May 30, 2024, 12:04 AM IST

8 herbs to keep your body cool amid heatwave

Pravrajya Suruchi

Peppermint: This refreshing herb has a natural cooling effect. You can enjoy it as a tea, add it to chilled soups or lemonade

Coriander (Cilantro): Coriander leaves and seeds are known to have a cooling effect on the body.

Fennel: This feathery herb has a licorice-like flavor and a natural diuretic effect, helping your body eliminate excess fluids and promoting sweating.

Basil: Holy basil (Tulsi) and sweet basil are both revered in India for their heat-fighting properties.

Lemongrass: This citrusy herb adds a refreshing touch to soups, stews, and stir-fries.

Cardamom: Chewing on cardamom seeds or adding them to buttermilk or yogurt drinks is a common practice in India during hot weather.

Mint (Pudina): Similar to peppermint, spearmint offers a cooling sensation. You can enjoy it in teas.

Ashwagandha: This adaptogenic herb is known for its stress-balancing effects.

Another fermented soybean product, natto is sticky and has a strong flavor. It’s traditionally eaten with rice and is rich in probiotics.