It’s raining and what is more pleasurable than sitting on the window sill sipping a steaming cup of tea? The hot beverage relaxes and warms you. Originated in Southwest China, tea is one of the most popular beverages across the world. It was introduced to Europe in the 16th century and a large-scale production of tea was started later in India by the British. Although it is now used as a recreational drink, tea was initially used as a medicinal drink. Tea contains phytochemicals and polyphenol, which is a type of antioxidant. It has several health benefits, so here is a list of some easy-to-make herbal teas to stay healthy this monsoon.Also Read - Nuts, Seeds and Plant Oils Protect from Heart and Other Diseases, Says a Study
1. Basil tea
Holy basil is found in almost every Indian house. It is a powerful home remedy for many ailments like headache, cold and cough. The healing properties of basil or tulsi make it the perfect ingredient for herbal tea. Also Read - Covid 19 Booster Shot : WHO Recommends Booster Shots Of Covid Vaccine For Immunocompromised, Watch Video
How to prepare: Take a cup of water and boil it. Add in four to five leaves of tulsi and let it steep for couple of minutes. Strain it and drink it. You can consume it as it is or add in honey to make it sweet. (ALSO READ 5 ways using holy basil will give you healthy skin and hair). Also Read - Kids Can Spread The Emerging Variants of COVID-19, Confirms New Study
2. Ginger tea
Ginger is a miracle spice and has several health benefits. Ginger tea is an excellent remedy for cold and cough. It helps your body fight infections and clears the respiratory system. Ginger tea also keeps your stomach healthy during monsoon.
How to prepare it: Take a cup of water and boil it. Add in a few slices of ginger to the boiling water and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Strain the tea, add in some honey and drink it up.
3. Peppermint tea
Peppermint is known for its medicinal properties. Drinking peppermint tea will calm your mind and relax you. Peppermint improves digestion and is beneficial in getting rid of bad breath.
How to prepare it: Take two cups of water and boil it. Now, crush three to four peppermint leaves and crush it. Add the crushed leaves to the hot water and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Now, strain the tea and enjoy. (ALSO READ Top 6 ways to include more mint or pudina in your diet).
4. Green tea
Green tea is considered as one of the healthiest beverages on earth. Rich in antioxidants, green tea has several health benefits. It fights many common diseases and is effective in flushing out toxins from the body.
How to prepare it: Take a cup of water and boil it. Now, put some green tea leaves or a tea bag in a cup and pour in the hot water. Let it steep for about 5 minutes. Strain the tea and drink it as it is or add in a few drops of lemon juice and honey.
5. Lemongrass Tea
Lemongrass is a good home remedy for stomach pain, vomiting, fever, exhaustion and cough. It is used as a mild astringent and has anti-bacterial properties. Drinking lemon grass tea will refresh you.
How to prepare it: Take two fresh stalk of lemongrass and gently crush it using a rolling pin. Place it in a cup along with a tea bag and add hot water. Let it steep and then remove the stalk and the tea bag. Add a pinch of cinnamon powder and some honey to make it tasty.
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