Greatest Dwelling Cures: From tulsi to ginger to cardamom, use these age-old herbs to say goodbye to monsoon-induced flu
The sudden temperature changes during the monsoon season make us more susceptible to colds and fevers. That Monsoon season is known to invite pathogens and viruses that can affect our health. Indians love tea anyway, and the monsoons are a perfect time for many of us to have a cup (or two) of hot masala herbal chai. Traditionally, herbs have been our first choice for curing and preventing flu, and herbal tea has always been our first choice for combating seasonal illnesses. Herbs recommended by our grandparents have impressed us with the medicinal values of beverages fortified with herbs.
Kavita Devgan, Nutritionist, Tata Tea Gold Care lists the herbs that are perfect for your cups to make them healthier and say goodbye to monsoon induced flu.
Mulethi, also called licorice, is traditionally used to relieve colds, coughs, boost immunity, and strengthen the liver. It helps loosen the mucus that is the main cause of chest congestion, colds, and coughs. The herb also protects our bodies from foreign microbes, pollutants, and allergies by boosting our immune systems. Mulethi contains active ingredients that relieve constipation, improve digestion, and help us achieve healthy intestines.
Brahmi is one of the most popular Ayurvedic ingredients. Also known as water hyssop or pennywort, it helps build a protective shield of vital nutrients and antioxidants in the body that helps fight infection and disease. Brahmi also helps relieve stress and anxiety
Almost every household has this herb plant. It is rich in vitamin C and zinc. It’s also antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal, and its combination of phytochemicals, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants like rosmarinic acid (a very good antimicrobial) helps fight respiratory ailments that range from a common cold to a cough to severe bronchitis and asthma .
Ginger is an evergreen spice and luckily a prominent ingredient in Indian cuisine. The herb is loaded with vitamin B6 and has various medicinal values due to the numerous antioxidants it provides. It is also an effective immunity booster due to the presence of the active ingredient gingerol.
Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices in the world and, with its unmistakable taste, goes well with both sweet and savory dishes. It provides manganese, which is known to strengthen the virus-fighting cells in the body and is also rich in several antioxidants and minerals. It also strengthens the intestines and helps with digestive problems.
(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on August 6th, 2021, 5:17 pm IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sport, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website Latestly.com).