5 Herbal Teas To Help You Stay Healthy This Monsoon!
I don’t know about you but this weather already has me sniffling. If that’s not enough, I’ve fallen ill all of three times this month. Since the monsoon season tends to wreak havoc on our immune system, it is essential for us all to know how to combat this. No, I’m not talking about hurrying off to the doctor to get yourself some prescription drugs or antibiotics. You can avoid all of that with some natural ingredients.
But if you aren’t feeling up to experimenting with those, there’s another way in which you can stay fit as a fiddle this season. The answer lies in two words: herbal tea. If you’re a lover of tea, this will definitely have you grinning away. A rainy day always has me brewing myself a cup of steaming tea or coffee. But now, I’m going to make sure that whatever’s in my cup is also healthy. And what better way to do that than by sipping on some hot herbal tea?
Scroll on to read about the 5 herbal teas to have this monsoon to keep sickness at bay.
1. Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is a great way to fight the common cold. It clears the respiratory tract and even helps heal allergies. What’s more, ginger tea is also good for the stomach. Contracting stomach-related problems during the monsoon is very common, and ginger tea can help combat this by improving blood circulation and ensuring proper absorption and digestion of food. To prepare this, add some ginger root to boiling water. Cover the utensil and let it simmer for a while. You can add a drizzle of honey or lemon for some zing after it’s done.
2. Green Tea
By now, I’m sure you know about the wonderful benefits of green tea. But sipping on a cupful during the monsoons is great for your body. Green tea can help flush out all the harmful toxins in the system, leaving you healthier. It is rich in antioxidants and can help fight common diseases and illnesses effectively. If you don’t like the taste of green tea, feel free to stir in a bit of sugar for improved taste.
3. Peppermint Tea
This is my personal favourite! If you love tea and the flavour of mint, you’re going to love this drink. Peppermint includes menthol as one of its key components. This menthol helps bring down fevers by kicking off external sweating, which helps the fever break quicker. It also cures an itchy throat and dry cough thanks to its antispasmodic quality. Doesn’t this sound like an ideal drink to have in the monsoons?
4. Chamomile Tea
If you’ve been stressed out lately, chamomile tea is an ideal option. It has a lot of relaxing properties that can help reduce stress. If you’re one of those who develops stress fevers, then brew yourself a pot of this tea STAT. It also helps fight common colds and aides digestive problems.
6. Basil Tea
Basil tea is something I believe we must all be drinking this season. Since time immemorial, tulsi leaves have been used in Ayurveda. This leaf has a ton of healing properties. It can cure a host of problems from headaches, colds, and fevers to heart diseases and lung problems. It can also be had when you’re feeling queasy or restless. Just boil some tulsi leaves in some water, pour it into a cup, and add some honey or lemon for better taste. However, it is healthier to consume it as is.