Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
Monsoon not only calls for extra care of hair and skin but caution in 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 stay away from bad health conditions.
Listed down are a few
herbal drinks and how to make them easily at home
Golden milk: 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.
How to make it: Boil milk and water in 1:1 ratio. Add a pinch of turmeric, nutmeg, black pepper powder and two to three strands of saffron. Let it simmer till it reduces to half its quantity. Add jaggery to taste and sip on it hot or warm.
Kashaya: 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.
How to make it: 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 grated jaggery to it. Strain and drink it hot.
Peppermint tea: It is a refreshing way to boost your health. It has the ability to improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, aid in weight loss, and boost the immunity system.
How to make it: Boil two cups of water, let it sit for three to four minutes and heat two-three cups of water separately and add crushed mint leaves. Combine the two waters and drink.
Fennel and carom potion: According to ayurveda, fennel seeds possess agnikrut qualities – that which improves digestive strength. Carom seeds are rich in essential oils, phytochemicals, and minerals like copper that help treat dysentery or diarrhoea, stomach infections, and nausea that are typical of rainy season.
How to make it: 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.
Rose and honey tea: It makes immune system stronger as it is the good source of vitamin C which in turn safeguards you from various health conditions and combats the infection which comes in the monsoon season. It cures sore throat and diarrhoea which are common in monsoon.
How to make it: Boil the water, put rose petals in it for five to six seconds. Turn off the gas and let it infuse till the colour of the water becomes dark. Strain, add honey and drink.