Himalayan Salt is a health booster, a beauty aid and air purifier

Move over to the healthy Pink Himalayan salt from the refined white salt. This is one big change you got to make if wellness is your priority. If you have stopped by to admire those beautiful, pink-hued, rock salt crystals on the shelves in your neighbourhood health store, time for you to check them out. Buy a packet today and use them in your cooking, add it to your salads or to anything that needs a dash of salt.

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Pink Himalayan salt crystals Image courtesy : Dr Axe

Pink Himalayan salt has already caught on in India and elsewhere in the world with all the advocates of ‘Food is Medicine’. And for all those still wondering whats the big deal about it, here go few solid reasons that should convince you to make the change. From refined white salt to Pink Himalayan Salt.

It Is Pure

Authentic Pink Himalayan salt is mined from the Khewra Salt Mines, the oldest and largest salt mine in Pakistan. This mine is millions of years old (probably 250 million years) and the salt extracted from it is unrefined and pure. That means the salt has not been exposed to pollutants like pesticides, toxins and other impurities.

The white salt that most people buy from regular stores is got from evaporating salt water, or extricating solid salt from salt mines. It then goes through chemical processing and bleaching to remove impurities. In the process, many precious minerals are lost and in order to compensate for the loss, manufacturers add additives which are not half as good as the natural minerals. Whats more,  anti-caking agents (which are harmful) are added to absorb moisture and keep the salt free-flowing. Typical table salt consists of 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals.

Many people are turning to sea salts for their regular usage, but a word of caution here. All salt is sea salt, where else would any salt be got from? The sad part though is that most of our lakes and oceans are contaminated with toxic poisons like mercury, PCBs  and dioxin (both, classes of man-made chemicals). Oil spills make it worse, leaving behind toxins that will stay on in the water for ages. More than 85% of sea salt producers use refining processes, of which we have already talked about. Hence do not fall for a mere ‘sea salt’ term, on the labels. Look more closely for any additives and loosely coined ingredient list.

Pure salt will lump up more easily and more frequently than the refined salt, but that’s not a matter for concern, rather proof that it is unrefined and safe ! Some anti-caking agents may contain ammonia and aluminium, which are associated with neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimers’s disease. Pink Himalayan salt is spared of all of the above. Will you opt for it now ?

Sodium Potassium Balance

The scientific name for table salt (white, refined) is Sodium Chloride. Does that sound unsafe to you? It should….else here is why ! Table salt, undergoes a refining process that robs it of all its minerals, except sodium and chloride. Your doctors and nutritionists have all told you that sodium increases water retention, which is hard on your kidneys – they have to work overtime to expel the water. The circle of damage continues. Strain on kidneys means higher blood pressure and that in turn leads to hypertension. Now, our body is a work of marvel. The creator has made sure that potassium works with sodium in a specific ratio to regulate blood pressure. Unfortunately, table salt loses many of the nutrients, potassium being one of them, in the refining and bleaching processes. So the balance becomes lopsided when you consume refined salt. Pink Himalayan salt on the other hand also contains sodium, but in lower proportions (3). Besides it is enriched with potassium that counterbalances sodium and the equilibrium is therefore maintained. So, has Pink Himalayan salt come on your shopping list now ?

More Minerals

Mike Adams, editor of Natural News (world’s top source on natural health) describes Pink Himalayan salt as ‘full spectrum’ salt. Rightly so, since it is loaded with 84 healthy, naturally occurring minerals and trace elements. Refined salt gets devoid of 80 minerals in the refining process, including iodine. But salt manufacturers put back only iodine into it, calling it ‘iodized salt’. Do you know why there is this stress on iodised salt? Because while consuming refined salt leads to many degenerative diseases that are not so obvious, the one that stands out is goiter, the most noticeable ! Hence, unscrupulous salt industry magnates use ‘iodized salt’ to their advantage. Lack of iodine can lead to mental retardation over generations, but that is hard to put a finger on. You get it ? Why eat nutrient-deprived processed salt when you have the nutrient dense Pink Himalayan salt?

Some of the other afflictions of processed salt :

  • Cellulite
  • Rheumatism, arthritis and gout
  • Kidney and gall bladder stones
  • High blood pressure

Why is Pink Himalayan salt pink ? Because it contains minerals like potassium, iodine, iron, manganese and calcium as well as the lesser heard of molybdenum and strontium, and together they all give it its signature pink hue. The crystals can vary between non-white to shades of pink. All natural, full spectrum salts are either non-white, pink, brown or sandy in colour. These minerals are amazingly connected in structure, making it easy for the body to absorb the trace minerals.

Useful tip : Make sure you buy Pink Himalayan salt in crystal form and avoid the powdered variety. Powdered salt could sometimes be adulterated. Buy the crystals and run them in your grinder or food processor at home.

You can buy the salt online. I buy mine from either Dhanyam, Terra or Earth Story in Chennai.

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PHS crystals from Earth Story

Healthy Support To Your Body

The word ‘sodium’ ups antennas in the world of health, but the negative connotation is directly proportionate to excessive consumption. Sodium has its positive role to play in the health of humans. Muscle contraction, glucose absorption, cardiac functions and fluid regulation, all need sufficient amount of sodium for optimum functioning. Chloride supports the digestive process and is required to maintain blood pressure and volume. Iodine, meanwhile promotes healthy thyroid functioning. Pink Himalayan salt is packed with all these nutrients and more to keep a healthy body. Plus, it contains all of the six electrolytes  needed to maintain appropriate hydration levels in the body, as well as for muscles and nerves to function at their best. Listed as phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and chloride. These electrolytes can also provide relief from migraines and support the adrenal glands. Another reason to make the change?

Better Taste

Table salt adds a salty sharpness to your dishes, but Pink Himalayan salt gives that subtle soft flavour, enhancing the taste of the dish. However, since most people are so used to that strong sharp taste of table salt, they may end up using more Pink Himalayan salt to arrive at the taste they have been accustomed to. This can be avoided. Trust me, it’s all a matter of habit and training your taste buds. Get used to the subtle taste of salt.

Special Notes

Fitness 

Athletes, sport-persons, people living in hot climates and all those who exercise a lot would do well to replace white, refined salt with Pink Himalayan salt. They sweat a lot and with that lose minerals. Processed salt as mentioned earlier cannot replenish the body with such minerals, only full spectrum salts can.

Food cravings

Making another case for Pink Himalyan salt. Have you had cravings for junk food and processed food, or even extra salt at the dining table while everyone else seems to be finding the dishes right ? Try using Pink Himalayan salt, the cravings may reduce, which are in reality – craving for full spectrum salt. Since your body lacks minerals, it sends wrong messages to your mind and you end up eating salty foods full of processed salts. Hence try to get full spectrum salt in your daily diet.

