Monsoon, is not just a season, it’s a celebration, welcoming the arrival of gentle skies, cool breezes and blissful showers. It spreads relief and elation, drenching the parched soil and souls with each relieving drop. A season favoured exhilaratingly, especially in the Indian Subcontinent, it lifts the summer gloom and bids farewell to months of dry and scorching heat. Immunity boosters in their own right, these are the common flu fighters found on your kitchen shelves.
Herbal Tea is made from the edible parts of a huge range of non-tea plants, which include its leaves, seeds, fruits, roots, spices, flowers and bark. It is renowned for the medicinal benefits it endows on one’s body and soul. A mesmerising brew of sugar, spice and all things nice, it enriches you with wellness and overall good health.
The Kindred Souls
Monsoon and Herbal Tea have a rich association, history testifies it. A cup of tea enriches the whole experience of the monsoon season on one hand and nullifies the health menaces that it brings with it, earning its title as ‘the official beverage of the season’.
Immunity boosting flu fighters in the monsoons
1.Ginger Tea: Ginger tea is one of the most loved Monsoon Chai, especially by Indians. Ginger Tea recipe is easy and is brewed the same way as any other herbal tea, its charm lies in the fact that it is loved equally with and without milk. Soothing to taste, reviving the mind and body, it is an excellent companion of the season. It helps to treat against common cold, and cough, fights against infections, improves blood circulation and is good for your stomach health and respiratory health.
2.Chamomile Tea: Made from the leaves and flowers of Chamomile plant, Chamomile tea helps to treat insomnia, boosts your immunity, reduces inflammation, and provides relief from pain and digestive disorders.
3.Peppermint Tea: Fresh or dried Peppermint leaves are used to make this refreshing potion. It helps to provide relief from a range of digestive disorders and maintains its smooth functioning. It also helps to treat nausea, cold and possesses anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
4.Basil Tea: A common component of almost every Indian household, Basil leaves have a long history of being used for medicinal purposes. Tea brewed from them is effective to treat headache, cold, cough, diabetes, stress, anxiety and depression. Apart from that, it is good for immunity, digestion, skin, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to detox the body.
5.Lemongrass Tea: Characterised by its signature elevating and soothing aroma, Lemongrass Tea boosts digestive health and metabolism, it is rich in antioxidants, helps in treating cold, flu, oral infections and cavities, regulates blood pressure, and helps to maintain skin and hair health.
6.Rose Tea: Made from dried rose petals, Rose Tea boosts digestion, immunity, improves sleep, helps to soothe respiratory infections, cures sore throat, and is extremely beneficial for skin.
7.Lemon Balm Tea: Made from the leaves of Lemon Balm plant, it helps to reduce stress, anxiety, treats insomnia, boosts digestive and cognitive functions, helps to treat nausea, boosts heart and skin health.
8.Rosehip Tea: This tea is brewed from the fruit of the rose plant. Rich in vitamin C, it is good for skin health, prevents aging and boosts the immune system. It also helps in weight management and possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
9.Garlic Tea: Made from Garlic Cloves, it is an excellent concoction to treat cold, congestion and cough, and boosts immunity, it is also good for heart health and fights infections.
Brewing each cup of tea is like a sacred ritual; an offering for good health. For all of the above mentioned variants of Herbal Tea, firstly, choose the flavour you are most likely to enjoy. Use one teaspoon of the mixture for every cup and brew and seep it in boiling water for five to ten minutes, strain and enjoy.
To get a stronger flavour you can steep it more.
To bring in variety, you could also try blends such as Rose in Bloom, Camomile infusion, Pure Mint, Moroccan Mint, and Kashmiri Kahwa. Herbal Tea is mostly made without milk but it could be added based on subjective preferences.
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Making a good cup of tea is a work of art. The factors affecting the richness of your brew are:
- The quality of raw herbs being used.
- The duration of brewing, the oils within the plants intensify the flavours as you brew them.
- The water being used to make the tea.
- The whole process of brewing, the temperature, teapot, teacup, and tea infuser can also affect the flavour of your tea.
Each cup of these teas, nourish, rejuvenate and help to make you stronger and healthier. Pick the ones that cater to your palate and blend well to celebrate and personalise in this blessed season of Monsoon.
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