Delhi air pollution: 5 effective home remedies to protect yourself from unhealthy smog

New Delhi:

With the pollution levels rising in the capital city of Delhi and nearby areas, people have started experiencing symptoms of cold, cough, fever and flu. These symptoms may range from runny nose, dry eyes, soar throat to wheezing, nausea, and headache among others.

To help you deal with Delhi’s toxic air and reduce your risk of health problems, we have compiled a list of home remedies that are effective and easy to prepare as well. These remedies will cleanse your lungs, improve digestion and immunity, and detoxify your body.


Jaggery has anti-inflammatory properties and is also a rich source of iron — which is why it is a good idea to included it in one’s diet as it boosts immunity. Iron-rich foods help improve the haemoglobin level in blood, which in turn increases its oxygen-carrying capacity. This helps cut down the acute effects of pollution.


Turmeric is known to have anti-bacterial properties, and should be consumed liberally in food. ‘Haldi wala doodh‘ is also said to help the body recover from infections. Just add a teaspoon of turmeric powder or paste to a glass of milk. Let it boil for 4-5 minutes. Consume it warm.


Have a spoon of warm ghee or just add it to your foods, such as chapatis and sabzi. You can also simply massage your nostrils and feet using some warm ghee. It is claimed that ghee, a class of clarified butter, can reduce the ill effects of pollutants, including lead and mercury, in the air.

Beta carotene

Beta carotene is needed to control inflammation that is caused due to the presence of free radicals and pollutants in the environment. Some good sources of beta carotene are coriander, fenugreek, lettuce and spinach. This carotenoid rich in antioxidants gets converted into Vitamin A when ingested, helping fight off the pollutants.

Herbal drink

Herbal teas, such as peppermint tea, are an excellent remedy to ease congestion in the respiratory tract. You can also add honey or jaggery to enhance the taste. Herbal teas are packed with antioxidants that can help you fight air pollution and keep you from certain diseases. Drink it everyday to stay fit and healthy


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