Worshipping v/s Polluting Sacred Trees

Hello there, I am Peepal (the sacred fig). I would like to show you a picture of mine.

Polluted sacred treeHow was it? Adorable, right? I flourish in mother nature’s lap. She keeps me alive and makes me able to let you breathe the purest air. 

Now, here’s another picture of mine.

😔I feel sad looking at myself like this. What inference did you draw from it?

Does this place look like a worshipping spot?

Why am I left unattended when I equally and constantly serve humanity? 

I am said to be worshipped in this way. Do you know why I am worshipped? Trimurti resides in me; Brahma the roots, Vishnu the trunk and Shiva the leaves. Visnu was born under me and Buddha attained enlightenment under me. But, this is the wrong way of doing it.

Let me take you to the topic of discussion.

What is worship?

To show a strong feeling of admiration, respect or love for a God. But in today’s society modern worship has made its place like worshipping celebrities, cricket teams, etc. 

Worshipping Nature 

In a recent blog of ’15 Sacred Trees Native to India’, we mentioned the reason for worshipping trees and their importance. We hope you all gave it a read. Ancient scriptures do mention the worship of trees but in a decent manner. 

It’s not something new about the fact that people in India worship trees. But have you ever seen them polluting the same?  

Leaving the pooja articles, packets, polythenes and flowers scattered leaves a bad impression on the viewers. This all compiles up into waste. A bad lesson for children to take away. We place photographs of our gods around it and sometimes some idols also. But these are left behind unattended due to many reasons. This is called disrespect. The packets left behind fly away which come under the feet. Stray animals rest there which makes the place look more dirty. 

Moreover, food is also offered as prasad to the trees which is many times left as it is. The food is also getting disrespected. We don’t even notice that the smallest of the waste thrown piles up and it begins to look like a junkyard. It’s too late when we realize that. 

Our elders taught us how to worship but never told us to pollute the worshipping place. We misinterpreted what was told. There is a specific way for puja which avoids harming the environment and we all know it how. 

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Triveni- The Incredible Environment Purifier ( Mission- 1 lakh)

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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Bohar tree, the part of triveni
Banyan/Bohar Tree
Neem Tree
Peepal Tree

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. 

The takeaway

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.

Let’s join hands for rebuilding our as well as Mother Earth’s health and be a green saviour. 

Beware and be kind because you can’t rewind.

Spider Plant- The Amazing Air Purifier

Looks of Spider Plant 

Spider plant, also known by the names, spider ivy and ribbon plant, is an easy to grow houseplant.

Its long and narrow leaves can reach a length measuring upto 20-45 cm and approx. 6-25 millimeters. 

These are perennial plants with indefinite life span, which also end up out living their owners, provided these are nurtured properly. Thanks to their longevity, they end up becoming the legacy. 

  Spider Plant Uses

  • The NASA Clean Air Study claimed that spider plant is an effective air purifier and helps eliminate air toxins like xylene (Sources- petroleum, coal tar, smoke) and formaldehyde (Sources- paints, coatings, glues, permanent press fabric, pesticides, fertilizers). Thus, reducing indoor pollution. 
  • The plant finds its use in various traditional medicines. Its tubular roots are consumed to treat bronchitis, bone fractures and burns. Its leaves are consumed in kenya.
  • It can be used as an indoor plant not only because it purifies air but also it enhances the indoor beauty due to its decorative value.
  • Spider plants can also be planted in gardens as well as in hanging pots at a partially shady place. It spreads beautifully on the ground and works as a cover to prevent soil erosion .

    Care

  • Soil

Plants love well drained soil so does the spider plant. The fully grown plants can tolerate drought for a while as well but not for very long.

  • Temperature 

The most suitable temperature for its good development is 18-32 degree Celsius. It cannot withstand frost. 

  • Water

Plants prefer the soil to dry between waterings to avoid root rot, so does the spider plant. Excess watering can produce brown leaf tips, which can also be due to buildup of chemicals present in water. You may use filtered water in that case. Water stress can also arise due to insufficient watering.

