Colds and common flu are no strangers to most people this season and while there’s nothing appetising about drowning in cough syrup, there are few things as enjoyable as a cup of tea when you’re stuck with a sniffling cold that just won’t go away. Or if you’re the particularly immune type, there’s no better way to stave off monsoon gloom than with a cup of chai, a good book and a comfortable couch.
5 Best Teas you Should Drink to Beat the Rainy Weather Blues.
1. Classic Milk Tea
No one does adrak wali chai/ ginger tea better than Indians. The most staple of all teas in Indian households, ginger tea is great during the monsoons for its anti-inflammatory properties, ability to improve blood circulation, relieve stress and nausea and aid in digestion. The best time to drink this tea is first thing in the morning due to its high caffeine content which can give a serious kick-start to your day. Other than that, it’s the perfect nod to nostalgia on rainy, drowsy mornings. Bed Tea , Please! Get the perfect cup of our Classic Milky one and know the difference.
2. Green Tea
Definitely the health drink for millennials, green tea can be consumed anytime of the day, but because it contains minimal amount of caffeine, it’s best consumed at night. Green tea is packed with antioxidants and is said to increase metabolism, lower the risk of cancer and alzheimer’s, improve dental health etc. It is best consumed without milk, sugar or honey for the best results. The ideal way to brew green tea is to add simmering water to the leaves and leave it covered for 2-4 minutes. You can also add tulsi leaves for an added kick in flavour and aroma. Try the Himalayan Green Dream to feel truly refreshed and energised.
3. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is the perfect drink for stressful days at work or home. This flower tea was consumed in ancient Egypt to cure a series of ailments and is consumed today to relieve stress, fatigue, anxiety and to help with insomnia. It also helps to fight common colds and aids in digestion. Additionally, it’s also great for your skin and hair! The best way to brew chamomile tea is to pour gently cooled boiling water onto a tea bag and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. You can also add ginger to give it an antibacterial boost.
4. White Tea
The least processed of all teas, white tea is a mild flavoured, fresh tasting tea that contains 3 times as many antioxidants as green tea. Regular consumption aids in controlling diabetes, speeds up the fat burning process and promotes healthy and youthful skin amongst other benefits. It’s the perfect tea to consume at the end of a long, rainy day when you just need a gentle pick-me-up and not a burst of energy. Since white tea is a delicate tea, the best way to brew it is to pour warm water over the leaves so as to not destroy the sensitive components and let it steep for about 5-6 minutes. 1.5 teaspoonfuls per cup is a good ratio to follow.
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5. Oolong Tea
Oolong tea is a great drink for wet, gloomy, uninspirational weather. A natural refresher, drinking oolong tea leaves you in good spirits with high energy. Drink it every morning for increased mental alertness, quick responses and sharp thinking. It also promotes healthy skin and hair like white tea. Because of its high caffeine content, it’s better not to drink this tea close to your bedtime. Brew oolong tea like black tea by pouring just-about-to-boil water over a teaspoon of tea leaves and letting it steep for about 3-5 minutes.
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