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Iraq’s travel highlights: 14 amazing places that tourists are missing

  It’s National Day in Iraq. October 3 marks exactly 85 years since the country gained independence from the UK. However, it has long been off-limits to ordinary travellers. Daesh controls large parts of it, and the Foreign Office advises against travel, adding that there is a high risk of terrorism and kidnapping. That’s not to say that a handful of tour operators aren’t running trips. Hinterland Travel is one. It has already run four tours of Iraq this year and has another 16 travellers lined up for its next departure in…

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12 Amazing Healing Benefits of Drinking Water in a Copper Vessel

Water is the most essential element to sustain life on this planet. 70 per cent of human body is made up of water. You may have not known this but in ancient times, our ancestors and even our grandmothers followed the practice of storing water in containers made of copper. Their aim was probably to safeguard drinking water but there’s more to the story. In today’s modern world where we have UV filters and RO purifiers to purify water, the storage of water in metal containers may sound old-fashioned and not…

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5 Amazing Barley Water Benefits: Drink Up This Elixir to Good Health

An ancient remedy or an elixir to good health, barley water is an incredible beverage that our ancestors included in their daily diet since the dawn of civilisation. The power grain barley, which our generation commonly associates with beer, has long been used to make cereals, as a substitute to rice and to dish out other delicacies intrinsic to various regional cuisines. While we now marvel at one of the variants – pearl barley, with the ongoing trend of eating what our ancestors ate and using it to toss up…

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8 Amazing Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for Your Skin and Hair

“Tea tree oil is a natural wonder,” claims Dr. Reema Arora, Medical Facial Head, Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, New Delhi. It is an old medicinal plant derivative, also known as Melaleuca. It is derived from an Australian native plant Melaleuca Alternifolia. “It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial and nourishing properties,” says Dr. Ranjan Upadhaya, Max Multi Speciality Centre, Panchsheel Park. Dermatologist Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj says, “It is excellent for combating oiliness and can be used in routine face…

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7 Amazing Benefits of Cabbage Juice, the New Health Tonic

The multi-layered veggie parcel and powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, cabbage is very well known for its properties in Ayurveda. Its high content of Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, E, C, K, calcium, iron ,iodine, potassium, sulphur, phosphorus and foliate makes it a superhero among the category of leafy vegetables.Belonging to the Brassica family, it is a cruciferous vegetable with cousins like bok choy, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and garden cress among others. It can be consumed by various means, be it boiled, cooked, steamed, sautéed, or even juiced. It has…

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8 Amazing Benefits of Dandelion Tea for Your Health

When you think of dandelion, you probably picture a pesky weed. But did you know that the plant has long been used in herbal medicine? You can drink an infusion made of the plant’s leaves or of roasted dandelion roots. Shalini Manglani, Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant, Bangalore, says, “The roots and leaves of dandelion are dried and used to make dandelion tea, and can benefit your health myriad ways.” Dr. Gargi Sharma, a Delhi-based Nutritionist, says, “Dandelion tea is rich in vitamin A, C and D. It contains high amounts…

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