If you have high blood pressure, chuck processed salt out today and replace it with Pink Himalayan salt. Stop eating salty snacks like chips and canned soups. Fried salty chips are also big culprits in acidity issues – I have personally paid a hefty price for gorging on potato chips and it took me a good fifteen days to get rid of it. Soup cans are lined with BPA, another health hazard. Instead opt for homemade fruit smoothies and healthier snacks, remember to use full spectrum salts.

Additional health benefits of Pink Himalayan salt may include:

  • Regulation of water levels within the body for proper overall functioning
  • Helping reduce common signs of aging
  • Encouraging healthy blood sugar levels
  • Promoting cellular energy creation
  • Reducing cramping (like leg cramps)
  • Improving absorption of nutrients from foods
  • Aiding vascular health
  • Lowering the incidence of sinus problems and promoting overall sinus health
  • Providing circulatory support
  • Improving bone strength
  • Fostering a healthy libido
  • Promoting kidney and gallbladder health.

Beauty Aid

There is more to Pink Himalayan salt than just internal health. It is widely used in skin care products and makes an excellent bath salt. With its numerous skin nourishing minerals, bathing with Pink Himalayan salt is known to soothe aching muscles and stimulate healthy blood circulation. I am a fan of a natural skin care brand, Astrea that makes a body scrub called Himalayan Beauty, using the said salt.

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Himalayan Beauty body scrub from Astrea

Air Purifier

Have you seen Pink Himalayan salt lamps in your friends’ houses and wanted one? Pink Himalayan salt is known to possess air purifying properties through the power of hygroscopy  and that is why you saw them on their desks. Here is how : Salt as we all know attracts water vapour. It also attracts air pollutants. While water vapour evaporates due to the heat of the lamp, dust allergens remain trapped in the salt and you are spared of them.

Pink Himalayan salt lamp

And that kind of sums up the many benefits of Pink Himalayan salt. Dear readers, when you do make the change or if you are already using Pink Himalayan salt, please share your views and feedback in the comments. We can all benefit from each other.

This is an informative blog and neither diagnostic or prescriptive. 

Sources include :

  1. https://sites.google.com/site/healthpartisan/salt-alert—aluminium
  2. https://blog.paleohacks.com/himalayan-salt/#
  3. https://www.naturalnews.com/028724_Himalayan_salt_sea.html
  4. https://draxe.com/electrolyte-imbalance/
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygroscopy
  6. http://www.naturallivingideas.com/himalayan-pink-salt-lamp-benefits/
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Hand-carved Vintage Door, Indian Teak – Make Your Home Special With It

Doors and doorways have fascinated most of us at one time or the other – either for the sheer beauty of the door, or the interest to know what lies behind such a work of art. If the door is carved and splendid, the world beyond and within must be magical too! There goes the child in all of us, seeking a peek at the unknown!

Yes, doors have an aesthetic role in creating an impression of what lies beyond.

This happens to me when I travel and sit by the window of a car or a coach. As houses whip by, there are always a few that catch your attention with their magnificent entrance doors, and my imagination soars. There is immediately an attempt to visualise beautifully decorated, warm cozy living spaces within the house. Term it a pass time travel activity if you will, but it’s certainly conditioned by some visits to some pretty interiors within artistic doors.

The Sandalwood Room has one such antique, carved doorway that will lend beauty and grace to your home. An intricately carved frame and two alluring shutters.

The Carved Doorway

80 year old antique hand carved door ensemble in indian teak, the sandalwood room

A majestic hand-carved front door ensemble in Indian teak, probably 80 years old

A classic Indian vintage carved doorway in Indian teak wood, with two galloping horse busts, fixed on the top at either sides, giving it a regal touch. Through all cultures across the world, horses symbolise the epic power of mind, body and spirit to rise above the ordinary as also trusting relationships. Apt, isn’t it for the doorway then?

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Galloping horse bust holding up the hand carved header of the carved doorway

Exquisite carving on the door header that adds a beautiful ethnic dimension to the vintage doorway, and tells the story of expert craftsmen, who must have chipped and chiselled away to produce this intricate work of art. This beautifully carved door with its frame, shutters and other embellishments is probably 75-80 years old, and Andhra Pradesh a southern state of India could be its provenance.

intricately carved header of an 80 year old vintage doorway, the sandalwood room

Intricately carved header of the 80 year old carved doorway

Doorway: W 36″ H 72″ Outer frame: W 52″ H 98″

Double shutters in Indian teak, studded with brass knobs are a part of the vintage carved doorway. They can be fixed with the sturdy iron hinges provided at either sides. Wood scores the  most in terms of visual appeal as the surface material, and it adds an organic warmth. World’s best doors are made in wood I would think.

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Handcrafted Indian teak wood shutters with brass knobs and shooter bolt and handle

Details of the brass knobs, the brass shooter bolt and handle  are in the image below. Brass has been the preferred metal in decor for centuries, and continues to hold sway even today, due to its staying power. All it needs is a wipe of polish now and then and its ready to shine and glow. Most would be unaware that the beautiful brass signifies natural good in the world of metals. So yes, reason enough to be used in places of worship, again across most cultures of the world.

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Brass knobs, brass shooter bolt and handle on Indian teak wood shutters

The following images contain the specs and the prices.

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Doors as Entrances

Doors are most often symbolically linked with ritual purposes. Haven’t we all felt solemn receiving the keys to a new home or work place, as we step in with new energy and hope? A door is first and foremost an entrance on a literal level, leading us from there to the insides that either are our places of rest or work. Either way, a doorway has some kind of energy. Doors are also closely related to gates and thresholds. The three together create a welcoming portal and a passage, for they   share similar, symbolic features.

Doors make a statement.

Your front door is an introduction of sorts. Of your style and sensibilities. Of your warmth and energy. That is why, most people invest time and money on making a good front door and that done, a natural progression would be to make pleasing and cozy interiors. So, a good door is encouragement to making a pretty home within.

Mix-n-Match Tips

Just like in my earlier posts on home decor accessories the predominant theme has been mix-n-match, so does the vintage carved doorway with its components lend beautifully to the theme.

The gorgeous carved frame could be attached to a wall akin to a showpiece. Within it could be placed on the wall, several small to medium-sized wooden or metal handicrafts, like a collage. Or a statue of your choice giving it a stately look.

The two shutters could also be a showpiece on your wall, just fix them up with screws to give the appearance of a door leading to an inside. Let in a little wonderment!

The carved door is ready for pick up at The Sandalwood Room, Singapore. Contact Anjana@thesandalwoodroom.com or call them at 9786 5896.

The Sandalwood Room at Singapore has more on offer till the 10th Of February, as part of their exclusive home decor accessories sale.

