World Health Organisation says, every year we lose 4.2 million people to air pollution-related illnesses. 91% of the world lives in places with higher than permissible air toxicity levels. With declining air quality, the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma, increases for the people who live in world’s major cities with high levels of ambient air pollution. It has become nearly urgent to check if the air quality inside your own house is stable and healthy. Science shows that we remove more than 70% of toxins in the body via the breath. But if the air we breathe itself is toxic then what does one do? One of the things we can start doing is improving the quality of air within our homes. Here are some useful tips to ensure good quality air in our homes:
- Do you have indoor plants?
Indoor plants take in harmful gases and replace it with life giving oxygen. The more plants that are kept indoors, the greater the quality of oxygen in the home. Here are a few plants that will help increase oxygen levels in the home.
a) Snake Plant – removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene
Peace Lily – removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
Spider Plant – removes formaldehyde and xylene
Ficus/Weeping Fig -removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene
2. Many benefits of Beeswax Candles
The most common type of candle that is burned is paraffin candles which is cheap but a total health hazard. They emit benzene (carcinogenic) and toluene (a chemical that can cause brain damage) into the atmosphere, apart from 5 other toxins. The black soot left behind from burning paraffin candles is highly damaging to human respiratory system. Beeswax candles are environmentally friendly, have a really pleasant smell and burn longer and brighter.
How does beeswax purify air?
a) Beeswax candles are the only candles that contain negative ions. Most air particles(including germs) are positively charged, they are attracted to the negative ions and when they meet, they cling together and become too heavy to be suspended in the air. They just fall to the floor either to be swept away or picked up by a vacuum cleaner.
b) Research also has also shown that negative ions produce biochemical reactions that increase the level of serotonin(happy mood chemical) in the body.
3. Salt Lamps
Ever wondered why its so hard to stress when sitting at the seaside? Or how being by the sea naturally calms one down? One of the major reasons for this is the salt content in the atmosphere. Let us explain: Salt is naturally hygroscopic in nature. This means that salt will attract water to its surface. Because of its high osmotic potential, salt has a sort of “pulling” ability which can absorb, on a more subtle level, a lot of the negativity in the mind. Salt lamps also produce negative ions, which, as mentioned above, are essential for purifying the air. Apart from cleaning the air and providing a positive state of mind, salt lamps look great with its warm incandescent glow and have also been known to soothe allergies.
4. Essential Oils
Essential oils are packed with antioxidants and when the right oil is used, can really elevate the atmosphere and provide positive results. Oils like peppermint, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, orange, lemongrass and geranium are all powerful antibacterial oils and when diffused, they cleanse the atmosphere around and provide a beautiful aroma as well.
Shankara’s unique collection of Ayurveda inspired aromatherapy oils that balance the mind and emotions, calm the senses and invigorate it in equal measure throughout daily activities, also uses the eucalyptus essential oil which is also known for its great blending quality.
Shankara’s Aromatherapy collection brings together the following formulations:
Calming Essence: Grounding and Centering (Vata Pacifying): Cardamom EO, Sandalwood EO, Vetiver EOSoothing Essence: Cooling and Soothing (Pitta Pacifying): Sandalwood EO, Lavender EO, Geranium EOEnergizing Essence: Stimulating and Invigorating (Kapha Pacifying): Lemon EO, Bergamot EO, Cypress EO, Grapefruit EO and Eucalyptus EO