One of our favourite botanical illustrators and authors, Nirupa Rao is out with a new nature and science book. Her latest tome, Hidden Kingdom, features botanical illustrations of fascinating plants native to the Western Ghats—from carnivores and parasites to flowers that smell like rotting flesh. You’ll encounter familiar species (like pepper) as well as the more obscure (like the colourless ghost orchid), all certain to make you see the natural world with new eyes.
Sumitra Daswani is the founder of Born From The Earth – a natural healing company – and is a holistic health practitioner, trained in Ayurveda, medical botany, nutrition, meditation and sound therapy. She guides others on how to heal themselves naturally and achieve optimal well-being. She writes about her journey to becoming a healing practitioner and how everyone has the innate capacity within themselves to to heal.
Jo Moody, Design Head, La Fleur, takes us through the nuances of creating rustic bouquets, including an arrangement in a fish bowl, a wedding bouquet and rustic chic arrangement that seemed plucked straight from the woodlands. With over 15 years of experience in the horticultural industry — including teaching floristry at Hadlow College in Kent — she has helped develop bouquets for major high street retailers in the UK and brings her love for flowers to La Fleur too using only locally-grown Indian flowers of the highest quality.
We have shortlisted nine mindful brands brands which have tried to revive the nature-human connection through a range of organic deodorants. These deodorants are free from scary chemicals such as Parabens, Aluminum, Silica, Triclosan, Talc, Propylene Glycol, Steareths, and TEA/DEA (triethanolamine/diethanolamne).However, a word of caution, they do not contain aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum zirconium, ingredients in anti-perspirants that stop you from sweating. These chemicals can clog your lymph nodes which sweat out toxins and accumulate them along with the aluminum, plugging close the gateway to our lymphatic system which is a big no-no.
Since the 80s, design duo comprising Frenchman Didier Lecoanet and Indo-German Hemant Sagar have been enthralling the world with their couture and ready-to-wear fashion. What inspired them to launch Ayurganic, a conscious line of premium leisure wear, rooted in the principles of Ayurveda? BeejLiving travels to Kerala to understand the vision and journey of Ayurganic, from pale cotton bales to breathable garments that restore balance and heal the body
For a hot minute slow fashion became synonymous with shapeless sacks floating down the runway in earth-toned hues. But not anymore. Sewing some fun in to fashion is our mid-summer and monsoon special issue. Leaving behind blah silhouettes and a severe palette, a few sustainable labels in India have livened up the rather dull conversation with something meaningful to say. Founders of our favourite conscious fashion labels pick the ‘it’ piece from their collections this season and tell us why we need them in our closets.