Pune institute develops ‘Healthy Air’ room freshener to check coronavirus spread

A Pune institute has produced a herbal-based room freshener to check the spread of COVID-19, the Union Ministry of Defence said on Thursday. The room freshener, called ‘Healthy Air’, consists of a blend of natural herbal oils, the Ministry said, adding that it can remove toxic fumes, cleanse the air, and also acts as an immunity booster.

According to a declaration from the Defence Ministry, ‘Healthy Air’ has been developed by the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, a Deemed to be University, Pune.

The product consists of extracts of herbal oils like Neem, Neelgiri, Camphor, Daalcheeni, Tulsi, Lemon, Turmeric, Laung, Ajwain, Lavender, Elaichi, Turmeric, Natural Vetiveru, Raimuniya, and Pine Oil.

The Ministry said ‘Healthy Air’ acts as an immunity booster and exhibits non-carcinogenic, non-toxic, non-mutagenic, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.

The statement said that the product removes toxic fumes, purifies the air, and makes it breathable.

“It possesses stress and anxiety-reducing capabilities upon breathing and helps in treating the respiratory illness,” the Ministry said, adding that it also acts as a natural insecticide.

The Ministry said, “The product can be used in any kind of rooms, conference halls, public places, hospitals, malls, cinema-halls, waiting lounges/rooms of airports/railway station. This product is packed in a container with wick also will be loaded in a dispenser.”

It added, “The technology transfer of this product freely available for Indian technology start-ups, and companies in its fight against the current pandemic.”

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