Summer is here in all it’s glory and we are trying to beat the heat in every way possible. Did you know that a certain set of spices and herbs also helps in cooling down one’s body and help you beat the heat in a natural and healthy way. While you might get the urge to gulp down something icy and cold, it also further adds to the body heat, making you feel groggy and dull. Check out the list of spices and herbs that help you beat the heat this summer!
Fennel: Popular as a mouth freshener, saunf is an excellent source of Vitamin C. It is known to calm the inflammation caused in the body due to the heat. It peps up the flow of digestive and gastric juices in the body.
Summer tip: Soak the fennel seeds in water overnight. Strain the water and drink up with a pinch of sugar, black salt, lemon and all that you fancy. This makes for an instant summer energizer.
Turmeric: One of the most healing spices on the planet and widely used in India, turmeric has a cooling effect during the summer. It also has health-boosting properties for the human body. An anti-inflammatory, liver cleanser, anti-allergen, blood purifier, cholesterol balancer, anti-bacterial, antimicrobial is a must have in your spice box. Turmeric is one of the best spices for avoiding toxic inflammation in the body, a condition that often peaks in summer time. It also stimulates the digestive process, boosts immunity and is great for cooling off overheated summer skin that may have been caused due to overexposure to heat and harmful UV rays. It reduces pain and swelling in the body. It cleanses the liver juices and purifies the blood. Turmeric also contains curcumin, a chemical that promotes healthy heart functions.
Cardamom: Cardamom, another excellent digestion aid, makes a great addition to a summer morning tea. Add a dash or two of cardamom to some chilled rooibos tea laced with almond milk for a cooling iced herbal beverage. Cardamom is also delicious when added to your morning smoothie, granola, or yogurt. It is known as the ‘tridoshic’ as it balances all the three energies or doshas in our body. It counteracts the excessive stomach acids. Ground cardamom seeds help to cure stomach cramps.
Coriander: Coriander is another staple that is most used and a staple spice in one’s kitchen. It tones down the excess of fire or pitta in our body caused due to the heat. Its high volatile oil content makes it a great relaxant and helps relieve anxiety. The powder, the seeds and the fresh leaves are packed with a vibrant nutritional punch. They improve appetite and aid digestion.
Ginger: While it may seem that this spice increases the heat and most of you may stop having ginger tea in the summers, fresh ginger actually has a cooling post-digestive effect on the body. Fresh ginger tea is also one of the best spices for keeping our digestion regular. Try drinking some fresh ginger tea throughout the day and in between the meals and see the effect. You may notice that your appetite is healthier, and your ability to successfully digest foods increases.
Mint: Mint is more than just a remedy for bad breath; in fact, this perennial herb is an excellent cooling spice. Picked fresh, mint makes an excellent heat-busting addition to a summer lemonade or fresh fruit salad. It is packed with menthol which acts as a remedy for indigestion and chest pains. It disperses the excess energy released due to the digestive process by opening up and activating the pores in the skin and thus reducing the aggravated pitta.
We get it! While drinking water might be very essential but it can get tiresome and boring. Here are a few recipes to help you drink more water and also help cool down your body during summers:
- Soak one teaspoon of any one of the following: fennel seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds or fenugreek seeds in half a litre of water for 4 to 5 hours or even overnight for better results.
- Strain the water and drink it throughout the day.