Daily Spices and Herbal Tea, For Stronger Immunity
Building Stronger Immune System
Have you ever thought, that why do some people fall ill easily and frequently, while other’s don’t?
The simple reason can be, that those who have a stronger immune system, are less likely to fall ill, in the same adverse and unhealthy circumstances.
What is Immunity?
The human immune system, protects our body against diseases. If our body has strong immune system, it can identify and attack, potentially harmful and disease causing bacteria, viruses, parasites and other microorganisms.
We ourselves, are responsible for a strong or weak immune system. We can either spoil our body, by a faulty lifestyle and unhealthy food. Or, follow a healthy lifestyle, with healthy and nutritious food, so that we don’t fall sick easily and frequently.
When we talk about this, please understand that we are talking about the whole human immune system. It consists of —
- Good nutritious food,
- Healthy lifestyle,
- Proper rest and sleep,
- Physical activity, (read Yoga, exercises),
- Mental peace, (read meditation, managing stress and anxiety),
- Positive mindset,
- Physical Hygiene.
Immunity building is a continuous process. It can’t be done in a few days. Therefore, these activities should become part of our life.
12 Everyday Spices, For Stronger Immunity
Since ancient times, India has used the spices, in abundance for the various medicinal properties. India has the privilege of growing a variety of these herbs and spices, which are used in everyday cooking, and used extensively in Ayurvedic medicines.
Many of these useful spices are easily available in every household. As such, they can be easily consumed, for immunity building purposes.
Here I am going to share the most common of these healthy spices. In the brackets, I have mentioned their Hindi names.
- Turmeric (haldi),
- Ginger (adrak),
- Cloves (lawang),
- Cinnamon (daalchini),
- Black Pepper (Kali mirch),
- Fenugreek seeds (methi daana),
- Cumin seeds (jeera),
- Aniseeds (saunf),
- Carom seeds (ajwain),
- Coriander (dhania powder),
- Green and Black Cardamoms (choti and badi ilaichi),
- Garlic (lahsun).
All these spices are the gifts of Nature, for maintaining our good health. For an average healthy person, they can be safely consumed, with no side effects.
These golden spices help to support —
- Our whole immune system;
- Help to fight illness, cough and cold;
- Uplift the mood;
- Reduce Stress;
- Improve digestion and metabolism;
- Build stamina;
- Abundant in Antioxidants.
5 Herbal Tea for Stronger Immunity
Tea is the most popular beverage in India. But here I will be discussing the immense benefits of the various herbal teas, to improve our immune system.
1. Basil or the Tulsi tea:
The holy Basil plant is considered auspicious, and therefore commonly found in the Indian homes. The common variety of the tulsi, has either green or dark green leaves, and they are edible.
The Basil has immense health benefits, whether mild fever, cold, cough, sore throat, fatigue, to name a few.
The Basil tea can be prepared by boiling the green leaves in water, on low flame, for some time, till the water is reduced to half. Sieve and it’s ready to be consumed. You can add black pepper and grated ginger, while boiling the leaves, for more flavour and added benefitS.
2. Mint Tea or pudina tea:
The mint is a popular herb, and like Tulsi, can be grown easily at home.
As we boil the Basil leaves, to prepare the tea, in the same way, we can make mint tea.
3. Cinnamon tea:
Soak the cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon in a bowl of water, for half an hour. Give it a boil, and then pass through the sieve. You can add few drops of honey, to enjoy the cinnamon tea.
4. Ginger, Cloves and honey tea:
Grate some ginger, and boil in water for 5 to 10 minutes, along with 2 to 3 pieces of cloves. Pass through a sieve, and add honey. Enjoy the healthy, herbal tea.
5. Lemon, black pepper herbal tea:
Add lemon juice, crushed black pepper and honey in boiled water. Let this rest for few minutes.
Note: Honey should not be boiled or heated.
The herbal tea should be prepared fresh, each time you want to have it.
You can change the above combination of ingredients, according to your taste, or availability.
How to make Tulsi or Basil tea, source: YouTube
Some More Tips To Improve The Immune System:
- Turmeric milk or the golden milk is a wonderful way to boost immunity. Mix half teaspoon of turmeric powder, in hot cup of milk. Turmeric is well known for it’s antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties.
- Drinking warm water prevents and protects us, from many minor infections.
- Ashwagandha is a wonderful herb, and is widely used in Ayurvedic medicines. This is considered to be beneficial in boosting the immune system. This is easily found in India.
- Chyawanprash is a widely used Ayurvedic mixture in India, for stronger immune system. It‘s primary ingredient is gooseberries or amla, along with many other precious herbs.
- Eating fresh fruits, green vegetables, following a healthy diet and lifestyle, is important to build our immunity.
- Regular physical exercise, walks, practicing Yoga, go a long way to build up the immune system.
- In any case, the purpose of writing this article is to help prevent us, from catching infections, or falling ill easily. It’s in no way, a cure or a remedy, if a person gets ill, has fever, or infection.
- In such circumstances, it’s best to follow the advice of a qualified medical professional.
Ashwagandha, a wonderful Ayurvedic herb, source: YouTube
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Chitrangada Sharan