  • Please drop in between 11 am and 8 pm Monday to Friday
  • 11 am to 2 pm on Saturdays

The Sandalwood Room on Tras Street, close to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore is an exclusive boutique with gifts and collectibles, ethnic fashion, jewelry, home decor and art, an eclectic mix of merchandise and an art gallery that hosts periodic exhibitions by international artists.For those with a penchant for contemporary arts and traditional crafts…this is the place to be!

  • If you have liked any of the above products, click here to explore more.
  • Payments can be made through PayPal, bank transfers and cheques (delivery subject to realisation)
  • All products subject to availability.
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Address:

The Sandalwood Room, 78 Tras Street, Singapore 079017

Phone : +65 6221 2654 / +65 9786 5896

Email: thesandalwoodroom@gmail.com

Website: http://www.thesandalwoodroom.com

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Rugs : Add Layers Of New Looks To Your Rooms As Often As You Please

The Rug : A Versatile Home Decor Accessory

The right rug is a home décor accessory like no other. It can make a room look cozy and intimate or give it a dramatic lift. Expecting guests; rushed for time, but you are rearing to give your living room a different look ?  Just throw a floor rug in the entertaining space and you are done. Now go, shower, dress up and you are ready to show off your pretty den.

The art is in choosing the right rug though. The Sandalwood Room has some very pretty and irresistible rugs on sale. Handmade, like everything else in the boutique-store. These rugs are incredibly durable and easy-care ones and are hand knotted, making them that much more exclusive and exotic. It takes several days for a weaver to complete one small rug – truly only a passionate weaver can bring out this work of art. I was amazed to read the details that go into producing hand-knotted rugs , you will value the rugs too, even higher after you read the story of the labour behind it. Click on the link provided above, you will find care instructions too.

The Classic Look

Can you resist this bright and beautiful one? Just right if your interiors and furnishings are in pastels – this rug with tribal patterns hand-woven will brighten up your room instantly.

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Hand knotted rug with a classical touch

Size : 5 X 3 (ft) ; Price : 70 SGD

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Hand knotted rug, rolled up

You could probably mix and match the home decor accessories below on a fine teak wood side table to give your room a colour-coordinated look.

Rugs or dhurries as they are also called are an essential layer of home decor accessories. Carpeting is boring, rugs are exciting, for they are versatile. It’s like you wave a magic wand and your room gets a new look. Move rugs from one room to the other and keep redesigning your spaces with as little as few square feet!

The Subtle Look

Now for a neutral base. When you have a colourful space, this rug is sure to bring in a subtlety and style with its run of traditional motifs on a light toned base colour.

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Hand knotted rug in a neutral tone

Size : 6 x 4 (ft) ; Price : 80 SGD

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Beautiful hand knotted rug in a neutral base , rolled up

A few suggestions from the wide range of table napkins at The Sandalwood Room to go with the neutral tone.

The Traditional Look

Traditional motifs like Ikat seem to be a big hit with rugs, so are geometric patterns. Modern interior designing is so much about fusion. Contemporary colour palettes have made it easier to mix and match, be it personal attire or home designs. With colours of spring, this rug is a cheer-me-up kind. If you have a sitting arrangement in your patio, spread this sprightly rug out for a closer to nature feel.

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Hand knotted rug in colours of spring

Size : 4 x 3 (ft) ; Price : 60 SGD

Hand knotted rug in colours of spring rolled up, the sandalwood room

Hand knotted rug in colours of spring, rolled up

Tea-cups and saucers to suit the outdoor, garden mood.

The Cottage/Country Look

A rug for a room with cottage or country decor style. Compliment it with folk art hangings, pottery and crockery, if serving your guests hot piping coffee or tea and snacks.

Hand knotted rug for a cottage look, the sandalwood room

Hand knotted rug for a cottage look

Size : 6 x 4 ; Price : 80 SGD

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Hand knotted rug for a cottage look

Some accessories to go with the country or cottage look. The ceramic pottery, the box lamp with laser cut copper filigree inlay and transom like glass and Palmyra leaf basket for your fruits or other knick-knacks.

The Versatile Look

This rug maybe for your bedroom, where there is less traffic – it can add an impact. The three-tone rug makes it so simple to match your bed linen and cushions with it. Place it so that the longest side is perpendicular to the bed.

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Hand knotted rug with tribal patterns

Size : 5 x 3 (ft) ; Price : 70 SGD

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Hand knotted rug for a cottage look

A bedside table is an absolute essential for any bedroom. You could use the pretty ceramic round box to keep safe your little jewellery as you get ready for bed. A scented candle of course to create a soft romantic mood as you wind down for the day.

The Ethnic Look

An all out ethnic look with a combination of motifs. It’s the predominant green base that probably lends the rug its ethnic look.

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Hand knotted multi colour rug for an ethnic look

Size : 6 x 4 (ft) ; Price : 80 SGD

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Hand knotted multi-coloured rug for an ethnic look, rolled up

Match the ethnic look with these bright home decor accessories, a cutlery box, a tissue box and an ornate multi-purpose box.

Reed Mat

Here is another interesting accessory, not a rug, but a beautiful hand-woven reed mat. Reed mats are made of plaited reed and can be found in abundance in India and Thailand. They help keep cool and when the sun is at his hottest, people in India and Thailand use them for resting in the afternoons. Its hard work plaiting these mats and the artisans amaze you with their intricacy, so much so that they can, from a distance be mistaken for finely woven fabrics. Credit to the artisans that the reed mats last and last.

Size : 6 x 3 (ft) ; Price : 160 SGD

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Handwoven reed mat

Tips On How Best To Place Rugs :

  • Perfect placement is as important as the rug itself.
  • Measure the room’s dimensions.
  • Leave at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed on all sides of the rug for best results.
  • In smaller rooms, place it to cover just the center of the room. Accessorise it with a coffee table and seating at the perimeter of the rug.
  • In a dining room, the rug must allow at least 24 inches of clearance around the table. All four legs of all the chairs can then be securely placed on the rug, even when pulled out.
  • A round rug can still provide ample working around space for a square table provided it is large enough.
  • In a bedroom, place the rug as to extend beyond the foot of the bed and not merely outline it.
  • It is best to use rug pads wherever possible to avoid slipping and sliding and to minimise wear and tear.

The Sandalwood Room at Singapore has all these and more on offer till the 10th Of February, as part of their exclusive home decor accessories sale.

  • Please drop in between 11 am and 8 pm Monday to Friday
  • 11 am to 2 pm on Saturdays (Closed for Chinese New Year on Saturday the 28th) 

The Sandalwood Room on Tras Street, close to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore is an exclusive boutique with gifts and collectibles, ethnic fashion, jewelry, home decor and art, an eclectic mix of merchandise and an art gallery that hosts periodic exhibitions by international artists.For those with a penchant for contemporary arts and traditional crafts…this is the place to be!

