It’s the cold and flu season, with the added threat of Covid-19. While it’s expected to stock up on the common flu fighting OTC meds, we know that it’s highly essential to strengthen our immunity. Did you know the humble tea plays a big role here? Tea when consumed daily can protect you from viruses and germs. Bala Sarda, the founder of Vahdam India, a homegrown premium tea brand, suggests four herbal teas that you should add to your diet for boosting immunity.
What are Herbal Teas?
“Herbal Teas are a concoction of one or more herbs, spices, florals, or other botanicals that are brewed in hot water. The term ‘teas’ attached here is actually a misnomer as herbal teas don’t contain any tea at all, but are only made of botanical ingredients,” explains Bala.
Herbal teas are known for a plethora of health benefits, ranging from congestion relief, boosting immunity, inducing sleep, and improving metabolism. He suggests that a sip of these delicious teas in the evenings or as a midday elixir of good health is a great alternative to regular caffeinated drinks. “One can also drink it post a heavy meal to boost the digestion process,” he adds.
An age-old superfood, ginger has been used in healing potions and health elixir since a long while now. It contains Gingerol, an active component that makes it a perfect immunity booster. Ginger also has anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties, which help fight infections and keep several ailments at bay.
Chamomile flowers have been revered throughout history for their golden properties of inducing sleep and promoting calm. It also helps promote digestive health and regulate blood pressure.
Mint teas are not only utterly refreshing but they also have several health benefits. It’s known to have a relaxing effect on the digestive system. It provides relief from bloating and other gastric issue. Mint teas also help in inducing sleep and as we all know, good sleep leads to less stress and better health.
The ultimate superfood, Turmeric is an ancient ingredient that has been used in Ayurveda ( the traditional Indian medicine) for more than 5000 years! Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that help boost immunity.
Hibiscus is rich in Vitamin C that helps fight cold and flu. It also has antioxidants in abundance, which fight free radicals that cause damage to your body cells. Hibiscus can also keep bacterial infections at bay.