Monsoon is a season of increased microbial activities. All good and harmful bacteria thrive during these period. From now on until Diwali.
This is the same time when culture of this land prescribes जप,तप,यज्ञ. Minimum movement (less travel, more time at home). More time you spend at home, more you remain with bacteria suitable to your body (As per research, our home carried maximum healthy bacteria when proper ventilation is maintained). While at home, stabilize your mind. Do यज्ञ. More community driven यज्ञ. If you are invited to community fire rituals, participate!
यज्ञ = Medicinal herbs smoke.
Only risk in our times is: We really don’t get pure herb based dhoop or desi cow’s ghee and dung cakes for all rituals. We should put efforts in getting them. If you find nothing, you can use Ajwain for dhoop at home.
Medicinal Smoke (Havan) Reduces Airborne Bacteria*
As per this research paper:
“This study represents a comprehensive analysis and scientific validation of our ancient knowledge about the effect of ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products’ smoke for therapy and health care on airborne bacterial composition and dynamics, using the Biolog microplate panels and Microlog database. We have observed that 1h treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan sámagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room. Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae pv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”