Zinc, and Silica strengthens the immune system and allows for better functioning.
Then there’s the Acne/Pimple Patch from Urban Yog. This is a wonderful product that protects infected areas from dust and pollution. It draws out pus, gunk, and oils from open pores and helps pimples heal overnight. As promised, only natural ingredients are used in making this product - and in this case, Hydrocolloid! And the best part is, you can apply this on your pimple and then conceal it with cream/concealer, and nobody would even know. Your sister/daughter is sure to fall in love with this product.
Well, pimples and acne taken care of, it’s time for those nasty blackheads on one’s nose! The Nose Strips from Urban Yog regulates sebum production and unclogs pores by removing excess oil and dirt. After using this, your sister/daughter’s skin is sure to feel rejuvenated, fresh and clean, thanks to the aloe vera and the witch hazel used in the product. What’s more this product comes along with a BHA serum that needs to be applied to the nose, post usage of the Urban Yog Nose Strip. What does this do? Well, it exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells.
For hair care, get your ‘ningol’ Urbangabru’s onion shampoo and oil, and the hair serum. The shampoo cleanses the scalp and helps repair damaged hair. It nourishes from root to tip, tackles dandruff, adds shine and volume, and leaves the hair soft yet strong. The Onion Oil is paraben and sulfate-free and contains a blend of oils of rose, shea butter, hibiscus, sandalwood, mango, and jojoba. The hair serum minimizes split ends and promotes strong, healthy, and nourished hair.
One can continue to write about the long list of amazing products offered by Urban Yog and Urbangabru. There's the lip balm and fairness cream, which are winter essentials. However, coming back to the festival, do your sister/daughter and the environment a favor and get her products that will improve her personal care regime.