This winter, strengthen your immunity with herbal tea
- Aayushi Gupta
Updated : December 10, 2021 11:12 IST
A cup of tea during cold weather can charge your mind and body in no time. Try sipping on these teas to strengthen your immunity.
Keeping our bodies healthy and strong during winter can be a challenge! As much as one likes winter, the fact remains, it can take a toll on one’s health. Having a sore throat, cold, cough, body pain during winter is common and can make you curl up on the bed under a quilt. Thankfully, there are many wonderful and soothing types of herbal tea available that you can use to provide the support you need.
Herbal teas are considered warriors in the battle against poor health. And during wintertime, the kettle is always ready to boil. So because winter is here we’ve thought of suggesting some healthy and easy-to-make herbal teas.
“Herbal teas have always been a part of Asia’s curative culture (Especially nowadays during pandemic) owing not just to their taste but to their impressive range of health benefits, including boosting immunity, tells Deepti Khatuja, Clinical Nutritionist, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, to HealthShots.
Try these types of tea, according to Khatuja:
1. Turmeric tea
Turmeric is a bright orange root with a slightly bitter flavour and is often used in Indian cuisine. In India, it has been used for medicinal culture due to its curative properties. An active compound called Curcumin is responsible for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal qualities. Turmeric is loaded with antioxidants that can protect the body from free radicals and strengthen the immune system. It is effective against flu and cold. Adding lemon juice and honey to your turmeric tea will not just improve the taste, but also add essential phytonutrients and vitamin C.
2. Ginger teas
Like turmeric, ginger also contains antimicrobial properties that can help to boost your immune system and keep you safe and healthy. Ginger imparts a slightly sweet, slightly spicy flavor to tea blends, and is a popular ingredient in both caffeinated and herbal teas.
3. Licorice Root teas
Licorice root imparts a subtle sweetness to any tea it is added to. Licorice root has a wealth of health benefits, including antiviral and antimicrobial properties that can help to boost your immune system and keep you from getting sick. Licorice root should only be consumed in moderation, so be sure to limit yourself to only a few cups of tea with licorice root per day.
4. Peppermint teas
Peppermint is another popular herbal tea that can be consumed on its own or as an ingredient in both caffeinated and herbal blends. Peppermint is cool, minty, and soothing. It has antimicrobial and antiviral properties, and it’s also high in antioxidants along with a variety of other health benefits.
5. Lemongrass tea
Lemongrass is a common ingredient in a variety of tea blends that has a pleasant citrus flavor. Recent studies have shown that lemongrass has antibacterial properties that can help to protect the body against illness. Lemongrass is also high in antioxidants and can help to reduce inflammation.
6. Hibiscus tea
Teas that include hibiscus contain antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help to ward off illness and promote overall health. Hibiscus also has many other health benefits, including high levels of iron, antioxidants, and Vitamin C.
7. Black tea
Black tea contains catechins with antiviral properties that can help to keep you from getting sick. Like other types of tea made from the camellia Sinensis plant, black tea is high in antioxidants and has a variety of other health benefits, like soothing inflammation and boosting heart health.
These contain beneficial properties that can help to strengthen your immune system. While these are full of health benefits, they aren’t a replacement for professional medical treatment when sick. You should always seek the help of a medical professional if your health is off track. Also when these teas are combined with a healthy balanced diet provides the maximum health benefits. So, make them a part of your life and stay healthy this winter.