Over the last 1 year, ever since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic, we have come across many recipes for ‘kadhas’ & ‘kashayams’ that have honestly either made us run in the opposite direction or our grandmothers have forcefully made us drink them for our immunity. While it’s not completely wrong, kadhas & kashayams have many nutritional benefits that can keep some seasonal infections at bay. 

Herbal teas can also be a great way to incorporate herbs in your diet that can help fight infections & provide great nutritional value. India has a variety of herbs that are used by our mothers & grandmothers in their ‘nushkas’ that have helped us fight off a cold or a blocked sinus overnight. Here are some easy herbal tea recipes that you can enjoy while you enjoy the monsoon from your home:

Ginger Lemon Tea

With the change in weather, many of us are susceptible to painful migraines that bring along with it some nausea & headaches. Ginger & lemon are known to have properties that may help deal with nausea. According to research, ginger is known to have some pain-relieving properties that benefit some people who experience migraines & headaches. Lemon, on the other hand, is a great source of Vitamin C and can help curb nausea and digestive problems.

Here is how you make ginger lemon tea:

  • Thinly slice 1 inch of fresh ginger in the size of your thumb nail
  • Add it to 250ml of boiling water & let it steep for 3 - 5 minutes
  • Strain it into a cup & add squeezed half lemon
  • Mix well & enjoy
  • Optional: You could add some sugar if you like the flavour

Tulsi Turmeric Tea

The holy grail of Indian Ayurveda, Tulsi, is a commonly used ingredient in all our health-based recipes. Concerns from pain relief to digestive issues to seasonal flu, tulsi has been a go-to for many people. It is also a widely-used ingredient in kadhas. On the other hand, turmeric is a widely used ingredient in Indian cooking. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial and used internally & externally in various alternative therapies.

Here is how you make tulsi turmeric tea:

  • Add 10 - 15 freshly picked tulsi leaves in 250ml of boiling water
  • Steep for 1 - 2 minutes and add ½ tsp of turmeric powder and mix well
  • You can drink the tea & chew on the leaves too in the end

Mint Tea

Those who love chewing on mints have definitely been told by their mothers to chew on the mint leaves (a) pudina available at home. The mint leaves are a great mouth freshener and refresh your breath after a meal or at any point in the day. Other than that, it also helps deal with a sore throat & digestive problems. 

Here is how you make mint tea:

  • Tear up 15 - 20 mint leaves and add it to some hot water
  • Mix the water well & let it steep for 7 - 10 minutes
  • You can choose to strain the leaves or consume them and drink the tea

Lemongrass Ginger Tea

Lemongrass is a commonly used ingredient in milk teas that Indian households usually start their days with. It is a great astringent and has anti-bacterial properties that can help with fever, stomach pain and exhaustion. Ginger has great pain-relieving properties and helps soothe an upset stomach or a sore throat.

Here is how you make lemongrass ginger tea:

  • Pick 3 - 4 fresh lemongrass leaves & cut them into small pieces of 1-inch each
  • Thinly slice 1 inch of fresh ginger in the size of your thumb nail
  • In 250ml of boiling water, add the lemongrass leaves & ginger and let it steep for 4 - 5 minutes
  • Strain the tea into a cup and enjoy your tea

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