- Curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties
- Tulsi tea can help in treating infections in the respiratory tract
- Ginger offers relief from sore throat
Anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric make it a wonder spice which can help in curbing various ailments. The rainy season is undoubtedly a pleasant relief, especially after the scorching summer heat of Delhi. However, it is also the season of numerous respiratory tract infections, waterborne diseases and vector-borne diseases. Cholera, diarrhea, dengue, chikungunya and dengue are some of the most common monsoon diseases. Traditional Ayurveda is of the belief that "what heals also prevents". There are various herbs which have the capability of fighting against infections during monsoons. Herbs like turmeric comprise properties which can help in fighting infections.
Read below to know about various herbs which can help in fighting infections and monsoon diseases:
Turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin. This compound is basically responsible for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. This is the reason why haldi doodh or turmeric latte is being considered as the one-stop remedy cold, flu and other monsoon diseases. Turmeric is one of the most popular ingredients in numerous Indian dishes. Most Indian households will have turmeric in their kitchens. But it is to be noted here that raw turmeric is the one which is going to be most helpful. Drinking hot milk with turmeric every night during monsoons will help in boosting immunity and prevent various monsoon diseases.
2. Tulsi leaves
Tulsi or basil plant is also found in many Indian households. While the plant is considered sacred among the Hindus, its leaves have many beneficial properties for health. Tulsi is known to contain phyto chemicals, antioxidants and bioflavonols. Antioxidant compounds like rosmarinic acid has excellent anti-microbial properties which can help in treating infections in the respiratory tract. Tulsi leaves also provide relief from chest congestion. They dilate airways of lungs. Drink tulsi tea every day to keep cold at bay during monsoons.
Ginger or adrak has excellent anti-inflammatory compounds like gingerols and shaogals. Ginger offers relief from sore throat and kills respiratory infection causing rhinoviruses.
Garlic is another common ingredient in many Indian dishes. It has antifungal, antibacterial and antiprotozoal properties which can help in relieving stubborn coughs. It also helps in clearing mucus which blocks lungs. It is because of the compound Allicin in garlic, which helps in fighting common monsoon diseases.
5. Black pepper
Black Pepper is added to numerous tonics for treating cold and cough. Conditions like sinusitis and nasal congestion can also be relieved with the help of pepper. Pepper performs the function of breaking up mucus and phlegm deposits in respiratory tract.
A combination of three herbs - amla, harde and behead - triphala is a potent antioxidant which aids digestion. Digestion problems are common during monsoons. Amla is a rich source of Vitamin and helps in reducing severity of cold and boosting immunity. Beheda helps in curing cough and clearing congestion. Triphala can also help in controlling lose motions and may reduce symptoms of diarrhea.
Also read: Tips To Avoid Getting Sick This Monsoon
Adding cinnamon to your coffee or tea can be helpful during monsoons. It helps in treating sore throat, cough and cold. A warm cup of cinnamon tea can help in healing throat irritation and also prevent cold during monsoons.
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