Hello Aloe

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

SHARAN stands for Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature? Why reconnection? We are disconnected from nature and animals and conditioned to live in a way that makes us sick. The conditioning is so strong, that it’s a process to change from our current culture of sickness to a culture that supports health, not just for us, but for everyone else on the planet.

Animals in nature know how to heal themselves. It’s instinctual. We too are born with instincts but we have lost them. We are out of touch. The less we have and the closer that we are to nature, the more we can reconnect to our instincts. This is true health, and honestly true wealth too.

What can you do to start off? Wean yourself away from the TV, newspapers and magazines. Take holidays from your phone and computer. Spend a day in nature and observe. You may find yourself as fascinated as I am. There is so much to learn from nature!


Testimonial of Bhagawat Balak


Farmer Bhagawat Balak, who has been awarded with the Adarsh Farmer 2015 Award from the Government of Maharashtra, comes to our Juhu Organic Farmers Market with his baskets of exotic vegetables. In this short interview he talks about organic farming, opening up his world to us.  His wisdom is to be heard.

Fresh Iced Aloe Vera Lemonade with a Breeze of Orange

With the heat maintaining its presence now, check out this cooling aloe drink….


  • 1 cup fresh aloe vera gel fillets

  • 1 cup Ice cubes

  • 1 freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 4 tbsp. date paste

  • 1/2 cup young coconut water

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice


Add all the ingredients into your blender.

Blend on a high speed until slush.

Pour into a glass and garnish with a slice of lemon or orange.

Food for Thought


If you love Facebook, then join us to be supported on your plant based journey. We offer 3 possibilities from 1st Jan 2016.

1. SHARAN India This is SHARAN’s main Facebook page which you can like and follow for getting useful daily updates and news from the plant based health world. You will also get news about the latest SHARAN events, see testimonials, and more.

2. SHARAN’s Vegan Support Group This is an open support group to know more about vegan/plant-based lifestyle. Here you can ask questions and share inspiring stories, tips, recipes, etc.

3. SHARAN’s Plant Powered Health This is the new group only for the past attendees of SHARAN’s events: seminars, cooking classes, retreats or longer programs.

All our doctors and presenters will be here to answer your questions and give you tips. If you have attended our events join this group to be a part of our family.

Please like the main SHARAN page and join the group(s) applicable to you.

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All about Aloe Vera

From Nature’s beauty parlor comes the magical Aloe Vera! Skin and hair care, anti-ageing, healing powers and more are the services that this unique plant dishes out. A type of cacti, it is widely found in India and has been used for medicinal purposes and skin conditions since years. 

Aloe Vera, when applied increases the water content in your skin leaving it hydrated. It especially works wonders on oily and acne prone skin. Full of anti-oxidants it also helps heal scratches, wounds and sunburns. Rich in vitamins C and E, it lends to anti-ageing. It may also promote hair growth and reduce dandruff. Health-wise Aloe Vera reduces inflammation, builds immunity and maintains oral health. However its always best to try using a little initially, just to make sure that it suits your skin.

It is really simple to grow aloe vera at home instead of purchasing ready made packed gels since these may also contain harmful preservatives. Take an aloe vera leaf and peel the outer layer of the leaf and scoop out the gel and store in the container. Refrigerate it for a longer shelf life. Use directly on the skin for moisturising or treating any wounds.

While there is no replacement for a good diet for glowing skin, read on tips on how to use Aloe Vera…

1. Aloe Vera for Dry Skin

Blend fresh aloe vera with a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of date paste, a teaspoon of almond milk and a few drops of rose water into a paste. Apply and leave for 20 minutes.

2. Aloe Vera for Sensitive Skin

Blend fresh aloe vera gel with cucumber juice, almond or peanut yoghurt and rose oil into a paste. Apply and remove after 20 minutes

3. How to drink aloe vera juice

The natural taste is very bitter, so best is to mix it. Take the gel, dice it into small pieces, wash well and add into your smoothies.

4. Aloe Vera for Acne

Mix one tablespoon of aloe vera gel with 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice and massage on your face. Best is to leave overnight.

5. Aloe Vera for Hair Growth

Take 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and mix with 1 tablespoon of castor oil and gently massage on your scalp and leave overnight.

6. Aloe Vera for Hair Conditioning

Simply apply aloe vera gel after shampoo as a natural conditioner. You can even leave it in if you are comfortable with it.


This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Associate Reyna K Rupani, who is based in Mumbai. She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health & Weight loss program and also conducts Health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more. Find out how she has benefited in so many ways by going on a whole plant-based diet here

Sanctuary for Health and Re-connection to Animals and Nature (SHARAN) is a non-profit organisation with the goal of spreading awareness about holistic health and an ecologically sustainable compassionate lifestyle.

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