  • If you have liked any of the above products, click here to explore more.
  • Payments can be made through PayPal, bank transfers and cheques (delivery subject to realisation)
  • All products subject to availability.
  • Give them a Facebook like here.

Address:

The Sandalwood Room, 78 Tras Street, Singapore 079017

Phone : +65 6221 2654 / +65 9786 5896

Email: thesandalwoodroom@gmail.com

Website: http://www.thesandalwoodroom.com

Get Creative With These Home Decor Accessories – Mix n Match

New and different looks is the order of the day. We all (most of us!)want to stand out, make style statements and shine forth uniqueness in almost everything we do. It’s not as easy though – it asks for investments in time and money and aren’t we all rushed and pushed for the two?

Getting a new look with different styles in attire is quite superficial – that’s only a quarter of the battle won. It does not do much to the face which is what draws peoples’ attention and retains it, much after the colour and glamour of the clothes, or jewellery you wear, wears off. Hair can do that magic, for it instantly adds to the beauty of your face and so, rightly termed the ‘crowning glory’. I liken home decor accessories to hair. Just like different hair-dos fetch you different looks every time and add a certain newness to your style, so do home decor accessories. We cannot change the interiors of our homes, or the furnishings as often as we would like to, but we can certainly get creative and add accessories, to spruce up our homes in a way that even the cognoscenti would take note of.

Some creative ideas from The Sandalwood Room – small changes and additions to your walls and corner-spaces that will at once add colour and vibrancy to the spaces.

Decorative Hangings

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Custom designed decorative hangings with detachable accessories

Whats special about these ? They can be custom designed. Each accessory, if you notice, is linked to the other by metal chains with hooks that can be attached, or detached. The pretty and colourful boxes in the decorative hangings double up as lamp shades, when used independently. Just detach them and place them on your beside table, in your study, or the living room for that warm, diffused glow. It lit up the worship area of a friend’s house ever so subtly, I had never thought of that!! So, play around with the cane and metal mesh balls, the stuffed toys or anything else you wish to add to the decorative hangings. Isn’t it a lot of fun getting creative, specially if we could mix and match? The pride we all take in such creations is priceless.

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Decorative hangings with detachable accessories

A gallery of the detachable accessories of the decorative hangings.

The hanging box lamps are pieces of art themselves – wooden frames with fabric, glass and copper inlays. The coloured glass used in some is reminiscent of the transoms and the room dividers in the pre-50 era across almost all cultures of the world. So if you are one those who love that look, these are perfect for you. The fabrics used in some others are either silk or silk-cotton, both hand-woven, lending them a rich look. The patterned sides like the one you see below, are made of laser cut copper filigree. An amalgamation of the old and new – traditional materials and craft, yet harnessing the very modern process of laser cutting.

And now for the solo lamp shade, this is how pretty it can look. Check out the second image below for descriptions and prices.

Decorative lamp with glass and laser cut copper filigree inlay, the sandalwood room

Decorative lamp with glass and laser cut copper filigree inlay

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Custom designed lamp shades in two sizes

Customising is also applying the multi-purpose benefits of an item, just like we did above. Here is another of that genre.

The Rope Trunk

Bright and beautiful rope trunk, handwoven, with storage, the sandalwood room

Bright and beautiful rope trunk, handwoven, with storage

This burst of pink and red in the rope trunk stole my heart, an instant perk-me-up accessory. Hand-woven and handcrafted home decor accessories are always a huge draw in today’s times, so just the right one for fine taste, for getting creative. The Sandalwood Room displays here, how the rope trunk could be utilised to store your cushions, quilts or just about anything, while adorning a cozy corner.

Decorative Mirrors

In keeping with the multi-purpose theme, getting creative and customisation, find below two mirrors that do precisely that. Before we go on to the pictures, a little dwelling upon on why we have all, without an exception come to love mirrors ; I cannot envisage a room without a mirror! TBT to an older post I wrote a while ago and here is the link Mirror musings , the Illusionist , the Therapist. Mirrors are space enhancers, reflect light and sound. Take away the mirror from a room to see how bare the space appears. Mirrors even heal and elevate moods – they are used in physiotherapy too. If you wish to know more, you could read about it in my post (link above).

Long wall mirror with decorative frame and hand block print blocks inlaid, the sandalwood room

Long wall mirror with decorative frame and hand block print blocks inlaid

In the meantime, check out this beautifully framed mirror, inlaid with hand-block print blocks. Hand block printing is an ancient Indian art form that uses a hand carved teak wood block, dipped in dye and stamped by hand on cotton or silk. The design for the block is typically a traditional Indian motif. The motif is traced on  a block by a master craftsman who then chips away at the block to create a stamp. But here, the inlaid blocks are used to render the frame ethnic. The beautiful mirror reflects in turn home decor accessories at the store. And here are the specs.

Long wall mirror with decorative frame and hand block print blocks inlaid, the sandalwood room

Long wall mirror with decorative frame and hand block print blocks inlaid

A peek at the hand block print blocks.

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Hand block print blocks inlaid in mirror frame

Another mirror to do the magic, to your walls and to you. This is contemporary carving in wood and painted with a distress finish. So, all you distress finish enthusiasts, jot in on your list.

Wall mounted oval mirror with a distress finish

Wall mounted oval mirror with a distress finish

Decorative Wall Hanging

Intricately carved, this decorative wall hanging is purely an indoor home decor accessory. It combines the rustic with the artistic. Gift this to a dear one and you will be remembered fondly for gifting them art.

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Carved wall hanging

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Carved wall hanging

The Sandalwood Room at Singapore has all these and more on offer till the 10th Of February, as part of their exclusive home decor accessories sale.

  • Please drop in between 11 am and 8 pm Monday to Friday
  • 11 am to 2 pm on Saturdays (Closed for Chinese New Year on Saturday the 28th) 

The Sandalwood Room on Tras Street, close to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore is an exclusive boutique with gifts and collectibles, ethnic fashion, jewelry, home decor and art, an eclectic mix of merchandise and an art gallery that hosts periodic exhibitions by international artists.For those with a penchant for contemporary arts and traditional crafts…this is the place to be!

  • If you have liked any of the above products, click here to explore more.
  • Payments can be made through PayPal, bank transfers and cheques (delivery subject to realisation)
  • All products subject to availability.
  • Give them a Facebook like here.

Address:

The Sandalwood Room, 78 Tras Street, Singapore 079017

Phone : +65 6221 2654 / +65 9786 5896

Email: thesandalwoodroom@gmail.com

Website: http://www.thesandalwoodroom.com

Singapore : Handmade Furniture Sale At The Sandalwood Room For A Unique Look

What is a new year all about without a few additions to life, a few new resolutions, learning a few new skills, stepping ahead to take on new challenges? Dress differently, eat healthy, exercise more, give ourselves and our homes a new makeover.

