10 ayurvedic tips to combat air pollution

By TNT Bureau

Dec 28, 2017: It is essential to protect yourself from today’s air pollution that has engulfed our cities and towns. The smoke haze is dangerous for our lungs and overall health. Here are some ayurvedic tips to survive this menace.


Dr Nitin Rajan Kochar (MD, ayurveda), and ayurveda consultant at KEM hospital, Mumbai, says that herbal preparations are effective in absorbing pollutants, and they also help to detoxify the effects of air pollution. If you wash your skin and hair with neem leaves boiled in the water, that will to protect from pollution. It will clear the pollutants stuck to skin and mucosal membrane. You can also eat three to four leaves twice a week to helps purify blood and lymphatic tissue.


Basil plant is found in every house to absorb the pollution. You should also drink 10-15 ml of basil juice to clear pollutants from the respiratory tract.


In the morning, on empty stomach, take half teaspoon turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon ghee or honey, suggests Dr Lipsa Shah, ayurveda consultant at Saifee Hospital, Mumbai.


Every day in the morning and before bedtime, put two drops of ghee (made from cow milk) in each nostril, to stay clear from pollutants. It is also beneficial to have two to three teaspoon of homemade ghee daily as it clears the toxic effects of metals like lead and mercury and does not allow them to accumulate in bones, kidneys and liver.


Pippali helps to purify the lungs that helps in easy breathing. Take ¼ teaspoon of ginger, ¼ teaspoon turmeric and 1/8 teaspoon pippali powder mixed in 1 tbsp honey and take it with warm water. This should be taken only for seven days, kids and infants cannot have this.


Pollution causes imbalance in tridosha, and triphala helps to restore the balance. It also improves immunity.

Pomegrante juice

Drink pomegranate juice as it purifies blood. It is also a cardio protective fruit.

Abhyangam massage

A daily full-body warm oil massage called Abhyangam acts as a rejuvenator of mind and body.

Inhale steam

Inhale steam with 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil or a drop of peppermint oil. This should be done for five minutes twice a day.

Breathing asanas

Practice breathing asanas like pranayam, kapalbhati and jal neti to fight the effects of pollution.

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