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COVID-19 And Diwali: Healthy Gift Options This Pandemic

Diwali, a festival of lights, joy, prosperity and gifts is all set to be celebrated with a new template among COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to other festivals celebrated this year with restrictions and low social engagements, Diwali too, is expected to be celebrated in a similar way, keeping the buzz of the festival alive.

As Diwali is and has always been a festival of gifts, this pandemic, there might be a little change in the gifting spirit, keeping in mind people's inclinations towards health and low budget due to economic fallout.

In this article, we will discuss some of the amazing healthy gift options to give to your loved ones. Take a look.

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1. Essential oils

Gifting a pack of essential oils could be the best gift this pandemic. A study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Research says that inhalation of essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, tea tree, T. orientalis, lemon balm, bergamot, fennel, peppermint, clove, cinnamon, ravensara and eucalyptus could be the best adjuvant therapy for COVID-19.

This is because these oils contain some active compounds that possess strong antiviral property against SARS CoV. [1]

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2. Immune-boosting herbal tea packs

The COVID-19 situation demands an urgent need for effective therapeutics including traditional medicines and herbal plants to slow down or prevent the spread of the virus. Immune-boosting herbal teas are best when it comes to improving the immunity, which is vital during the pandemic.

Shower love and care to your dear ones and gift them a pack of immune-boosting herbal tea packs such as Ceylon tea, green tea, oolong tea, tulsi tea, black tea and cinnamon tea. These teas are packed with polyphenols and flavonoids and have strong anti-viral potential. [2]

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3. Sugary treats made with natural sweeteners

Diwali is incomplete without tempting and sugar-loaded sweets which can increase the risk of diabetes, cholesterol and affect our immunity.

Bring a small change this pandemic and gift sweets which are made with natural sweeteners such as jaggery, honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup or stevia. They are rich in antioxidants, organic acids, vitamins and minerals that contribute much to good health.

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4. Copper water bottle

The benefits of storing drinking water in copper water bottles have been discussed in Ayurveda. A copper bottle has an antibacterial effect against diarrhoeagenic bacteria. It helps purify water and provide distilled water for drinking.

Also, the incredible copper in the bottle has multiple benefits such as boosting immunity, lowering the risk of heart diseases and improving digestion. [3]

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5. Assorted box of dried fruits and nuts

Dried fruits and nuts such as almonds, cashews, raisins, pistachios, peanuts, hazelnuts or Brazil nuts have immune-modulating effects. They are rich in many bioactive compounds such as phenols, vitamins, folate, fatty acids and proteins.

Dried fruits and nuts consumption help reduce incidences of metabolic syndrome and other chronic diseases. [4]

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6. Wearable fitness trackers

This Diwali is going to be all about health and fitness, which makes a wearable fitness tracker the best utility gift. The device can be helpful to achieve exercise goals and improve exercise proficiency. Gifting this to your dear ones can motivate them to stay fit which will significantly contribute to their good health this pandemic.

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7. Designer masks

The need of the hour is a mask. A facemask helps limit the COVID-19 spread to a great extent by preventing their entry inside the body through mucous membranes like eyes, nose and mouth.

As it's a festive season and many people may feel like to wear a designer mask matching with their attire, it is best to gift a pack of designer masks to your loved ones, keeping both the fashion and health in your mind. [5]

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8. Yoga mat

The benefits of yoga as a preventive strategy against coronavirus have been put down in many research papers. Yoga helps improve immunity and respiratory functions and is an effective add-on strategy in managing communicable diseases. A trial study has shown that yoga evokes a larger reduction in respiratory infections and improves lung functions, with booting immunity simultaneously. [6]

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9. Family pack of herbal hand sanitisers

Hand hygiene is foremost for reducing virus transmission. Alcohol-based sanitisers are recommended best by experts but it may have some side effects on the skin of the hands such as itching.

Gifting herbal hand sanitisers made with soothing ingredients like aloe vera, turmeric, tea tree oil, lemongrass or cinnamon oil can help prevent the coronavirus spread equally due to the antiviral property of these natural herbs, without any or negligible side effects. Caution, avoid going near inflammable items after applying these hand sanitisers as they may contain some amount of alcohol that can ignite a fire.

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10. Biodegradable diyas and idols

In Diwali, lightning diyas hold a great spiritual value. However, burning diyas can cause environmental problems and increase pollution levels. Replace ordinary diyas with biodegradable diyas this pandemic Diwali and spread the love with zero toxic residues.

You can easily avail these eco-friendly diyas in the market at a similar price and contribute to a pollution-free Diwali. Also, prefer to buy biodegradable Ganesha and Lakshmi idols.

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11. Seed-engraved fireworks

Celebrate green Diwali this pandemic with seed-engraved fireworks crackers. Nowadays, there are many alternatives to fireworks which one can avail or gift to loved ones, keeping the nostalgia of the festival alive.

These eco-friendly Diwali crackers are embedded with seeds of various plants. When the crackers burst, they fall into the soil and germinate into a full-fledges plant in around six months. Gift an assorted pack of seed-engraved fireworks and make their Diwali, a healthy Diwali.

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What are you gifting your loved ones this Diwali? Mention in the comment section.