  • Humidity

Belonging to the tropical rainforest, spider plants prefer humidity which keeps brown tips at  bay. So, you can also place it in a bright bathroom of yours.

  •  Exposure

These require partly shaded sites and if grown indoors they love highly bright spots. Forbid direct sunlight to prevent scorching of leaves and enhance the striping on the leaves.

  • Food

The fertilizing task can be done in summer and spring twice a month. Plant growth is slow in winter and autumn so fertilizer doesn’t find the need. Over-fertilization should be avoided to prevent brown leaf tips.

  • Propagation

 This task requires the plantlets of the plant. These are the miniature replica of the spider plant. So, these are easy to propagate.

  • Repotting

Though the spider plants do not require repotting often but the task should be done in spring which is considered as an ideal time. If the roots start peeping out of the soil, then it’s time for some action.

 Pests

These plants are hardy when it comes to pest attack. But yes, they are susceptible to some infestations, like spider mites, aphids, mealy bugs and whitefield may damage the plant. The plant can be saved using an insecticide mixed with vinegar if it worsens, otherwise, misting it with water will do the job. Spraying neem water on any plant can help save plants from bugs.

Spider plant with brown leaf tips

So, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and clean your indoor air with this NASA approved air purifier and give a pure breathing experience to your family.

Every Corner Needs A Plant 

Air On Sale! Shocked?? You heard that right.

Air On Sale! Shocked?? You heard that right.

Once upon a time, there was an era, when Mother Earth, was respected & worshiped as “Dharti Maa”, who nurtured us like her children. Supreme health is what people enjoyed earlier with nature’s boons. But soon, some smart and intelligent humans began exploiting our resourceful Earth. Their exploitative power and dominance lead to greed. Food, water, air, and shelter started diminishing and their distribution is now imbalanced and unequal.

We are currently struggling to live in a world, which has everything ready to be sold. From canned foods, to ready to use curries or gravies, to dehydrated food products. Food is so expensive and not worth the value and nutrition that used to be earlier in the world today. Why have we made a ready-made world? Because no one has the so-called “Time” to invest. We are paving the way for health hazards by consuming these products.
Food and water have been sold for many years. The packaged drinking water quenches thirst while on the run so well. But have you ever stopped and thought that you actually “paid for drinking water”. The element that nature provides us unconditionally and free of cost.

Air Arrested!

Surprisingly, now air with different aromas also has a price tag. The air was the only thing that was available free to us. But now even that seems a luxury.

How can a necessity be a luxury?

Our planet has life because of air, water, and food. Firstly, we polluted the natural, clean and fresh air and then we invented air purifiers. We have polluted our environment by means of industrialization and now finding an alternative to escape its hazardous effects.

The means of our survival-air is now on “SALE“.

How much are you ready to spend to inhale some fresh air?

Have a look at how air is being sold in China.

Animated earth coughing and surrounded by black air

We are not saving the Earth for generations to come. We are being selfish in the now, not thinking of our future generations.
Why don’t we think of giving a better environment by planting trees? Is doing that too difficult? 

It can save us from the cost of buying air purifiers and bottled air in the ages to come. Don’t you agree?

Health nowadays is the major concern more than a career. We should give a thought to whether there are enough resources left for the newborns to survive, as ‘survival‘ is now a challenge. We all are sitting on a ticking time bomb. The choice is ours, whether to stop this timer and survive or let it explode to destroy this amazing life. We still have time before it’s already too late and impossible to reverse the damage. Together we can put an end to this business of selling air. We cannot spend the rest of our life with masks on because trees are the solution and saviours, not masks and bottled air.

Start the initiative from your own place. ‘Vertical gardens’ or ‘green walls’ are a solution to less horizontal space. The living greens in the wall will help reduce the carbon footprint around your place and maintain the internal temperature.

GET A QUOTE  

Lend A Hand To Release Air

Let’s give Earth its original wealth and prosperity back and make our lives a little easier, healthier, and happier. Question yourself, how many trees are required for breathing fresh and cleaning the polluted air? Analyse, introspect and do your part, contribute to Mother Nature what you took away from it. Don’t wait for anyone else to start, you be the initiator.

