Ayurvedic houses or Ayurveda Bhavan for healthy living
The Handloom Weaver's Development Society (Balaramapuram) Kerala, India had launched a project of Ayurveda houses, designing houses made of building materials with ayurvedic prescriptions. The houses was built using organic, environmento-friendly materials. The building materials are locally available, climate conductive and eco-friendly based on original ayurvedic texts and traditional knowledge in architecture. Cement, sand and paint have been completely avoided.
Organic materials are important for a house because a true house has to breathe like any living organism. Only organic, eco-friendly materials can give a healthy atmosphere for those living in premises. Modern houses are made of chemicals and hazardous materials that are even radiation emitting. In Ayurveda houses the bricks and floor tiles are made of clay(organic); A mixture of medicinal herbs, lime and mud for plastering; and gums from the bark of trees for the floor.
The mixture used for plastering is composed of lime , mud and medicinal herbs. The function of lime is to keep the house warm during rainy season by heating up and it keeps the house cool in summers. The mud for bricks are collected strictly from uncontaminated places to ensure that it is purely organic. Then it is mixed with gums taken from the bark of trees and medicinal herbs. After that it is baked in a big oven called kiln to form bricks. Natural dyes made from red clay are used to color the bricks and the gums to give them a coating.
The only synthetic in the whole building is a sheet roof. Building a house purely with organic materials is time-consuming and costlier, but the society claims that the rooms in the house help the inhabitants gain natural immunity.