Natural Sounds

The sound of nature- the birds song, the flowing waterfall, the rainforests sounds….you could imagine them in your head as the words appear in front of you!!

And recalling the times when you were away from the crowd and anthropogenic activities creates a series of refreshing scenarios.

In the present time, when one is surrounded with the smoky industries, heavy traffic sounds and huge buildings around, these things adversely affects the behavior, physiology and fitness of human beings. Thus, there is a need of spending some time in the fresh air to let our inner soul breathe in peace.

Advantage of Natural Sound

According to the latest scientific research, the natural sound changes the behaviour of synapse (which joins neurons with each other for transmission of electrical signals from our body parts to brain and vice versa) because of which the nervous connection across the body improves.

Moroever, the natural sound decreases the sympathetic responses and increases the parasympathetic responses responsible for regulation of unconscious activities like digestion, breathing etc thus, enabling the natural nervous control of body.

The natural sounds

  • Impart positive vibes.
  • Enhance focus and concentration of individual.
  • Create moment of peace.

Application of Natural Sound

By mixing live instruments and natural sounds sleep and music for meditation has been created to produce a sense of being close to nature, improve sleeping patterns and for effective meditation.

Sleep Music

Here, I have attached a playlist on natural sounds on spotify. (Ofcouse, you can find much more music there)

Playlist on Natural Sounds

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Mosses Are Good!!!

Moss spread over ground.
Patches of moss on wall
Patches of moss on wall
Moss spread over ground

📌Mosses are the tiny plants having no root rather they have root like structures called rhizoids.

📌They are found everywhere except for the salty areas.

📌They lack vascular tissues. They do not flower.

📌They grow at the places which are not polluted thus, acting as pollution indicators. Their only source of nutrient is the air so the quality of air determines their growth.

📌They evolved from the algae and are the first land plants who inhabited the Earth.

📌They have very important ecological significance as they avoid soil erosion by strongly binding with the soil.

📌They were used as bandages in the First World War to heal the soldiers because of their antiseptic properties.

📌They spread in large areas and have texture of carpet.

Indoor Air Pollution

We mostly think the carbon emissions and the wastes from industries as the source of air pollution. But, most of our daily needs items are a cause of air pollution as they release many harmful chemicals into the air, belonging to a class of compounds called volatile organic compounds or VOCs.

VOCs are the vapors or gases released from certain solids or gases, mainly the derivatives of petroleum and other fossil products. It has been found out that the concentration of VOCs in indoor air is much higher than that in outdoor air. These compounds easily evaporate and so, they remain suspended in the air, react with other gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide etc forming many lung irritating fine particulates in air. They also form ozone. The same ozone layer of stratosphere which protects us from UV rays becomes poisonous at ground level as it reacts with other particulates and gives rise to harmful chemical smog. Thus, in all these ways VOCs come out to be deadly.

VOC’s major sources are petroleum and other fossil products but, they are also released by a wide number of daily household products, briefly discussed as follows:

The chemical vapors of formaldehyde (mutagen and carcinogen), benzene (which is carcinogen) and trichloroethylene are released by household cleaners and paints.

The sweet smelling perfumes and deodorants also emit many lung irritating particulates.

The newly formed furnitures and cabinet.

Combustion of fuel, woods and coals produce major of VOCs.

Some other sources are shampoo, hairspray, air fresheners, cleaning sprays, laundry detergent, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer.

So, want a clean indoor air?? Say Yes to Plants!!! Here’s how they help!!!

Plants purify the indoor air through a mechanism called phytoremediation, in which the VOC’s are utilized by the plant tissues and roots and transported to the microorganisms present in the soil and in association with plant roots to be metabolized.
Plants also remove harmful ozone from the ground air.
These plants have greater ability to use the sunlight for their metabolism as they belong to the tropical rainforest, where they have to compete for the sunlight among the forest canopy.

Although all the plants have ability of air purification but the few plants, mostly herbs very effective in purification of indoor air are listed below with their scientific names:

Dwarf banana- Musa cavendishii.
Chrysanthemum- Chrysantheium morifolium

Bamboo palm- Chamaedorea seifrizii.
Weeping fig- Ficus benjamina.
English ivy- Hedera helix.
Peace lily- Spathiphyllum.
Species of philodendron- Philodendron sp.
Aloe vera- Aloe barbadensis.

The research of NASA scientists suggested that about 15-18 medium size plants for a house of 1800 to 2000 square ft is efficient for removing indoor air pollutants. Moreover, if the lower leaves of plants are removed, making the soil more exposed to air improve the purification process.

Besides these herbs, we can also opt for the herbal environment friendly and chemicals free products for daily needs. Now a days herbal products are much preferred.

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