Pune-based Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, a deemed to be university, has developed a herbal room freshener ‘Healthy Air’ which acts as an immunity booster and also helps to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The air freshener removes toxic fumes, cleanses air, and does not contain any synthetic solvent or surfactant in its formulation. Further, it also possesses stress and anxiety reducing capabilities upon breathing and helps in treating respiratory illness. Considering the blend of herbal extracts, the developed product acts as a natural insecticide, with no toxicity for the human body, and in addition also acts as a room freshener. The product also supports respiratory condition in a healthy way and does not affect brain neural sensing. It is useful for people who are suffering from allergic reactions, breathing problems like asthma, headache, nasal irritation, or soreness in the throat.
The product has been developed by Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering with various extracts of herbal oils like neem, neelgiri, camphor, dalchini, tulsi, lemon, turmeric, laung, ajwain, lavender, elaichi, turmeric, natural vetiver, raimuniya and pine oil. The product consists of a blended solution of the natural herbal oils, which instinctively acts as an immunity booster for the body, and exhibits anticancerous, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. The product can be used in any kind of rooms, conference halls, at public places, hospitals, malls, cinema halls, waiting lounges, etc. The technology transfer of this product is freely available for Indian technology start-ups and companies.
The commercial room fresheners which are available in the market mostly contain synthetic adsorbents, surfactants, disinfectants, oxidizers, allergens, and chemical air sanitizers which could affect the respiratory system. They also don’t contain any immunity boosting agents and do not possess the antibacterial properties. However, ‘Healthy Air’ is experimented in an aerodynamic state-of-the-art laser-based visualisation lab for understanding the flow profile, formation of primary aerosol particles, aerosol breakdown thresholds as a function of particle size, particle density, etc.