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WELLNESS IN A CUP
The whimsical winter is around the corner. Though it is the most wonderful time of the year, the first winter breeze comes with unpleasant ailments like cold and flu. Thankfully, we have piping hot herbal tea as our BFF to tuck into especially during the winter days. Prepared as tasty tea, the herbal infusions warm us up from inside, as well as release the chill from the hands.
According to Ayurveda, the herbs are classified as warm, neutral, or cold; knowing which is which is the key here. So, what are the common herbs that can be steeped into a warming infusion?
You would have probably seen it in your kitchen cupboard. But, never tried? Correct? Wondering how this brownish seed can do wonders?
Since ancient days, fennel has been used as a medicine all over the world. Rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C, and D, amino acids, and numerous other nutrients, fennel, undoubtedly, possess a bounty of health benefits yet inexpensive.
Throw some fennel seeds into a pot of boiling water and let the volatile oils blend with water. Your hot cup of fennel tea is ready to boost immunity, reduce flatulence, and settle your stomach.
Grab a cup of ginger tea to beat the cold in the freezing winter. With its high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals, fresh peeled ginger is warming. From relieving congestion to improving blood circulation, you can simply believe this super-root.
A little comfort cup of peppermint infusion is excellent for your body and your mind. Menthol and rosmarinic acid found within its leaves have been shown to help with asthma. Peppermint counteracts congestion, runny nose and fever are all typical symptoms of a cold or flu.
- Star Anise
The age-old exotic spice has been an unavoidable part in Asian and Eurasian cooking. And, t’s time to take this out into your cup. The super spice contains shikimic acid, which is used in flu treatment. Because of its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, star anise is going into cough syrups, lozenges and tea to act as an expectorant, fighting all sorts of coughs.
Did we know this flower in our garden could have other advantages apart from making our gardens look colourful? Hibiscus Tea is full of Vitamin A, C & B. The flower apparently contains some minerals like copper and iron with protein and omega-3. Doesn’t it sound like a super food? It is also beneficial for lowering cholesterol and preventing blood pressure problems.
Oh, by the way, did I forget to mention that honey and white sugar are both cooling whereas brown sugar, maltose, and palm sugar are all toward the warming side (just in case you prefer some sweetness to mask strong flavour).
What’s your favourite tea blend? It’s easy to leave a comment below!