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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Opuntia microdasys , a lookalike of cactus is characterized by its green pads. The cactus is a flowering plant species in the cactus family Cactaceae. It forms a dense shrub of 40–60 cm tall but more composed of pad-like stems 6–15 cm long and 4–12 cm broad. In place of spines it has number of yellow or white glochids which are 2–3 mm long and dense clusters.
CAUTION: Glochids may cause considerable skin irritation if touched, so they must be handled with caution.
It is known by the names of angel’s-wings, bunny ear cactus, bunny cactus or polka-dot cactus. This cactus has no central stem or leaves. The oval shaped pads are the main constituent and attracting point of bunny ear cactus.
Why bunny ear?
Because these pad like segments always grow in pairs which result in an appearance similar to rabbit’s ears. These so called new segments appear as red and grow to dark green colour when mature.
The mature pads are highly covered with glochids which are short whitish brown prickles. These come off easily and can be blown away by wind.
Flowering: The terminal ends of segment pads are meant for the flowers to sprout. Budding starts in late spring and ends in early summer with 2 inch wide blossoms. These are creamy yellow in colour. This succulent comes with low maintenance and tolerance of harsh environment but it is more of an outdoor plant.
Click on the text below to know about the edible parts of Opuntia microdasys:
1. Soil A cactus mix will work very well for bunny ear. Avoid excess organic contents in the soil.
2. Light 4-6 hours of indirect sunlight per day is sufficient. Avoid placing it in a dark room.
3. Water Watering should be done when the top one inch of the soil gets dried. Any excess water should be drained out from the saucer. Watering in winters should be reduced to once in every 3-4 weeks. Water only the soil and not the pads.
4. Fertilizer Although, its not needed much but it can be applied in summers. A peat-based compost should not be used. Remember, fertilize it in the evening only.
5. Repotting It should be performed every 1-2 years. Wait for week after repotting and then water the bunny ears cactus.
6. Pest control Combat the scale insects and mealy bugs with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol.
7. Propagation Here is a step guide for performing a perfect propagation of bunny ears cactus:
• Pick out a mature pad and separate from the mother plant. It is best to group the cuttings by threes or more for better survival chances. • Make use of a tweezer to break the pads off or very thick gloves to handle this part. • Let the pads to callus for a few days before planting.
Optional: Dip the pads in rooting hormone which helps speed up the rooting and propagation process.
• Prepare a potting mix. A cactus mix is the perfect choice for potted a bunny ear. • Use an unglazed clay pot slightly larger than the pads that are to be repotted. The clay pot lowers the chance of root rot. • As soon as the cuttings have callused, plant it one inch deep into the soil and place the pot in a good sunlit area. • Leave it undisturbed for a few days and let the roots develop. • Ultimately, water it regularly for the first year. This will help the roots develop properly.
So, have you made up your mind to make this lovely bunny ear cactus your’s?
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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!