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Tulsi, the name itself has an essence of every Indian household.

Endowed with not only loads of health benefits qualities but also has an important position in the Hindu religious tradition.

Tulsi or Holy Basil is a consort of god Vishnu in Hindu Mythology, thus found in most of the households of a Hindu family. Apart from religious importance, this sacred tulsi plant serves as an Ayurvedic remedy for a lot of common ailments.

Each part of this holistic plant is blessed with some miraculous medical properties. Most of us have this herb (used as medicine) in our armpit but we make chaos in the whole city. So let us look at some of the special medical qualities of Tulsi.

  • Cures Fever: Basil leaves act as a fast cure for fevers. During the rainy season when malaria and dengue fever are most common, tender leaves, boiled with tea act as preventive against these diseases. The anti-pyretic properties (ability to bring lower temperature) of basil help in bringing the fever down. Usually one or two ounces tulsi juice, thrice a day is very effective.
  • Fights cough: Chewing tulsi in empty stomach relieves cold and flu. It also helps to muster mucus in bronchitis and asthma. During Breathing problems, it can be mixed with camphor and can be applied on the chest for comfortable breath.
  • Cures sore throat: During an acute sore throat, boil tulsi leaves with water and gargle. This can be very operational in reducing the sore.
  • Relieves Headache: Crushed leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can be applied on the forehead, its cooling effect provides a great relief.
  • Cures eye disorders: Two drops of black basil juice put into eyes daily is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night-blindness.
  • Fights Bad Breath: It acts as an excellent medicine for bad breath. It can be mixed with mustered oil to make a paste and apply on gums. It can also be used as toothpaste.
  • Fights skin disorders: Basil juice is beneficial in the treatment of ringworms in the stomach. Some neuropaths also use it in the treatment of leucoderma.
  • Cures insect bites: The queen of herbs is preventive and curative for insect bites. A paste of fresh roots applied on the affected area helps to cure it.
  • Kidney Stones: Basil has a strengthening effect on the kidney. In the case of renal kidney stones, the extract of basil leaves mixed with honey, if taken regularly for 6 months it will expel them out via the urinary tract.
  • Alleviates Stress: This is one of the most protruding problems among people. Consuming 12 Tulsi leaves daily which also act as anti-depressant helps in stress management.

We saw several beneficiaries’ of this small herbal plant. Everyone should be able to extract the most of this free medicine which can be found right at your home. Also, this has no Sid effects so +1 to health.

Chewing tulsi daily keeps many diseases away from home. (Inputs from Aakash Sinha)(Image-Homeayurveda.com)

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Diesel Exhaust Converted Into Ink by Indian Innovators To Battle Air Pollution

Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

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Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

In a cabin, young engineers pore over drawings and hunch over computers as they explore more applications of the technology that they hope will aid progress in cleaning up the Indian capital’s toxic air – among the world’s dirtiest.

While the millions of cars that ply Delhi’s streets are usually blamed for the city’s deadly air pollution, another big culprit is the massive diesel generators used by industries and buildings to light up homes and offices during outages when power from the grid switches off – a frequent occurrence in summer. Installed in backyards and basements, they stay away from the public eye.

“Although vehicular emissions are the show stoppers, they are the ones which get the media attention, the silent polluters are the diesel generators,” says Arpit Dhupar, one of the three engineers who co-founded the start up.

The idea that this polluting smoke needs attention struck Dhupar three years ago as he sipped a glass of sugarcane juice at a roadside vendor and saw a wall blackened with the fumes of a diesel generator he was using.

It jolted him into joining with two others who co-founded the start-up to find a solution. Dhupar had experienced first hand the deadly impact of this pollution as he developed respiratory problems growing up in Delhi.

An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.
An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.

A new business

As the city’s dirty air becomes a serious health hazard for many citizens, it has turned into both a calling and a business opportunity for entrepreneurs looking at ways to improve air quality.

According to estimates, vehicles contribute 22 percent of the deadly PM 2.5 emissions in Delhi, while the share of diesel generators is about 15 percent. These emissions settle deep into the lungs, causing a host of respiratory problems.

After over two years of research and development, Chakr has begun selling devices to tap the diesel exhaust. They have been installed in 50 places, include public sector and private companies.

The technology involves cooling the exhaust in a “heat exchanger” where the tiny soot particles come together. These are then funneled into another chamber that captures 70 to 90 percent of the particulate matter. The carbon is isolated and converted into ink.

Among their first clients was one of the city’s top law firms, Jyoti Sagar Associates, which is housed in a building in Delhi’s business hub Gurgaon.

Making a contribution to minimizing the carbon footprint is a subject that is close to Sagar’s heart – his 32-year-old daughter has long suffered from the harmful effects of Delhi’s toxic air.

Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.
Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.

“This appealed to us straightaway, the technology is very impactful but is beautifully simple,” says Sagar. Since it could be retrofitted, it did not disrupt the day-to-day activities at the buzzing office. “Let’s be responsible. Let’s at least not leave behind a larger footprint of carbon. And if we can afford to control it, why not, it’s good for all,” he says.

At Chakr Innovation, cups, diaries and paper bags printed with the ink made from the exhaust serve as constant reminders of the amount of carbon emissions that would have escaped into the atmosphere.

There has been a lot of focus on improving Delhi’s air by reducing vehicular pollution and making more stringent norms for manufacturers, but the same has not happened for diesel generators. Although there are efforts to penalize businesses that dirty the atmosphere, this often prompts them to find ways to get around the norms.

Also Read: Exposure to Traffic-Related Pollution Poses Threat of Asthma in Kids

Tushar Mathur who joined the start up after working for ten years in the corporate sector feels converting smoke into ink is a viable solution. “Here is a technology which is completely sustainable, a win-win between businesses and environment,” says Mathur. (VOA)

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