While the spike in air pollution in Delhi-NCR has become a serious concern for many and with World Health Organisation (WHO) listing India at top out of most polluted countries, Ayurveda remedies can come to the rescue for people.
Indians are compelled to breathe in the toxic air, which contains high levels of particulate matter leading to heart strokes, lung cancer, asthma, bronchitis, chronic respiratory problems, and other airborne diseases.
Be it outdoor air pollution or the indoor, hundreds of thousands of contaminants like CO2, Nitrogen Dioxide, VOCs, and Aerosols continue to breed the airborne microorganisms leading to allergies such as cold, and flu. Though deadly air pollution is a round-the-year phenomenon in India, winter season worsens the situation.
Below are a therefore few tips by Mr. Mohamad Yusuf N Shaikh, Founder Kudrati Ayurved Health Center that one can follow in order to beat the smog during this winter:
- Surround yourself with air purifying plants
The plants like Aloe Vera, Spider Plant, Neem (Azadirachta indica) act as the natural air filters absorbing the gaseous pollutants like CO2, particulate dust, oxides of nitrogen and sulphur. Not only do they absorb the high quantity of CO2, but also produces sufficient fresh oxygen. People should place such indoor and outdoor plants in and around their houses and at workplaces to circulate the fresh air all around.
- Cleanliness should be the first priority
People should ensure the cleanliness of their surroundings in order to avoid becoming prey to airborne diseases. The invisible air pollutants easily settle down on curtains, windows, clothes, and the corners of the house. Also, personal hygiene and cleanliness are equally important. Washing hair and skin with mild herbal preparations like neem in a base oil can be very effective in preventing infections. Freshly picked neem leaves detoxify the body from within while purifying the blood.
- Boost immunity naturally
Smog has a harsh effect on our immune system making it a breeding ground for various endocrine disorders, allergies, and autoimmune diseases, etc. It destroys all the essential vitamins present in our body and makes it vulnerable to fatal ailments. Good digestion, proper liver functioning, and a balanced endocrine system boost the immunity. One should focus on improving their metabolic fire ‘Agni’.
Therefore, it is important for all to increase the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables while taking Vitamin A, C, D, and E. Moreover, Triphala and Tulsi are proven effective in strengthening the immune system and probing viral activities in the body.
Gud or Jaggery is another rich source of energy. Enriched with iron, not only does it increase the hemoglobin levels in the blood, but also purifies the blood and negates the harmful effects of smog on the body.
- Dealing with health problems
Smog causes nasal congestion, shortness of breath, lung infection, and other respiratory issues. To deal with these, one can eat raw ginger to deal with the respiratory infection and shortness of breath. If eating raw is not possible, one can make a healthy drink by mixing the ginger extracts into the lukewarm water. In fact, a study also showed that ginger effectively fights the RSV virus, a very common causative agent of respiratory infections.
The ‘Nasya karma’ is a good Ayurvedic therapy to get rid of nasal congestion, the common problem during the smog. Pouring ghee into the nostrils and a gentle massage and sniffing allows the ghee to pass through nasal cavity cleansing it all in and out.
- Detoxifying the air with Lakshyaharidradi
In order to detoxify the indoor air pollution, lakshaharidradi yoga can be performed. The dried herbs like Laksha, Ativisha, Abhaya, and Haridra can be burned spreading its smoke in the house to purify the toxic air and the residuals of smoke. However, one should ensure the proper ventilation facilities available during this practice.