“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam“- the whole world is one family. Let us make it feel like a home to everyone and even the animals. Animals, both wild and domesticated they cannot buy air.

So, are you ready to step ahead? Do share your valuable views in the comment box.

Edited by- Ms. Seema Sheriff (Relationship coach and content writer by passion)

10 Immunity Boosting Herbs- Nature has every solution

What is immunity?

The ability of an organism to resist a particular infection by the action of specific antibodies is known as immunity.

A healthy and strong immune system is the most valuable thing a person can own. When it comes to keeping immunity strong, the use of natural remedies cannot be replaced by any medication in the world. Nature gifted humans with these remedies long ago but it seems that we have forgotten its worth due to modernization of lifestyle, busy schedule or we can say the change in mentality changed everything. Though, there are many people who depend upon these remedies for a healthy life.

Strengthen your immunity in a healthy way

 

A strong immunity is driven by various factors like; lifestyle, environment, psychological factors, age and the most important is our eating habits which have worsened due to lack of time and increased number of responsibilities and laziness. The desire to have everything done within seconds is leading us to become more lethargic and inactive. Any disbalance in these factors may lead to intimidating effects on one’s health. Like, stress can lead to a hormonal imbalance, polluted environment may lead to various problems like asthma, diarrhoea, pneumonia, etc. Bad eating habits lead to obesity, sleepiness, inactive body and much more.

Coming to the concern of our immunity, a few initial changes in all the factors which drive a strong immune system can lead to a healthy life, although we cannot undo the age factor.

The coronavirus pandemic has severely affected people all over the world. The Indian Prime Minister is not only requesting the citizens to stay inside and follow certain measures but is advising us to bring in the use of ayurvedic home remedies to boost our immunity against the novel coronavirus.

Below given are some herbs that can help increase immunity in a healthy way. As, you scroll down reading, you will find that these wonderful herbs not only build up a strong immune system but also have other wonderful benefits and effects on our overall health. So, let’s begin.

  1. Moringa (Moringa oleifera)

Vitamin C is the pivotal nutrient that our body needs to build strong immunity. Moringa contains 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges. Moringa tree is also known as the Vitamin tree. It has some other vital nutrients that strengthen cells, muscles, tissues and help the body to heal. In addition, it has high levels of amino acids, iron, potassium, and calcium. The ethanolic extracts of Moringa leaves have significant immunomodulatory effect on immune system. These help to invigorate cellular immune response and increases the level of WBC, lymphocyte, and neutrophil count in the body.

That is not all!

The antioxidant properties of Moringa help heal wounds faster, improve digestion, manage diabetes, improve cardiovascular health, and prevent neurodegenerative disorders. Also, it is enriched with anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It keeps deadly tumors away.

  1. Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Since ancient times, neem has been widely used as an immunity booster and is a native to India. Thanks to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which keep the body safe from harmful pathogen attacks. It detoxes the blood by flushing out the harmful impurities which helps strengthen immunity. Oils are extracted from the leaves to add in traditional medicines while the leaves are dried and used as herbs in alternative medicine.

The antioxidant property prevents the damage of free radical attacks, reduces cancer and heart disease. Neem can be taken in the form of supplements also, but the best way to benefit from it is consuming it raw or as a decoction.

  1. Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

The holy basil is respected, used as an immunity booster and is one of the best herbs available for medicinal purposes. The leaves of this easily available plant are rich in phytonutrients, Eugenol (a bioactive compound that has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and reduces stress and plasma glucose levels, vitamins, and minerals.

Recent studies have indicated that tulsi can help slow down the growth of HIV cells and inhibit development of certain carcinogenic cells. It protects you from cold, cough and viral infections too.

The leaves can be infused with the morning tea.

  1. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger has been used since ancient times against flu and common cold. It is great at preventing respiratory tract infections, powers up the immune system and kill viruses due to presence of an antioxidant -gingerol. It has been widely used for curing colds and coughs, nausea, asthma, morning sickness, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems and even depression. Ginger is enriched with anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and anti-cancerous properties.