At The Sandalwood Room , is a selection of some very lovely furniture and home décor accessories to spruce up your homes with, in preparation for Spring.  At prices you would have never dreamt of, the handmade furniture sale at the lifestyle boutique has on offer, exclusive handmade seats and tables and lots more. We will bring you different categories like bookshelves, mirrors, cubbies, table lamps, swings and decorative hangings in the next blog post, hold on!

The Love Seat

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Love seat made out of Indian wood

Love seat as it is called, a perfect buy with Valentine’s celebration round the corner. Perhaps an ideal gift for love-birds with marriage on the cards. Just so perfect to sit together sipping wine and gazing onto the ocean or overlooking the mountains from a balcony ! This lovely piece of furniture could just fit into a cozy alcove or a bay-window too.

Tempted to post a bit of trivia on love seats. A love seat is typically a sofa or couch designed for seating two persons (lovelocked maybe) is what we all understand, right? But history tells us that the first love seats, dating back to as early as the 1800s in the US and the UK were not intended to aid courtship between lovers, but more to provide a seat that would accommodate the large ladies’ dresses of that age!!

Quite understandable. But since then, love seats have had to, like everything else, adapt to contemporary needs. Gone are all those love seats weighing tons, giving way to petite, compact couches to fit any home, style and budget.

The Classic Bench

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Indian rosewood classic bench, preloved

Indian rosewood is widely used in furniture due to its durability and easy maintenance. Lends itself well to fine polishing.

Add that ethnic touch to your living spaces with this beautiful handmade classic bench, a furniture collector’s pride. With a straight and hard backrest, this preloved bench could turn out to be the preferred seat with your guests. A lot of people now posture conscious, are choosing appropriate seats, even in restaurants. No more slouchy-sinking-into seats!

Chairs 

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Distress finish and natural finish chairs

Lawn and garden ambience is what comes to mind when you see these chairs. Patios and study rooms could do well with these preloved chairs too.  I must recount here, being a theatre enthusiast, the extensive use of such chairs at play readings, rehearsals and book launches. They probably give a certain air of authenticity and charm to such occasions.

Handcrafted from Indonesian teak wood, they come in natural and distress finish. Whats so welcoming about anything in teak wood is that it is resistant to all types of weather, decay and insects. And the beauty of it lies in the oil content in its heartwood that gives teak its gleam.

The Barstool

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Distress finish barstools

Made out of Indonesian teak with a distress finish for a rustic look, these preloved bar stools make a statement. Set up a cozy little bar in a quiet private area of your house for just the two of you, or place them in the kitchen around your high coffee table, or make them a part of assorted seating at the big bar where you entertain guests. And play some country music to set the mood!

The Seat Trunk

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Handmade seat trunk patterned in indigo

Here now, we have seating of a different kind. A seat trunk. Trendy, grungy, contemporary, yet classic the description says. Add to that the utility of storage – your spare cushions, bed and table linen or even your clothes can be neatly tucked into inside the seat trunk or the trunk seat ! Another one for those who love the classic, vintage look.

Side Table

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Ethnic carved side table

This carved side table fit to be proudly displayed in any part of the house with its beautiful and intricate carving on all its four sides. Just make sure you don’t let it stain, its too pretty to be tarnished in any way. No furniture in any part of the world is complete without carving, if it has to get the ethnic look.

The Coffee Table

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Green marble topped coffee table

Place this preloved green marble-topped coffee table in your garden, patio, balcony, living room or any space that you wish to lend an ethnic or classical touch and display your refined taste. The marble top serving its purpose well even if beverages spill over sometimes. There is something very cooling and soothing about marble even when you set eyes on it, let alone its touch and feel? Little wonder then that it has remained the favourite medium for Greek and Roman sculptors and architects. It is loved across the globe and has become a cultural symbol of tradition, making it a preferred decorative material.

Another coffee table in wood, Indian teak with a natural teak finish. The delicately carved tabletop with its vintage touch is sure to catch the connoisseur’s eye.

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Classic look wooden round coffee table

Make it your bedside coffee table or let it stand elegantly in your study. You would think I am obsessed with study rooms, yes I am. They are perfect havens to be by yourself, with yourself – replete with books, music and your desk-top. A cup of well-brewed coffee and some cookies on the coffee table would complete the picture.

The Sandalwood Room at Singapore has all these and more on offer till the end of January, as part of their exclusive furniture sale.

  • Please drop in between 11 am and 8 pm Monday to Friday
  • 11 am to 2 pm on Saturdays (Closed for Chinese New Year on Saturday the 28th) 

The Sandalwood Room on Tras Street, close to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore is an exclusive boutique with gifts and collectibles, ethnic fashion, jewelry, home decor and art, an eclectic mix of merchandise and an art gallery that hosts periodic exhibitions by international artists.For those with a penchant for contemporary arts and traditional crafts…this is the place to be!

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The Sandalwood Room, 78 Tras Street, Singapore 079017

Phone : +65 6221 2654 / +65 9786 5896

Email: thesandalwoodroom@gmail.com

Website: http://www.thesandalwoodroom.com

Use Ishika Tableware Differently As Home Decor Pieces

Crockery and tableware is no more just about serving food. It’s about fine taste and your style statement. Just like our persona shines through the apparel we wear and the accessories we carry.

Laying out lovely tableware and dinnerware is also a way of making your guests feel special. Hasn’t your dining experience been enhanced with good dinnerware and crockery? Fine dining is also about what you eat out of, right?

Tableware is being so  elevated today that celebrity chefs and designers across the world are either coming out with their own line or are lending their names to some very exotic ranges. Nigella Lawson, Kylie Kwong and James Oliver work at theirs passionately. Manish Arora back in India has created a stunning range with his trademark bright colours and kitschy look.

The Sandalwood Room in Singapore has always had an eye for all things handmade and exclusive. The Ishika tableware on their shelves was very tempting to write about. The staff at the boutique tells me that many of their customers use these exquisite ceramicware beauties differently – to adorn their coffee tables or patios. Lets see what more we can do with them. Christmas is approaching and these could be good gift ideas.

Oval plates that you could serve cakes and sweets in, or let assorted fruits sit pretty in the white of the plate. Or just place them strategically against the wall for adornment. Ethnic and adding vibrancy to pastel walls – so in sync with Singapore homes.

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A stunning Ishika oval plate with floral motifs in gold on green

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Elegant and pretty Ishika oval plate with floral filigree motifs in gold on turquoise blue

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A collector’s item, Ishika oval plate with herb and floral motifs and playful elephants copper and gold

Ishika is a word derived from Sanskrit and  literally translates as “painter’s brush”. The motifs vouch for it, I would say – elegant and delicate. Tableware that is truly unique for discerning customers.

