The monsoon season has kick-started dreadfully than the rest of the years because of heightened flu infections and contagious diseases. Boosting our immunity has become a primal part of our lifestyle to keep the body healthy.
Rain and warm drinks are a match made in heaven. A cup of hot fluid can soothe the soul and instantly refresh our mind and body. It is essential to stock up your pantry with healthy spices and herbs to brew delicious drinks. Spices have been an integral part of our kitchen because of their natural therapeutic benefits. This season, mix and match these spices and herbs to make delicious and remedial beverages to stay in good health.
5 Soothing Drinks to Calm Your Soul and Strengthen Immune System
1. Spice and Everything Nice
Drinking a cup of this spice mixed with water helps improve digestion. Having a clean and healthy gut will help prevent food-borne infections. Cloves, cinnamon, and anise are rich in manganese, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, calcium, and other essential nutrients. If you are prone to frequent bloating, constipation, or indigestion issues, have a blend of these spices in your kitchen.
The active component of cloves; eugenol is a great antioxidant that helps relieve oxidative stress. Shikimic acid, a rare active component in star anise, plays a vital role in combating flu, boosting immunity, and preventing viral diseases. Cinnamon is rich in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that help treat respiratory infections.
1 glass of milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp clove powder
1 tsp star anise powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp of raw honey
Recipe: Boil a glass of milk by adding the spices and salt. Simmer it for 5 minutes. Strain and mix in honey as required. Have this drink in the evening.
2. Herbal Tea to Beat the Flea
Ginger is one of the best herbs to improve digestion and boost our immune system. Adding a few drops of peppermint essence or dried mint leaves will heighten its benefits. Mint, lemon, and ginger tea is a great beverage to indulge on a rainy day. The calming properties of these herbs can relax your mind and make you feel refreshed.
Mint is rich in potassium, B vitamins, and antioxidants that help ward off illnesses, cold and flu during the monsoon season. Drink one cup of this herbal tea every day to help your body function properly to improve the immune system.
2 cups of water
1 tsp dry ginger powder
1 tsp dried mint leaves powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp of raw honey
Recipe: Boil water with ginger, dried mint leaves for 10 minutes. Strain and add lemon juice and raw honey, Mix well. Enjoy this herbal tea in the morning or after lunch.
3. Miracle Drink with Zinc
Rains make us crave for a cup of creamy and delicious hot chocolate. Why not make it healthy by infusing it with zinc?
Most of the commonly available hot chocolate brands use cocoa powder, milk powder, and powdered sugar in their ready-to-use mixes. Grab a bag of raw cacao powder this season to make instant hot chocolate without sugar and milk powder.
Raw cacao powder is a great add-on in smoothies, milk drinks, cereal, and yogurt bowls. It’s rich in zinc, a potent mineral responsible for boosting immunity in our body. Jaggery powder will help add iron to your body. Try this miracle drink with zinc to stay fit and healthy during this monsoon.
1 cup of milk/Almond milk
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp jaggery powder/ maple syrup
A pinch of salt
Recipe: Boil milk with raw cacao powder, vanilla, and jaggery powder for 5 minutes. Strain and add a pinch of salt. If you are using maple syrup, add it after straining. Enjoy this hot beverage on cold evenings.
4. Chia to Kill Diarrhea
Monsoons are known for deep-fried delicacies as we love to indulge in hot and crispy pakoras, bhaji and vada when it’s raining. This can probably leave us feeling bloated or in a spike of diarrhea. Diarrhea is a prominent symptom of common flu, food and water diseases, food poisoning, and contagious infections.
Drinking a glass of chia seed water every day can help ward off diarrhea. The seeds form gels in the digestive tract that helps absorb water to stop diarrhea. These water-absorbing properties of chia seeds make it an excellent drink to consume during the rainy season.
1 glass of water/lukewarm water
3 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp raw honey
Recipe: Mix everything in a jar and let it soak for an hour. Enjoy this drink in the mornings on an empty stomach. If you are suffering from diarrhea, drink this chia seed water instead of regular water every few hours to heal.
5. Golden Milk to Ward Off Cough
Walking on the rain-drenched streets or inhaling humid air makes our throat sore, often leading to a mild or severe cough. Drinking a warm drink infused with pepper and ginger will naturally help soothe a sore throat. Raw turmeric, ginger, and pepper are rich in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that help relieve symptoms of cough.
This creamy yellow drink is touted for its immune-boosting properties. Ginger extract and curcumin are powerful agents to fight against respiratory infections. Drink this milk every night to improve your calcium and Vitamin D levels and maintain a clear throat.
1 cup milk
½ cup of water
1 tsp raw turmeric powder
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp fresh ginger crushed/ dry ginger powder
1 tbsp brown sugar/ jaggery powder
Recipe: Bring milk and water to a boil. Add in the spices, sweetener, and simmer for 5-8 minutes. Strain and enjoy it hot at night before you sleep.