Watermelon, cucumbers, and other fruits and vegetables are known for their ability to cool the body, therefore there are a number of herbs that have a cooling impact on the body. To keep ‘pitta’ from getting worse in the heat, these herbs have been employed in Indian cooking for thousands of years. Also, they aid in detoxification, digestion, and overall well-being.
To help you make iced teas this summer, we’ve compiled a list of healthful and refreshing herbs.
Lemon Balm Iced Tea
In the mint family, lemon balm is a lemon-scented herb that is noted for its cooling and calming properties. Aside from cooling you down on a hot summer day and providing immunity-boosting tannins and polyphenols, drinking lemon balm iced tea can also help alleviate symptoms like nausea and dizziness.
- Lemon balm leaves in a quarter cup.
- One tablespoon (or more, if you choose) of honey.
- Somewhere between 3 and 4 cups of water.
- Cubes of ice.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Lemon balm leaves, honey, and boiling water are added to a jar.
- 20 to 30 minutes of steeping are recommended.
- Add ice cubes to an iced tea glass before pouring in the liquid.
- Lemon juice can also be added to the iced tea to enhance its flavor.
Ginger Iced Tea
The use of ginger during the summer months is controversial. Ginger is most known for its ability to raise the body temperature or hyperthermia. However, it is also a natural diaphoretic, which means that it can induce perspiration and so cool the body in a heated environment.
- Boiling water for four cups.
- Four tea bags each.
- 3-4 tablespoons of honey, or more if you choose.
- Ginger, freshly grated, two teaspoons.
- Into a glass jar with a lid, pour boiling water, tea bags, and steep for 10-12 minutes.
- After removing the tea bags, allow the tea to cool for an hour before drinking.
- A half-hour later, mix the honey and ginger and put it back in the fridge.
- Put ice cubes in an iced tea glass. Pour the tea into a cup after it has been strained and set aside to cool.
Fennel Iced Tea
Fennel seeds or saunf are the most readily available and most efficient herbs for reducing body heat. Fennel seeds contain vitamin C, which helps cool the body, moisturize the skin, and strengthen the immune system.
- 3 bags of tea, please.
- Drink 4-5 cups of water that is ice cold.
- Fennel seeds in a teaspoon.
- 3-4 sprigs of fresh mint.
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Add the tea bags and let them steep for about 10 minutes in boiling water.
- Tea, fennel seeds, mint leaves, lemon juice, and honey should all be combined in a container.
- Refrigerate for an hour after thoroughly mixing.
- Pour the strained liquid over ice in a glass.
Mint Iced Tea
Cold-inducing chemicals in mint may be able to activate the TRPM8 receptors, which are known to provide a sensation of cold in the body. The sodium and potassium ions included in this herb helps keep the body’s electrolytes in check.
- Three tea bags of green tea.
- 4-5 quarts of boiling water
- 3-4 teaspoons of honey, depending on your preference.
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Fresh mint leaves in a bunch
- Using tea bags, add hot water to a jar and allow it to steep for around 10 minutes.
- Pour the brewed tea into a pitcher, add lemon, mint, and honey, and stir.
- Serve after one hour in the fridge.