Triveni-Wondering what the title means? Let’s discover.
“Triveni ” is when neem (Azadirachta indica), peepal (Ficus religiosa), and bohar (Ficus benghalensis) grow together in a pit. When they reach up to a height of 6-7 feet, they are made to meet together from their trunk.
DIRECTIONS: PEEPAL is planted in North, Neem in East and Bohar in South direction.
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It is said to be a folktale and is also of ecological importance. It is surely not an ordinary tree as it has a great spiritual significance. Planting Triveni is a virtuous and fortunate deed.
Why the need for Triveni?
• Ecological Importance
The trio produces a large amount of oxygen and purifies the environment efficiently. Triveni plantation means purification of the environment.
It prevents soil erosion, improves soil fertility and structure, helps in attracting rains, and has many medicinal values too.
It is said that Peepal and banyan trees release oxygen at night also. Amazing, right? This is due to a special photosynthesis process called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM).
• Spiritual Importance
It is said that bohar, neem and peepal are the humble abode of Lord Brahma (cosmic creator), Vishnu (preserver), and Mahesh (destroyer), respectively. The ancient worshiping practice of these trees has been mentioned in Mahabharta. By serving or planting it, all Gods are said to be worshipped. A sense of elation gushes out of the mother Earth after this fortunate practice is performed. It is surrounded by a highly positive aura.
It finds a mention in the holy scripture- Guru Granth Sahib which says ‘One tree, a hundred blessings’.
Why are we reaching out to you?
These Trees are huge so they require a lot of space which is the reason for their depleting number. These are planted in public places with huge space around and before the onset of the rainy season. We are now left with limited space due to increased urbanization.
Do we have an alternate solution for a limited space?
Each one of us has the potential to do it, especially our smart youth who has the outgrowing ability and power to change the future of our Earth and the human race and set us free from ailments. It’s our very duty to not let the planet die. Let’s not find resources on other planets instead let’s make it the beauty of all.
Survival without trees is unimaginable even in dreams. Since our childhood, we have demanded endlessly from our Mother nature who has nurtured us unconditionally like our mothers. So, she deserves the same love, care, and respect which is in the form of green activities like planting trees, minimizing waste, use of water and electricity, and managing pollution. In short, the more we do, the less it is. Saving nature will not cost us anything but will in turn spread happiness and revive the natural habitat of the wild.
If we all survive this pandemic, I hope we all will remember that when it happened, we didn’t fight for the land nor a luxurious life. When all of this has been concluded, we’ll remember that we fought for the means of our survival- Air
The fight today is for survival and greenery is the only saviour as it keeps both humans and earth healthy. This green mission needs your big support and a helping hand. We need to start now to wake up to a bright future. Join us towards this cause by filling up the below-given google form to tell us when and where you will plant Triveni.
We live in a world ruled by technology and we are nothing but slaves to this world. Have you ever imagined how these beloved gadgets of yours are slowly killing you at your back?
Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiations. Excessive radiations are the root cause of various health ailments, like- allergies, risk of cancer, stress, and neurological disorders.
According to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), EMFs are “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The IARC believes that some studies show a possible link between EMFs and cancer in people.
Symptoms of EMF exposure
According to some scientists, EMFs can affect the body’s nervous system function and cause harm to cells. Cancer and unusual growths may be one symptom of very high EMF exposure. Other symptoms may include:
• tiredness and fatigue
• dysesthesia (an itchy sensation)
• changes in memory
• restlessness and anxiety
• sleep disturbances, including insomnia
• depression and depressive symptoms
• loss of appetite and weight loss
• lack of concentration
• changes in an electroencephalogram (which measures electrical activity in the brain)
• skin burning and tingling
But, we don’t yet know enough about its effects on human health and have insufficient evidence. Further research in the next years may clear all our doubts.
Well, there is a way out of this ferocious circle. How many of you are aware of t anti-radiation plants? Yes, you read it right. Some miraculous plants are a boon to today’s human era. As the name anti-radiation describes them well, these contribute by absorbing the electromagnetic radiations emitted by our dear gadgets and purify the air inside a room.
What’s more? Plants absorb carbon dioxide and return oxygen, boost immunity and metabolism. Keeping them around, help in lowering stress levels and headache frequency.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, every task has taken an online route which means more exposure to dangerous rays. So, place a plant in near vicinity to minimize the harmful effects.
