The sudden fluctuation of temperature during the monsoon season makes us more susceptible to the common cold and fever. The monsoon season is known for inviting disease-spreading germs and viruses which can take a toll on our health. Indians anyway love tea, and the monsoons are a perfect time for many of us to have a cup (or two) of hot masala herb chai. Traditionally herbs have been our go-to for curing and preventing flu, and herb-infused tea has always been our first choice for combatting seasonal ills. Herbs advised by our grandparents have inculcated in our minds the medicinal values of herb-infused beverages.
Kavita Devgan, Nutritionist, Tata Tea Gold Care lists the herbs that are perfect to add to your cups to make it more wholesome and to bid adieu to the monsoon induced flu.
Mulethi also known as liquorice has traditionally been used to aid cold, cough, boost immunity and strengthen the liver. It helps to loosen up the phlegm which is the root cause of chest congestion, cold and cough. The herb also protects our body from foreign microbes, pollutants, and allergies by boosting our immunity system. Mulethi has active compounds which help relieve constipation, improve digestion, and help us score a healthy gut.
Brahmi is one of the most popular Ayurvedic ingredients. It is also known as water hyssop or Indian pennywort and helps create a protective shield of vital nutrients and antioxidants in the body that helps in fighting infection and diseases. Brahmi is beneficial in relieving stress and anxiety as well
Almost every household has this herb plant. It is rich in vitamin C and zinc. Plus, it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and its combination of phytochemicals, bioflavonoids and anti-oxidants compounds, such as rosmarinic acid (a very good anti-microbial agent) helps combat respiratory illnesses ranging from a simple cold and cough to severe bronchitis and asthma.
Ginger is an evergreen spice and is luckily a prominent ingredient in Indian cooking. The herb is loaded with vitamin B6 and has various medicinal values due to the multiple antioxidants it delivers. It is an effective immunity booster too due to the presence of the compound Gingerol.
Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices in the world and its distinctive flavour complements both sweet and savoury dishes equally well. It delivers manganese, which is known to help boost virus-fighting cells in the body and is rich in multiple antioxidants and minerals too. Plus, it is a gut strengthener and helps relieve digestive problems.