Round plates that come in handy to serve just about anything during festive times, or again to embellish the walls. The use of intricate patterns and elephant motifs in copper, gold and platinum etch the regal look, while the garden theme in the second image makes it light and breezy.
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The sprightly ones below are actually saucers, you can see the depression in the centre to place the cup, but The Sandalwood Room customers think that the motifs are too pretty to be hidden underneath cups! Hence the cup stands independent of its partner, as a pen holder. Some others tell me they used the cups to hold stirrers and the like. The saucers double up as wall plates once again amidst floral arrangements. How I wish I could visit their homes and take pictures!

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Whimsical patterns and motifs along with unique colour combinations give Ishika tableware that touch of drama, making it even contemporary. It is heartening that Ishika ceramicware measures up to international standards of low lead release.

So here are the stand-alone cups. Try placing them on a high mantel-piece for decoration or use them as holders.

A peek at the cup and the saucer ensembles. Irresistible! Drinking tea out of these cups must feel special!

Floral and herb motifs seem to be prominent and the designer’s favourite too. The use of traditional Indian designs is unmistakable in the gold, platinum and copper plated work adding elegance to the tableware.

These days crockery seems to have become the rage for gifting options, be it quarter plates, serving bowls or dessert bowls. Not just because they do not cost as much as gold and silver, but its simply due to the sheer beauty and the utility value that they stand out. Add to that a flexible budget. So then, crockery is not just a style statement, but is getting to be a collectible. Collectibles that can be found at The Sandalwood Room.

The Sandalwood Room on Tras Street, close to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore is an exclusive boutique with gifts and collectibles, ethnic fashion, jewelry, home decor and art, an eclectic mix of merchandise and an art gallery that hosts periodic exhibitions by international artists.For those with a penchant for contemporary arts and traditional crafts…this is the place to be!

  • If you have liked any of the above products, click here to explore more and if you wish to place an order email them and The Sandalwood Room will be happy to courier your order to you.
  • Price on request. Email them at the ID below.
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New Address:

The Sandalwood Room, 78 Tras Street, Singapore 079017

Phone : +65 6221 2654 / +65 9786 5896

Email: thesandalwoodroom@gmail.com

Website: http://www.thesandalwoodroom.com

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Handmade Dinner Napkins And Table Mats – Add A Vibrant Touch To Your Dining Table

Much ado about dining table etiquette and decoration is sometimes frowned upon by a few, but they do invariably fall in line when their dining experience is enhanced by the pleasantness of it all. Some even have a fetish for dinner table accessories and find it hard to resist shopping for them. This post on dinner napkins is for them and for those that have such inclinations, albeit mild.

The Sandalwood Room has some pretty handmade dinner napkins from Anokhi that will enchant your guests. Placing attractive and exclusive table linen when you have guests certainly makes them and the occasion feel special. Take a look at their collection, pick your choice and amaze your guests.

While these irresistible dinner napkins look pretty folded into a simple square, would you like to better them? Click here to check out a few tips and techniques on ways to fold them for a better appeal, the folds have interesting names. A few images as a sampler, the Diamond fold, the Cone fold and the French fold.

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Image Courtesy : napkinfoldingguide.com

And now watch this quick, simple method to fold your classic white napkin…..

Some of these may not lend well to decorative folding due to their designs, just plain-fold them and they are good to go. The vibrant colours, stripes and motifs will anyway steal hearts.

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Nevertheless, an attempt to fold an Anokhi handmade napkin into a Crown fold

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A folded Anokhi print handmade dinner napkin

Table mats would be a natural progression from dinner napkins, talking of accessorizing dining spaces and The Sandalwood Room has on display an array of both, dinner napkins and table mats from Anokhi to brighten up the dining zone.  A nice way to perk up your moods too just in case the monsoons are forcing you to stay indoors.

The Sandalwood Room on Tras Street, close to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore is an exclusive boutique with gifts and collectibles, ethnic fashion, jewelry, home decor and art, an eclectic mix of merchandise and an art gallery that hosts periodic exhibitions by international artists.For those with a penchant for contemporary arts and traditional crafts…this is the place to be!

  • If you have liked any of the above products, click here to explore more and if you wish to place an order email them and The Sandalwood Room will be happy to courier your order to you.
  • Price on request. Email them at the ID below.
  • Payments are routed through PayPal.
  • All products subject to availability.
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New Address:

The Sandalwood Room, 78 Tras Street, Singapore 079017

Phone : +65 6221 2654 / +65 9786 5896

Email: thesandalwoodroom@gmail.com

Website: http://www.thesandalwoodroom.com

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Of Earrings And Finger Rings, Limited Edition Handcrafted Jewellery From Sitaram Jewels

Have you noticed how Limited Editions are swished out with much aplomb be it books, apparel, jewellery, furnishings or even alcohol? Coveted and rare, why not? They deserve a special place, their acquisition and possession gives us a high. The Sandalwood Room takes equal pride in displaying handcrafted precious jewellery from Sitaram Jewels at their boutique store in Singapore. Jewellery that is elegant and contemporary, aimed to appeal to  the fashion conscious divas of Singapore.

A pair of exclusive Amethyst hoops style earrings from Sitaram Jewels. Amethyst the protective stone with a sobering and cleansing effect and in the world of gemstones it is known as the seductive stone for its unique colour.

Every piece of jewelry at Sitaram Jewels is unique and one of its kind, hence would qualify for limited edition at all times. In conversation with Lalit Palsani of Sitaram Jewels and Jayashree Mani of The Sandalwood Room, here is why the jewellery of the reputed traditional jewellers of Chennai stands out.

This pair of Beer Quartz and White Diamond hoop earrings pay a delightful tribute to the most lovely of beverages – beer. Elegant, stylish, classy and different!  Beer Quartz is a type of quartz that has a rich golden hue that is reminiscent of the classic beer.  A bit darker and deeper golden hue than that found in Citrine, Beer Quartz is a wonderful semi precious gemstone that complements most skin tones.

Sitaram Jewels begin by choosing a natural gemstone for its beauty and brilliance. But its the cuts that their expert artisans give the stone without altering its basic shape that brings out the beauty of the gemstone. With the gemstone now ready, the designs are built around it. A clear departure from the practice of many jewellers that fit gemstones into the designs. You see now why their jewellery cannot be replicated and is limited edition?

So what do you do when you get requests from customers to replicate jewellery that they have liked on their friend’s fingers or necks, we ask Lalit. He smiles and says, “well, it can get as close to the original as possible, but never the same”! Precisely why celebrities prefer to buy coloured diamonds like Coffee DiamondsTM from us, he says, for their attributes of being rare and unique.

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Coffee diamonds and white diamonds in 18k gold

Coffee DiamondTM jewellery from an earlier post.