List of plants that eliminate radiations
Let’s have a look at the list of plants that absorb these harmful radiations:
• Stone lotus flower
This plant does not demand daily watering, twice in a week is more than sufficient. It gives your workplace an aesthetic look and a nice smell. It’s not only beautiful but also eliminates radiations. It is easy to care for.
• Spider plant
It is effective in improving air quality by reducing the toxins to a considerable amount ( NASA recommended). It is highly in demand and gives a great look to the place. It is effective in absorbing nuclear radiations, speeds the recovery of patients, maintains indoor humidity, and reduces stress.
• Aloe Vera
It is very well known for its skin, hair, and medicinal benefits. We bet you would have never thought that it could act as an anti-radiator. Well, this is the truth about this multi-specialty succulent.
it is a natural laxative, it can fight breast cancer, it can keep your skin hydrated and can lower your blood sugar levels.
• Rubber plant
This beautiful indoor plant absorbs high-frequency radiations when kept beside your gadgets. It acts as an effective air purifying plant and is known for its radioactive properties. It requires less maintenance. other benefits;
1. decreased chances of getting allergies
2. promotes stomach health
3. natural analgesic
In 2005, NASA conducted a home-based study and found that at least five plants commonly planted in-house at home or in offices can significantly absorb EMF radiations from electronic devices such as computers and phones – and cactus was one of them. Placing even a small cactus can reduce harmful radiation and purify the air. To elaborate;
1. it is an antiviral
2. has neuroprotective properties- a 2014 study found that it can protect nerve cells
3. high in antioxidants- a 2013 study found that the cactus is able to reduce oxidative stress.
4. regulates blood sugar levels- A 2012 study recommends that taking nopal cactus together with other diabetes medications helps regulate blood sugar.
5. It may reduce cholesterol- as suggested by a study, cactus can reduce cholesterol and also the LDL levels
6.can eliminate hangovers- A 2004 study proved that nopal cactus extract significantly reduces the severity of hangovers when consumed before drinking.
• English Ivy
Ivy is one of the best absorbers of radiation available. It can absorb up to 90% of benzene in the air within 24 hours. It eliminates carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde. Make sure not to overwater your ivy. Its Flavonoids help in removing toxins from the body, tightening and strengthening blood vessels, reduce allergies and modulate enzymes to help your body.
• Betel leaf plant
Because of its hydroxyl and superoxide scavenging properties, it can eliminate the radioactive components from the air and also it absorbs harmful gases too. what’s more;
1. it eases constipation
2. excellent analgesic
3. improves digestion
4. reduces respiratory problems
• Asparagus fern
It has well-known antioxidant properties that help to defend against the damage caused by exposure to gamma radiation.
With a very wonderful fragrance, it has the power to absorb electromagnetic radiations in a room. Ferns have been ranked 9th in the air purifying list of NASA.
• Mustard greens
You must have seen this plant going outdoors but it makes a perfect indoor plant too. It defends against the damage caused due to oxidative stress.
The amount of radiation will greatly reduce and you could breathe in pure air. They are also high in vitamin A, C, and beta-carotene. Hence, they are not only nutritional and delicious but also great at absorbing radiations.T
This plant may improve heart health, could boost immunity, may have anti-cancer effects, rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, and is an excellent source of vitamin K.
• Snake plant
This plant is known to be very effective in converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. It can improve your lung health. If you cannot find cactus, opt for this plant. It can be planted in any type of pot and requires less maintenance.
It absorbs CO2 at night also, is effective against allergies, and is Vastu and Feng shui friendly.
Radiations travel in a straight line, so keep that in mind when setting up your plant, and make sure not to block the path with other items. do not keep anything between your gadget and the plant as it may affect their ability to absorb the radiations.
Gift your family and employees a pure breathing experience by creating a radiation-free home and office.
We can play our part by leaving our phones in another room while sleeping and using ear buds or speaker mode when on a call. In addition to this, we recommend you to cut down the time spent with your gadgets and try spending a moment relishing nature.
Is your love for gardening fading away due to limited space in your high rise apartment or your home? Do not worry!! Vertical gardening is the solution for your problem. Vertical gardening is a virtuous recourse for people who want save space; these are easy to maintain as they are easy to reach without bending; a large diversity of plants can be maintained within it.
Where can these be grown?
