There are many things to love about the monsoons: steaming cups of masala chai, hot samosas and crispy pakoras, music and songs that sound good only when accompanied by heavy rain, curling up with a good book or lazing in bed with the sound of the downpour in the background.
But come monsoon, and it’s also common to hear people coughing and sniffing everywhere. This happens primarily because your body takes some time to adjust to the sudden change in the weather. During this time, your immunity is also at an all-time low, making you more prone to bacterial and viral infections. So, how can you stay safe and healthy during such seasonal changes? The answer lies in your diet.
What you eat, especially when laden with therapeutic herbs and spices, helps in building your inner strength and protects you from contracting ailments and infections. Here are four herbs and spices that you should try and befriend this monsoon.
A glass of warm milk with a pinch of turmeric – grandmothers across the country have long prescribed this as the go-to remedy regardless of the ailment. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, helps boost the immune system and helps your body fight bacteria and viruses. This is why turmeric may help treat a runny nose, sore throat, cough, flu and sinusitis. And for those of you who do not relish turmeric with hot milk, you may want to you use this vibrant spice liberally in your everyday cooking.
Ginger has an age-old, near-magical association with the monsoons. Who can say no to a steaming hot cup of ginger-laced tea on a damp and cold rainy day? Whether food or drink, ginger has the amazing ability to enhance the flavour and taste of everything to which it gets added. Along with scoring full marks on the taste front, ginger also offers vital health benefits such as easing congestion and enhancing the body’s digestive capability, which becomes sluggish during the rains. You may add ginger to your food and drinks either in the fresh or dry, powdered form.
Holy Basil, popularly known as Tulsi, is found in practically every household. This multi-purpose herb is known to provide relief from cold, cough, and chest congestion. Just add a few leaves to your everyday cup of tea. You can also make a decoction of some tulsi leaves, a few cloves, a medium-sized piece of ginger, and some peppercorns. Add a few drops of honey to this warm mixture, and sip it every morning.
Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng is a medicinal herb blessed with the goodness of Mother Nature. The monsoon brings along bouts of lethargy and laziness, and Ashwagandha is just the right herb to boost your energy levels. But how much Ashwangandha should you consume? It’s best to consult an expert who can recommend the ideal dosage based on your needs.
So, make these herbs and spices an integral part of your everyday routine, and they will see you through the monsoon hale and healthy.