Monsoon not only calls for extra care of hair and skin but caution with what you eat and drink. Experts suggest that herbal drinks made up of some of the common ingredients easily available in your kitchen can help you fight infections and stay healthy this season.
Golden Milk: Boil milk and water in 1:1 ratio. Add a pinch of turmeric, nutmeg, black pepper powder and 2-3 strands of saffron. Let it simmer till it reduces to half its quantity. Add jaggery to taste and sip on it hot or warm.
Health benefits: Monsoon brings along dengue, malaria and fever. This therapeutic drink is rich in antioxidants that will build up immunity, bring down inflammation and reduce protein and fluid loss from the body.
Kadha: To make the kadha/kashaya powder, dry roast coriander, cumin and fennel seeds in 4:2:1 ratio along with one tablespoon black peppercorn seeds. Grind these dry spices to a fine powder and store in an airtight jar. To make your brew, boil a glass of water and add one teaspoon Kashaya powder and one teaspoon of grated jaggery to it. Strain and drink it hot.
Health benefits: Kashaya is an ayurvedic drink that works as a decongestant and helps to clear the sinuses. It also has anti-bacterial properties that boost immunity.
Fennel and Carom potion: Add one teaspoon each of fennel (saunf) and carom (ajwain) seeds to boiling water and let it simmer for some time. Remove from flame and add honey to it. Drink this hot after your meal.
Health benefits: According to Ayurveda, fennel seeds possess 'Agnikrut' qualities -- that which improves digestive strength. Carom seeds are rich in essential oils, phytochemicals, minerals like copper that help treat dysentery or diarrhoea, stomach infections, nausea that are typical of the rainy season.
Peppermint tea: Boil two cups of water, let it sit for 3-4 minutes and heat two-three cups of water separately and add crushed mint leaves. Combine the two, water and drink.
Health benefits: It is a refreshing way to boost your health. It can improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, aid in weight loss, and boost the immunity system.
Rose and honey tea: Boil the water, put rose petals in it for 5-6 seconds. Turn off the gas, let it infuse till the colour of the water becomes dark. Strain, add honey and drink.
Health benefits: It makes the immune system stronger as it is a source of Vitamin c which guards you from various health conditions and combats infections which comes in the monsoon season. It cures sore throat and diarrhoea which are common in monsoon.