Summer is here, and it’s more sweltering than ever. Say no to caffeine-laced coffees and tea this season and opt for these healthier options that will also cool your body down in the scorching heat.
Sappanwood tea: Found widely in most Malayali kitchens, sappanwood is the heartwood of a medicinal tree. To beat the tropical heat, people in Kerala boil drinking water with shavings of sappanwood for its therapeutic and cooling benefits. Head out to your nearby Kerala stores and ask for ‘Pathimugam’ or ‘Karingali.’
Barley tea: Barley is eaten in many countries during summers for its cooling effects.Boil a teaspoon of barley in two cups of hot water for a refreshing barley tea. Barley helps control blood sugar levels  and is rich in lignans, antioxidants that lowers cancer and heart diseases. 
Fennel tea: Fennel or sauf is a tried-and-tested ingredient used all over the country for the purpose of dousing body heat. Fennel tea can be prepared by boiling a teaspoon of seeds in water. The pleasant taste is of course a bonus!
Hibiscus tea: Hibiscus tea is prepared by boiling dried hibiscus flowers in water. It has a distinct sour taste and is a brilliant, ruby red in colour. Known for its antioxidant content and cholesterol-fighting and liver-cleansing properties, hibiscus tea can be a great replacement for your morning cuppa.
Sabja tea: Sabja is our go-to ingredient during summers. Used widely for its cooling properties, sabja seeds can be added to a hot cup of water and sipped to beat the summer heat. If the bland taste doesn’t interest you, try adding some mint leaves or lemon for flavour.
Coriander tea: The humble coriander seeds as a base for many a spice mix in India and is known for its anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties.  Did you know that a cup of freshly brewed coriander tea can also cool you down? Just boil a teaspoon of coriander seeds in water and presto! Your cooling tea is done.
Mint tea: Nothing says “cool” like mint does. Bruise a few leaves gently and add to cup of steaming water and sip on it. Add a few drops of lemon to enhance the taste.