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Monsoon is finally here, and it is that time of the year when we gorge on snacks like piping hot pakoras and tangy chaats. Sadly, as much as we wait for the monsoon to devour on these lip-smacking snacks, the monsoon brings along with it a host of seasonal diseases.
As our immunity takes a dip in this season, we become more susceptible to seasonal flu, colds, viral infections, and other digestive issues. Along with immunity-boosting foods, anti-inflammatory tea is also recommended for the monsoon to help you battle the seasonal woes.
Tea is not just a hot beverage that stimulates your brain. Tea is not just another drink over which you socialize with your friends and family. Tea is much more. Tea has many health benefits which are lesser-known to many of us.
Green tea is one variety with loads of health benefits and has been used for medicinal purpose for centuries. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties. It is derived from the plant Camellia sinensis which is also where we get our usual black tea. However, because the leaves aren’t oxidized as much, it still retains many of its antioxidant properties.
The leaves have an earthy and grassy taste and contain catechins which are a powerhouse of antioxidants.
Here is one anti-inflammatory green tea recipe with Vahdam teas that you must try this monsoon.
Honey – Lemon green tea
Green tea is rich in catechins, which are the source of antioxidants that work wonders for the body. Lemon juice helps extract maximum benefit from these antioxidants. Lemon is also a diuretic that helps in urine production. Vitamin C in lemon helps to battle the common cold.
Honey is another ingredient that is rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, and zinc as well as vitamins A, B-complex and C. Green tea when served with lemon juice and honey is not just a mere drink but a great immunity booster.
- Vahdam Matcha Green Tea Powder – 1 tablespoon
- Raw honey – ½ tablespoon
- Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
Take a saucepan and pour water in it. Bring it to boil. Once the water starts boiling, add the tea powder. Cover the pan and allow it to brew. Strain the tea and stir in the honey and lemon juice. Enjoy your cuppa throughout the year to give your immunity a boost.
The shade-grown leaves of this high-quality Matcha green leaves need to be harvested at the right time. Rolled and stone-ground to retain all the antioxidants along with the essential minerals, the dry Matcha green powder gives a mellow green color and a taste infused with ample vegetable flavors.
Pro-tip: For added flavor and health benefits, add a dash of ginger in your tea. Take inch-long ginger and add it to the water before it starts boiling. Follow the rest of the steps, as mentioned above.
What is your favorite anti-inflammatory tea recipe? Don’t forget to share with us too!