Car parking, inside office buildings, along lane ways or rooftops.
why to install a vertical garden
No doubt, these gardens have an aesthetic merit but most supremely they do good to the environment as well. Here are some of the benefits;
• Due to the corona virus crisis, the fear of food shortage is now residing in everyone’s mind. We are dependent on farmers for the same but we can grow most of our food in our homes as a safety measure. Vertical gardens produce healthy and clean harvest. • Small fruits, vegetables and herbs can be grown very easily without the use of pesticides. • It is a safe way of gardening as it minimizes the risk of pest attack. • Food grown vertically is much prettier than the crops grown on ground. The fruits grow straight when trellised, since gravity pulls them down. Plus, there won’t be an ugly yellow spot on heavier vegetables and you get gorgeous vegetables.
• Vertical gardening helps to reduce the carbon dioxide footprint of a building by filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air which also benefits those living nearby due to improved air quality. • Exterior wall vertical gardens also help to reduce heat absorption, which can result in significant energy savings in areas where people rely on air–conditioning during the warmer parts of the year. • These gardens can significantly help to reduce Urban Heat Island Effect and smog. • The waste produced in our house can be reused for the same, such as- plastic bottles, old shoe organizers, baskets, broken ladder, etc. • Indoor plants improve inner air quality by removing VOCs(Volatile organic compounds) and other harmful toxins. • It acts as natural sound proofing barrieras the vegetated surface blocks high frequency sounds. • Create a microclimate– you can insulate your home from heat, air pollution or noise by designing a living natural shield. This also helps to regulate temperature.
Professor Virginia Lohr of Washington State University found in a study, that plants reduce the physical signs of stress. Dr. Lohr discovered that people working in an environment with plants present were 12% more productive and less stressed than those who worked in an environment without plants.
There are numerous other studies that highlight the positive impact of green spaces upon human well being. Honeyman 1987 found that buildings that feature and promote access to vegetation have a greater positive human health impact than those without. Green buildings have even been shown to increase post-operative recovery rates in medical facilities .
• Increase foot traffic in retail spaces as green walls create spaces that people want to spend time in. • Provide thermal insulation. As green walls provide insulation to buildings there is less demand upon power, saving cash as well as reducing the amount of polluting by-products that are released into the atmosphere. • Vertical gardens both insulate and cool buildings, providing a kind of safety blanket that protects the building from the elements, saving money on repairs in the long run. • Vertical gardens require the expertise of professionals from a variety of disciplines including landscape architects, architects, irrigation consultants and more helps create local jobs.
Why do we have missions to Mars but not to Mercury? Mostly because there’s some anticipation that Mars can support life, whereas, Mercury can’t. This is because the daytime temperature on Mercury reaches to 430 degree Celsius, probably hot enough to melt lead and during night it cools down to -183 degree Celsius, cold enough to liquefy oxygen.
Now the questions arise; why are we even planning to live on some other planet? Is earth not enough? Are we so greedy that the millions of resources which are helping us survive will happen to totally exhaust one day? Or we are really finding a planet to ensure the survival of our next generation?
There are many questions but with scanty answers.
Human beings often forget that we are completely dependent on Mother Nature and become ignorant towards caring for it. But the Covid-19 lockdown is healing the planet in a way never seen before in living history! Well, it’s too early to tell if these transitions will last forever. Experts say, the environment would suffer once the quarantine measures are lifted and industries would work double the time to make for what they have lost.
There is no doubt, the COVID restrictions have impacted the environment positively.
According to a survey, China’s nitrogen level has dropped by 30% after the lockdown started in January as the industries and cars (the primary producers of N02) were brought to a stop. A research found that the coal consumption fell by 40%. Also, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment reported a decrease in chemicals, phosphorus and ammonia in the country’s surface water during this period.
The fear of food shortage is another aspect that is slowly bringing the world to its knees. This pandemic has taught one important lesson, ‘Grow your own food’. Look around you and find spaces that could be filled with food. But the real interest in urban farming will only show once the lockdown is over. There have been reports of panic buying during the lockdown. Food shortages are predicted to cause violent and unrest – a senior economist at FAO said.
Plants are growing better because there is cleaner air and water and because of less human interference.
What’s happening in India?
The number of flamingoes has increased in Mumbai as a result of lockdown. The birds normally migrate to the Navi Mumbai area every year but there is a massive increase in their numbers this year.
Air quality- India has also observed a drastic change, a positive one, in the air quality. The sky seems cleaner now. Even the birdsong seems much louder. Delhi, the most polluted city is now breathing in fresh air after a long time.
