Monsoon Health: Try This Neem Tea To Keep Infections At Bay
- Aanchal Mathur
Updated : August 08, 2022 04:08 IST
Neem leaves come loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antiseptic properties
The change of season always comes with its own set of pros and cons. Monsoon for instance, is one season that is beautiful, but also has its own share of viruses and infections coming our way. While we love the rainfall and soothing weather, the monsoon also brings along several diseases that often become concerning for all. From cold, flu, gut infection to viral fever, etc., are a few of the most common seasonal health issues we face with the onset of this weather. And no matter how much we crave the piping hot chai-pakoda combination and other lip-smacking street food we find, experts always suggest keeping those cravings at bay, and tweaking our daily diet to keep up with the season and our overall health. And when we say tweak in the diet, it definitely means switching over to some healthy foods full of seasonal goods. While the goodness of seasonal produce can’t be denied, we also need to include several other ingredients that are enriched with essential nutrients. One such amazing ingredient is neem leaf.
Yes, we know how the mention of neem might make you think of all things bitter, but you just cannot ignore the health benefits of it. In India, neem has been a part of our traditional medical practice for ages, and there has to be a strong reason behind it. Loaded with antiseptic and anti-viral properties that help heal wounds (both internal and external), neem has been hailed even in Ayurveda. As per Ayurveda, neem helps balance our ‘vata’ or neuromuscular disorders, and further helps flushing out toxins from blood and enhances the activity of free radical waste.
While we know consuming a neem leaf is not always preferred by all, we have a neem tea recipe that is just the perfect solution. It is sure to aid you in keeping monsoon ailments at bay. Here’s what you can do.
- Add 3-4 neem leaves in ½ cup of water, along with half-inch crushed ginger.
- Let it boil for 5-10 minutes.
- Strain in a cup, and serve hot.
- You can mix some honey for flavour.
Here are the health benefits of consuming neem tea.
1. Good for gut-health
Being a rich source of fibre, regular consumption of neem in the form of tea can help promote digestion and bowel movement. It also helps cleansing the gut and promotes a healthier gut.
2. Boost immunity
Neem leaves come loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antiseptic properties. All these factors help prevent free radical damages in our body, boosting immunity.
3. Helps to maintain heart health
Studies show that regular consumption of neem leaves may help manage cholesterol levels in our body. This, in turn, promotes instant decrease in blood pressure, lasting for many hours. These factors further help manage heart health.