These coffee diamonds are sourced from Australia the land that yields the best fancy coloured diamonds.

At Sitaram Jewels, a lot of R&D in jewellery has led to new ideas in the settings that encase the precious gemstones to bring out the best in them. The invisible setting and the no-claw setting have soared in popularity, Lalit tells us and since Sitaram Jewels is a trusted name built over years, their customers are willing to take the jewellers’ suggestions and they invariable come back for more, bringing with them family and friends.

A special mention of the rose gold ring below with a circular surface that makes a statement. Round, marquise, princess and pear-shaped Coffee DiamondsTM adorn the ring.

The Sandalwood Room has created a look book with some of their unique pieces in Citrine and Beer Quartz stunners and as Jayashree Mani would put it, ‘a thing of beauty speaks to you and lets you pick it up to make it yours’.

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Jewellery look book with citrine, beer quart gemstones and white diamonds

Clearly, the always limited edition of Sitaram Jewels jewellery is handcrafted for those that look for minute traces of beauty and exclusivity. Lalit Palsani says they are glad they partnered with The Sandalwood Room with its penchant for everything organic, natural and handmade. It gladdened him even more to see that every shelf of the lifestyle boutique store is filled with products that encourage traditional craft and artisans. Jayashree Mani at that point pitches in telling us that their tagline is ‘Contemporary Design Traditional Craft’. I guess that says it all.

The previous blog post had featured neck-chains and bracelets in “Colours Of Spring” again some master pieces from Sitaram Jewels.

The Sandalwood Room on Tras Street, close to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore is an exclusive boutique with gifts and collectibles, ethnic fashion, jewelry, home decor and art, an eclectic mix of merchandise and an art gallery that hosts periodic exhibitions by international artists. For those with a penchant for contemporary arts, traditional crafts and fine taste…this is the place to be !

If you have liked any of the above products, click here to explore more and if you wish to place an order email them and The Sandalwood Room will be happy to courier your order to you.

  • Price on request. Email them at the ID below
  • Payments are routed through PayPal
  • All products subject to availability.
  • Give them a Facebook like here

New Address :

The Sandalwood Room, 78 Tras Street, Singapore 079017

Phone : +65 6221 2654 / +65 9786 5896

Email: thesandalwoodroom@gmail.com

Website : The Sandalwood Room

Facebook : Visit The Sandalwood Room

You Can Lose Weight From Drinking Water The Right Way

The title is not a gimmick to catch your attention, but the gyan comes from Ayurveda and nutritionists.

We all are aware that our bodies need hydration on a regular basis, everyday. Did you know that most bodies lose 100 ml of water per hour as a natural course? More loss of water then again due to exercising and excessive sweating if you live in hot, humid climates. Replenishing the lost fluids is a must if dehydration is not to set in, but let us see how to make the best out of drinking water at the right time.

Chanakya, a superb economist and a philosopher that India produced 2300 years ago also touched upon physical well-being in his works. He had this to say of water “When water is consumed half an hour before eating a meal, it is like holy nectar. When one drinks water during a meal, it works more like medicine. But drink it immediately after the meal and it works like poison”. There is much medical foresight in his words.

If you are one of those that drink water soon after the meal even before you wash or wipe your hands, time to take a re-look at the practice or rather give it up completely. Find it hard to give up the habit? You may not think so after we tell you the why and how to drink water at the right time the right way. In fact, with proper hydration habits, you may not really find it a necessity to drink water after a meal. Believe me, it’s just a habit.

Research has long-established these facts :

  • Ingesting water soon after a meal leads to the dilution of gastric juices, thereby interfering with proper digestion.
  • In addition, it puts pressure on the liver and pancreas to secrete more enzymes.
  • When we disturb the digestion process, the nutrients are not sufficiently absorbed by the body, cravings set in and we tend to eat wrong.

It’s a vicious circle, so lets move away and form good water drinking habits, especially if you are aiming at losing weight.

The benefits of drinking water 20-30 minutes before a meal :

  • It prepares the stomach to receive food.
  • It activates the digestive enzymes.
  • It helps produce ample saliva.
  • It aids in better and faster digestion.

If you drink water during a meal, it does no harm nor does it offer any benefit. It merely liquefies your meal.

The ill-effects of drinking water soon after a meal :

  • Your body is in the process of breaking down chunks of your solid meal.
  • Drinking water immediately dilutes the digestive enzymes.
  • The body has to work harder and longer to digest the food.

Do you know what happens to your body metabolism with improper digestion? It goes for a toss and with metabolism slowing down, little help with weight management and optimum health. And do not forget to watch your moods at such times, they can swing!

Good Water Habit Tips

ONE GLASS ON WAKING UP

  • Will do you a world of good.
  • It hydrates and rids your circulatory system of stubborn free radicals and residue from burned calories during the night.
A GLASS OF WATER 30 MINS BEFORE A MEAL
  • Makes you feel fuller with zero calories and keeps calorie intake in check.
  • Water wakes up the taste buds and moisturizes the stomach lining, clears leftover tastes from earlier meal.
DRINK WATER 1 HOUR AFTER LUNCH
  • A glass of water one hour after lunch will allow the nutrients to get better absorbed by the body.
DRINK WATER WHEN YOU FEEL HUNGRY
  • Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger pangs in between meals.
  • Drink a glass of water, you could be dehydrated. If hunger stops, you know what it is.
DRINK WATER BEFORE AND AFTER A WORKOUT
  • Protects you against dehydration during and after workout from lost fluids.
  • But avoid drinking immediately after workout, your stomach may cramp. Just a few seconds gap will help.
DRINK WATER BEFORE A BATH
  • A glass of water before a bath will help keep the blood pressure under control.
ONE HOUR AFTER DINNER
  • A glass of water one hour after dinner and before bedtime will replenish any fluid loss during the night and aid in cell renewal process during sleep.

Nutritionist  and weight management consultant Kavita Devgan‘s take on Hydration and Weight Loss : Both are strongly connected. A given that water helps speed up metabolism and dehydration slows it down. Here goes how : Kidneys that are responsible for chucking out waste from the body do not get their supply of water when dehydrated. Liver then becomes the standby taking over the kidney’s job, in the process doing less of its own. Hence it metabolizes less fat hampering weight loss or even maintenance! You really can lose weight from drinking water the right way.

Kavita Devgan gives tips on ways to incorporate the required amount of water in your diet if you are one those that cannot stomach plain water every time.

  • Drink water as it is
  • Sip it in the form of tea, coffee (limited of course), green tea or other herbal teas
  • Eat water by consuming foods with a high water content in them like watermelon, muskmelon, papaya, pineapples, apples and veggies like cucumber, lettuce, tomato, broccoli, carrots etc in your daily diet.

