5 Herbal Teas To Supercharge Your Immunity This Monsoon Season

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Embrace the sultry winds and pleasant splashes of monsoon while safeguarding your immune system from its infamous challenges. Most of us tend to fall sick during this season. Don’t let the season dampen your health. Break free from this monsoon pattern by adopting the easiest way to increase your immunity with herbal teas. Immerse in the joy of sitting on your balcony, enjoying the rain while savoring the soothing blend of nature’s goodness in a steamy cup.

Here is a list of herbal teas to keep sickness at bay this monsoon. With readily available ingredients in your kitchen, these herbal beverages will boost your immunity.

Ginger Tea
Ginger has been the panacea for multiple cold-related problems since immemorial. Ginger is not only good for your stomach, but it also improves blood circulation. It helps clear the respiratory tract and can solve several allergies[1].
Preparing ginger tea is no difficult task. All you need to do is add some ginger root to boiling water and cover it briefly. A tinge of lemon afterward, and your tea is ready.

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Honey and Rose Tea
A great supply of Vitamin C, this drink promises to protect you throughout the monsoon. Rose and honey tea can also cure sore throat and diarrhea, both common symptoms in the rainy season.
To make this tea, add a few rose petals to boiling water. After 5-6 seconds, shut the gas. Allow it to infuse till the water turns a darker shade. Strain and add some honey, and you are good to go.

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Peppermint Tea
Peppermint isn’t just refreshing; it also improves digestion, eliminates inflammation, reduces pain, cures bad breath, and improves immunity. Peppermint, a mentha species, has a component named menthol that helps bring down fever[2].
Make a refreshing peppermint tea in minutes! Crush 6-7 peppermint leaves and place them in a cup. Pour hot water (not boiling) into the cup and allow it to infuse for 7-12 minutes. Remove the leaves, and voila! Your invigorating peppermint tea is ready to be enjoyed.

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Green Tea
Consuming green tea is an admirable habit all year round but during monsoon, it becomes a necessity. Rich in antioxidants, green tea helps the body exponentially in fighting diseases[3]. It aids the body’s system in flushing harmful toxins and making you healthier.
To savor green tea’s goodness this monsoon, take a teaspoon of tea leaves and place them in a strainer. Position a cup beneath the filter and carefully pour hot water over it. Within moments, your perfect cup of green tea will be ready to rejuvenate your senses!

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Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is your ideal companion this monsoon to beat stress and get good sleep. It has sleep-inducing and calming properties that help you relax and avoid stress[4]. It also helps fight the common cold and enhances the digestive system.
While Chamomile Tea can be brewed with dried Chamomile flowers, it is more convenient to opt for Chamomile tea bags which are readily available in the market. Infuse the tea bag into a cup of boiling water, let it stay there for five minutes, and as it is, your Chamomile tea is ready for consumption. A small quantity of honey or sugar can be added to these herbal teas for an improved taste. However, it is recommended to intake them without any added ingredients for better benefits.

Immerse yourself in the goodness of these teas with each sip nourishing and revitalizing your body. Experience the joys of the monsoon season while fortifying yourself against its associated illnesses.
Happy Monsoons!

(The article is written by Dr.Subita Alagh, Senior Executive, and reviewed by Monalisa Deka, Senior Health Content Editor)

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