As we are moving forward in time we are cutting down trees recklessly to make Habitable places, which is an irony by the way as by cutting down the trees we are making the environment uninhabitable. The cutting down of trees has eventually resulted in the loss of air quality. And with this drastic decrease in air quality, we have reached a stage where immediate actions need to be taken in order to Fight Air Pollution.
How to reduce Air Pollution??
I believe our environment has a lot to offer when it comes to finding solutions that can reduce air pollution. We should promote the sowing of plants like Tulsi, Neem & Peepal as they take carbon dioxide from the environment and give out oxygen. And these plants can benefit the environment in many different ways.
Tulsi gives out oxygen for 20 hours and ozone for four hours a day along with the formation of nascent oxygen which absorbs harmful gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide from the environment. The plant enriches the environment with oxygen almost 24X7 and also absorbs other pollutants. Furthermore, as the plant grows in size the benefits that it provides also increases.
Neem trees act as very efficient, natural air filters trapping dust particles and absorbing gaseous pollutants. The planting of Neem trees helps reduce greenhouse gases through photosynthesis, absorbing large quantities of CO2 and producing oxygen. Besides, neem has a remarkable ability to withstand air and water pollution, as well as heat. And it also restores and maintains soil fertility.
Neem is ecologically very special. It can tolerate very high levels of pollution and has the capacity to recover even if most of its foliage is dropped. Plants with a large leaf area such as neem, accumulate relatively higher quantities of lead. A study in New Delhi, done by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, India in 1996 indicated that the Neem tree is one of the most suitable species for checking urban pollution in industrial locations and it has potential in green belt development in hot spots with a known history of high air pollution.
Peepal tree is also known as pollution indicators. Researchers observed that pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide and dust choke the roots, stem, flowers, and fruits of the plants. Leaves are particularly sensitive to pollution. Earlier studies have shown a quantitative decrease in the chlorophyll A and B pigments in peepal tree due to air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide.
Therefore the administration should take into notice these extraordinary benefits of tulsi, neem & peepal and take steps for utilizing them.
Even simple steps like planting tulsi, neem & peepal plants on road dividers, parks, etc. can bring a difference in terms of reducing air pollution.
How to reduce Internal Air Pollution??
All of this was regarding how can we make our environment safe to live in. But another thing to keep in mind is that we have to take care of our homes in terms of its air quality as we and our loved ones spend most of the time there.
The following are a few steps we can follow to keep our homes pure and free of air pollution:
1. Use Neem Adarak & Tulsi in water
2. Do not light incense sticks
3. Sprinkle some water outside your house, every morning and evening.
4. Instead of using a broom, use water to clean the floor.
5. Avoid using your personal vehicles at times when you can take public transportation.
6. Try to eat healthy food and forget to frequently hydrate.
You can also add some salt in the water to mop the floor. If you have a wooden floor, do not worry, this mix will brighten up the floor and if you have tile flooring, it will keep it fresh and clean for a longer time. It is a very effective way to get rid of pollution inside your home.
Nature has its own way to provide us protection and we should use that. We need to get as many plants as we can get for our homes. Because the best way to get rid of pollution and bad air is to have plants around. Out of many such plants, money plant, snake plant, aloe vera, Chinese evergreen, and Peace Lily are available in abundance. And just to be safe, you can also buy those air purifiers that are so popular in the market nowadays.
Apart from removing negative energies, Tulsi also provides relief from respiratory disorders. Also, this will be a great installation as it has a spiritual significance.
It is from the kitchen that the energies spread to the entire house. Hence, it is always advised to put up pictures in this area that are bright and positive. You can try putting a picture of bright-colored flowers in your kitchen.
Storing non-functional electronic items like chargers, wires or laptops, etc, attract negativity at home. Clear the electronic clutter from your house to invite positive energy.
These are some solutions as per Vastu, given by the Vastu expert, Mr. Manoj Jain which can be helpful to reduce the air pollution.