Water quality– since there are no boats, whether they be fishing or pleasure ones, plying on the rivers and waterways, the water has cleared up. No doubt, because of the lesser human footfall even the oceans are recovering. The critically endangered, Ganges River dolphinsare back after 30 years just because of less water pollution near Kolkata Ghats.
Ganga river is now fit for drinking,. Water from Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar was tested and the results reveal that the water here is ‘fit for drinking after chlorination’, for the first time in decades. Water quality improved tremendously in the upstream but downstream Varanasi has seen very little change,” said a CPCB scholar working on the Clean Ganga project.
Effect on wildlife- lockdown has seen a decline in fishing, which means that the fish biomass will increase after over fishing almost, depleted it.
With less fear of busy streets and humans trapped indoors, animals are returning to roam around their urbanized habitats. In many cities with busy freeways, less vehicles on the road also means less road killing of these animals.
So, overall there is a positive impact on environment with COVID restrictions. It teaches us a lesson that If we all work together and responsibly, we can make these improvements permanent and there will be no need to plan expensive missions to other planet when we have lots to do here.
The conclusion is, we can save Earth for our future generations by using the resources wisely. Earth has abundant of resources which can make our lives easy and happy.
Thyme has many uses, from kitchen to natural health to home care. It is the most versatile herbs around. In the kitchen it adds savory flavor to roasted meat, soups, vegetables or fish. It also imparts exciting flavor to marinades, stocks and soups, cocktails and teas. Thanks to the potent natural antiseptic thymol, found in the plant’s leaves which are extremely useful.
What does it taste like? Fresh thyme has a pronounced, concentrated herbal flavor with sharp grass, wood and floral notes. The fragrance of the lemon variety is more prominent.
Here is a list of its uses: 1. Cough syrup– according to the German Commission E, thyme is an approved treatment for coughs, bronchitis, respiratory infections. Try this simple recipe of cough syrup to get relieved; – Boil 1 cup water – Remove from heat – Add thyme and let it sit for 20 minutes – Strain and whisk with ½ cup honey. This syrup can be refrigerated in a glass jar for up to 1 month.
2. Cold- busting herbal tea– mucus buildup in the throat and lungs can linger if not attended to on time. Thyme is a strong antimicrobial, antispasmodic and relaxant for the bronchi.Thyme tea makes a great gargle for gum disease and sore throat. Mullein soothes itchy and irritating coughs. Horehound has gentle, expectorant, stimulating effect on the lungs which helps in clearing away the phlegm. Here’s how to combine these 3 effective herbs: – 2 teaspoons dried mullein flowers/leaves – 2 teaspoons dries horehound flowers/leaves – 2 teaspoons dried thyme – 2 cups boiling water • Add these 3 herbs in a teapot • Add the boiling water, cover and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink hot Drink 2-3 cups a day of this tea for a week or until the symptoms disappear.
CAUTION: avoid thyme during pregnancy as it is a uterine stimulant.
3. Skin cleanser- try this 4 ingredient cleanser for a clear skin; – ¼ cup pure honey – ¼ cup water – 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme – 2 teaspoon liquid castile soap Massage a small amount into skin, rinse with warm water and pat dry.
4. All purpose cleaner– add 10 drops of antiseptic thyme essential oil to 1 gallon of hot water and ½ cup castile soap. Pour into a spray bottle and clean anywhere in your home.
5. Insect repellent– a study found that thyme oil when applied to the skin, repelled mosquitoes for 1-3 hours in a lab setting. But some essential oils can cause dermatitis, so it should be mixed with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, before application.
Coming to a list of few cookingstyles that are definitely irresistible; • When baking bread, add a few pinches of dried thyme to the flour and your bread would taste great with butter. • Add dried leaves to your favorite pasta sauce and voila! It tastes so yummy. • You can also decorate your desserts, like custards. • Leaves without the stem just work great when added to fresh veggie salad. It gives your salad a kick that no dressing will achieve on its own.
• Dried thyme added right at the end of cooking to soups brings an aroma to the dish that is hard to miss. Just add the herb and immediately remove from heat and keep covered. The soup will smell heavenly.
• Vegetables and seafood have a mild flavor and fresh thyme leaves work wonders in bringing out the subtle flavors and the taste is just electrifying. • Fresh leaves can be used in the marinade which gives meat a savory taste.
Wit and Wisdom: Burning thyme inside the house can help get rid of unwanted insects.
What’s your favorite way to use this effective and wonderful herb? Let us know in the comment box!