Winters are cool, dry and always associated with health problems like joint pains, cough, cold and fever. Winter season effects low immunity people very easily. Although cough is itself not a disease but the immediate reflux of some unwanted irritants like smoke, pollens and dust and foreign particles in the air passage of the body. Long periods of cough lead to fatigue, dizziness and also wheezing. From the early ages of time, the use of herbal decoctions as a barrier to fight against these abnormalities in the body is prevalent.
There are different types of teas which are helpful in overcoming the effect of cough and cold in winters. A few of them include:
1. Ginger Tea
Ginger is the first and preferable tea due to its warming and caffeine free qualities. This tea has anti-inflammatory action along with its ability to fight against cough, cold and fever. Ginger keeps us warm and boosts the immunity. A few inches of ginger boiled in a cup of water for few minutes and then mixed with honey will soothe the throat. This is also beneficial for digestion and weight management.
2. Tulsi Tea
Tulsi is a holy plant and from ancient times its benefits are mentioned in Ayurveda. Tulsi leaves are useful in all forms – dry or fresh. Tea of Tulsi is not only helpful in respiratory problems like cough and cold but also reduces fever, body ache, nausea like conditions. Consumption of Tulsi leaves mixed with black pepper are proven to give the desired results. Drinking Tulsi tea on a regular basis helps in maintaining the sugar levels and keeping stress at bay. The antimicrobial actions of tulsi are also helpful in relieving toothaches and preventing mouth smell.
3. Lemon Tea
Lemon tea is one of the favourite teas famous in colder regions. It is also taken in the form of kahwa by mixing it with black tea or green tea. Sometimes different flavours like almond, fennel, carom seeds are added to it to make it more beneficial and tasty. Since it is a good source of ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamin C, it improves digestion and is helpful in treating cough, fever, dry skin, and urinary tract infections. It also acts as a good immunity booster.
Ashwagandha is a well known medicinal plant having multiple properties. Consumption of a tea wherein Ashwagandha roots are boiled in water and then mixed with honey helps in boosting immunity, body ache, cough and low energy levels. Ashwagandha Tea also acts as a nervine tonic.
5. Mulethi Tea
Mulethi is widely used for medicinal purpose. It is highly effective in strengthening our immune system. Mulethi tea is good for digestion, dry wet cough, anti-inflammatory thus useful in body ache and relieving constipation. Mulethi Tea is also helpful in alleviating stress and providing relief in stomach ache due to its stress relevant and antibiotic qualities.
One can enjoy the coldness of winter season with a hot cup of these soothing teas for the betterment of health and overcoming the side effects of winters.