“Air pollution across India on Thursday morning, a day after Diwali, was categorized as “severe”, with nearly six times the average levels of deadly PM 2.5 (particulate matter up to 2.5 microns in size)” – livemint.com
“Like the rest of the world, those of us in Delhi believed for years that Beijing was the world’s most polluted city. But last May, the World Health Organization announced that our own air is nearly twice as toxic. The result, we’re told, is permanent lung damage, and 1.3 million deaths annually” – BBC.com
The hazards of being in one of the most populated countries in the world with its associated ills is a persistent cause of concern. Towards this end, each one of us need to do our bit in containing this menace and till then adopt some remedies to mitigate the adverse effect of it personally on each one of us.
A few herbs which are completely natural and can assist in purifying and detoxifying our body from these pollutants
- Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric’s detoxification qualities promote healthy digestion and plays a major role in weight management. It contains the chemical, Curcumin which has anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, anti-oxidating, detoxifying, blood purifying, and anti-microbial properties. The herb is easy to use externally as well as internally and helps to flush out the toxins from the body.
- Neem (Azadirachta indica)
Neem helps to flush out the toxins from the body. It purifies the body and helps the body to get rid of the pollutants. Additionally, Neem powder tea is used for antibiotic and antiviral treatments.
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is a magic herb. It possesses anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-viral, carminative, circulation-stimulating, detoxifying, diaphoretic, digestive, lymph-cleansing, mild laxative, perspiration-inducing and warming properties among others.
- Ghrit kumari (Aloe barbadensis)
This succulent herb has the property to clean the organic by-products like formaldehyde, benzene effectively. It has air cleaning capabilities, and helps to heal cuts and wounds to a huge extent. This is one of the best plants for air purification.
- Garlic (Allium sativum)
Garlic is loaded with a lot of sulfur. It has stimulating impact on liver, which helps to eliminate the toxic substances from the body. It also has detoxifying enzymes, which filters waste materials from the blood stream.
- Bhumiamla (Phyllanthus niruri)
This herb helps to purify blood and get rid of the waste materials from the body. It also maintains the level of bilirubin, functioning of liver and is an excellent herb for the purification of the body from the various pollutants, especially air pollution.
- Amlaki (Emblica officinalis)
Amlaki helps to detoxify the body from the various toxins and harmful chemicals. It has purifying properties, which helps to clean the body by expelling the body wastes from the body effectively. It enhances immunity and slows down the process of ageing. Amalaki is the richest source of vitamin C which helps to provide stamina to the body.
- Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa)
This herb has cleansing, purifying and diuretic properties. It has the ability to provide detoxifying characteristics to the body. It helps reduce the toxicity and clean the blood. This helps to improve liver functions also effectively.
- Madhurika (Foeniculum vulgare):
Fennel has carmitative, anti-spasmodic, purgative, hepatic and anti-emetic properties. It helps in alleviating vata, pitta and kapha doshas. It helps in detoxifying body and inhibits the retention of water to a huge extent.
All these herbal remedies are extremely helpful to purify the body from air pollutants. Take action today to detoxify your system and lead a healthy life.