Powdered ginger mixed with pulverized cloves, cardamom and caraway has been used for digestive ailments since ancient times. It can be added to meals or boiled in tea which turns out to be really delicious and is one of my favorite beverages during winters, yum!

  1. Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica)

Bitter is better. Amalaki is also known as Amla, or Indian Gooseberry and is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It has large amount of Vitamin C which helps boost immunity. Vitamin C not only helps in stimulating the production of antibodies but is also a great source of antioxidants. It has strong anti-bacterial and astringent properties. Amla helps to increase WBC production in the blood.

What is more?

It helps fight common cold, improves eyesight, burns fat, beautifies hair, relieves pain, and improves skin.

  1. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Fenugreek is not only used as a herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice(seeds), vegetable (fresh leaves) but also as a condiment in artificial flavouring of maple syrup or in the production of steroids. Fenugreek seeds have a healthy nutritional profile, containing a good amount of fiber and minerals, including iron and magnesium. It acts as a natural antioxidant and strengthens the immune system. It has a rich source of vitamin E. The fenugreek fiber is used to cure constipation.

Furthermore, fenugreek

  • Increases breast milk production
  • Boosts testosterone production in men
  • May help control diabetes and blood sugar levels
  • Balances cholesterol levels
  • Has anti-burn properties

Herbal tea made with fenugreek, honey and lemon is a traditional remedy to treat fever. Sprouted seeds of fenugreek and microgreens are used in salads.

  1. Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic’s use was well documented by many major civilizations, including the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. Scientists now know that most of its health benefits are caused by Sulphur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. Perhaps the most famous of those is known as allicin. However, allicin is an unstable compound that is only briefly present in fresh garlic after its been cut or crushed.

Benefits:

Garlic is used to add flavor to almost every form of cuisine across the world and is popularly used in Chinese dishes and these dishes are totally incomplete without it.

  1. Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)

Giloy is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used and advocated in Indian medicine for ages”, says Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat. Its benefits and uses have even been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Many people include giloy in traditional kadhas as well. Here are some of the health benefits of giloy that you must know:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Treats chronic fever
  • Treats diabetes
  • Improves digestion
  • Fights respiratory problems
  • Treats arthritis
  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces signs of aging
  • reduces asthmatic conditions

  1. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Aurvedic healing and is considered to be nature’s gift to mankind. It is classified as a rasayana i.e. rejuvenation in Ayurveda and expected to promote physical and mental health. The Sanskrit term Ashwagandha translates to “smell of horse”, and rightly so. Traditionally, it is believed that a person who consumes this herbal medicine will gain horse-like strength and vitality.

Benefits:

  • Helps overcome stress and depression
  • Leaves help heal joint pain, skin sores and reduce swelling.
  • Increases stamina and energy
  • Protects brain cells
  • Presence of anti-cancerous agents
  • Supports sexual health
  • Effective in treating insomnia
  • Regulates hormonal balance
  • Strengthens hair
  • Provides youthful look
  • Reduces cortisol levels

  1. Triphala 

Triphala contains the antioxidative properties of three fruits- haritaki, bibhitaki and amla. Half a teaspoon of Triphala has about 10 calories. It consists entirely of carbohydrates and does not contain any fats or proteins. It is now touted as a natural remedy for a variety of health conditions as it is loaded with Vitamin A and C.

Triphala is good for dental health, reduces blood sugar levels, keeps a check on constipation, protects skin and increases collagen production and improves hair quality and growth.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

Now we see that building a strong immunity and a healthy immune system is no rocket science. All you need to borrow is just a few ingredients from nature.

Although none of these suggestions can prevent COVID-19, they may reinforce your body’s defences against harmful pathogens. Eating right is a great start, and there are other things you can do to protect yourself from diseases. Remember, a good and healthy change always brings up excellent results. We not only recommend making changes in the diet but also advise to indulge in exercise and yoga. The sum of all these suggestions will surely help the body in one way or the other. Anything can be achieved with a will and determination.

  “Healthy citizens are the greatest                  asset any country can have.”

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