She advocates consuming water through foods as much as possible, since water absorbed through foods remains longer in our stomach. But the ideal way would be to combine all the three.

Drinking water mindfully is half the wellness work done. Inculcate right water drinking habits from childhood amongst the kids around you. Change your own if you are not already into it. Spread the word to the elderly even, it will do them a world of good.

Herbal Aromatic Teas For Wellness And Rejuvenation

I am both a tea addict and a coffee addict. The time of the day or the mood sometimes dictates which addiction I lean towards. For some like me, the veritable wakeup is triggered by an authentic tea traditionally brewed the Indian way. Coffee during work time and green tea at tea-time. There are few that do not relish the two beverages, do you think they are missing out on something in life?

Any writeup on tea is incomplete without a mention of the Indian ‘masala chai’. Dear tourists, if you want to discover India, then travel by road as much as you can and do not forget to drink ‘masala chai’ every now and then. I call it the travel elixir! Ok, so what is masala chai? Its tea leaves brewed to perfection while adding certain aromatic Indian spices and herbs like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, ground cloves and black peppercorns in small proportions. Trust me, masala chai can be very soothing and blissful! It’s a tad time-consuming preparation if it has to be brewed the traditional way though.

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Masala Chai. Image courtesy : dishmaps.com

Hence let me take you through some Indian teas that come close to the joy of masala chai while being easy to brew and quicker. As I sip on some of them, lets see what The Sandalwood Room has to offer for the tea-loving people of Singapore. Indian teas are loved the world over for their powers of rejuvenating and energizing, and rightfully so.

Before we head to the experience of tea, some trivia about Indian teas.

India is the second largest producer of tea in the world after China and according to some reports, consumes nearly 30 percent of the global output! But, despite the consumption, India is also the largest exporter of tea after China and that’s evident from the many global tea brands that the Indian tea industry has grown to own, harnessing the best technology to reach there. There is this Tea Board of India that monitors tea production, certification, exportation and all other aspects of the tea trade, thereby giving the best of their teas to the world.

Sample of Nilgiri tea estates

A sample of the tea estates in India

And then there are these herbal teas based on the practice of Ayurveda. Certain Indian plants and spices offer amazing medicinal properties that heal and cure many ailments, some minor and some others not so minor. Holy Basil (Tulsi), Cardamom (Elaichi), Pepper (Kaali Mirch), Liquorice (Mulethi), Mint (Pudina) are some of them. I am tempted to  post a tea quote from the Japanese scholar, Kakuzo Okakura from his Book Of Tea

Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage“.

True that. Indian kitchens have long utilized these herbal teas as home remedies, the knowledge of our grandmothers has always worked. With advanced technology, the herbal teas are now being made available for mass consumption without compromising on their efficacy.

The No 3 Clive Road range at The Sandalwood Room

Malabar Blend

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Malabar Blend tea, a breezy coastal blend

The tea leaves from the southern gardens of Nilgiris when brewed produce a distinct dark coloured tea with an intense aromatic flavour. Cultivated at elevations ranging from 1000 to 2500 metres, the weather imparts the Nilgiri teas with a characteristic briskness, exceptional flavour and an exquisite aroma. Earthy notes complimented by the sweet-scented vanilla which is a native crop of islands lying close to Malabar in the Indian Ocean.  Sipping on this sweet cup of Malabar blend, I must say I got transported to a world of a feeling of all-is-well types. Some teas have that effect. Here is how to make it :

SUGGESTIONS FOR SERVING

– Add 1 teaspoon to boiling water for 2 cups of tea
– Brew for 2-3 minutes
– Add a touch of honey to taste

Tip : Pairing Malabar Blend with tangy lemon cakes comes highly recommended.

Kashmiri Kahwa

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Kashmiri Kahwa, an exotic tea from the tea gardens of Kashmir

This could be on the lines of masala chai I wrote about in the beginning. Justly so coming from Kashmir which is the confluence of tastes and cultures being on the Silk Road. A sweetened tea made from Kashmiri green tea, cardamom, rose petals and precious saffron strands and brewed in a samovar or copper kettle heated by charcoal and served with slivered roasted almonds. Is this why Kashmir was called paradise on earth by the sufi saints? The aromatic brew, Sufi mysticism and the beautiful landscape of Kashmir coupled with some great weather, sounds surreal.

SUGGESTIONS FOR SERVING

– Add 1 teaspoon to boiling water for 2 cups of tea
– Brew for 2 minutes
– Add honey to taste, garnish with slivered almonds

Tip : Pair Kashmiri Kahwa with delicate fennel & almond biscuits.

Diwali Blend Limited Edition 

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Diwali Blend tea with Basil (tulsi) in it

Diwali, like Christmas has become an universal festival, a festival of lights, of celebrating good over evil. This blend of tea pays tribute to Goddess Lakshmi, the Indian deity for wealth and prosperity and celebrates the essence of Diwali. Green tea plucked from the lush hills of Himachal Pradesh and combined with Basil (Tulsi), the sacred plant of the land that is India, Diwali Blend has been curated specially for the festive season it appears. Basil (Tulsi) has digestive properties and Diwali is a feast for the palate too. You see the connection? But you don’t have to wait till Diwali to savour the tea. With the goodness of Basil (tulsi) in it, it makes for an anytime beverage.

SUGGESTIONS FOR SERVING

– Add 1 teaspoon to boiling water for 2 cups of tea
– Brew for 2 minutes

Tip : We recommend pairing Diwali Blend with festive Indian sweets such as Gulab Jamon, Kaju Katli and Boondi Ladoo. Head to an Indian sweetmeat shop to get the pairing right.

Tea time is luxury time.

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future“.

With that quote of Thich Nhat Hanh from his book The Miracle of Mindfulness, I leave you to pick up your cuppa, swirl the tea liquor, take in the aroma and travel to your land of fantasy or quiet contemplation.

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The Sandalwood Room on Tras Street, close to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore is an exclusive boutique with gifts and collectibles, ethnic fashion, jewelry, home decor and art, an eclectic mix of merchandise and an art gallery that hosts periodic exhibitions by international artists. For those with a penchant for contemporary arts and traditional crafts…this is the place to be !

indian teas, the sandalwood room

Indian Teas at The Sandalwood Room

Teas are a great option for gifts, specially when they are exotic!

If you have liked any of the above teas , click here to explore more and if you wish to place an order email them and The Sandalwood Room will be happy to courier your order to you.

  • Price on request. Email them at the ID below
  • Payments are routed through PayPal
  • All products subject to availability.
  • Give them a Facebook like here
New Address :

The Sandalwood Room, 78 Tras Street, Singapore 079017

Phone : +65 6221 2654 / +65 9786 5896

Email: thesandalwoodroom@gmail.com

Website : The Sandalwood Room

Facebook : Visit The Sandalwood Room