Herbal teas and beverages are considered to be one of the significant immunity boosters. Recent studies have confirmed that various kinds of tea have powerful antiviral effects by combating viruses on a cellular level by providing a powerful boost to the immune system enabling the body to fight against any viral or bacterial infection. Sadia Salman who is a certified nutritionist and CEO of Diet by Design shares some healthy and refreshing herbal beverage recipes that you can easily brew at home.

Watermelon Mint


  • This refreshing drink is a thirst quencher as well as an immunity booster.
  • Watermelon is rich in arginine and vitamin C and is helpful in keeping the body hydrated with its water content.
  • It also contains citrulline, magnesium and vitamin A to keep the blood vessels supple and wide.

How to make it:

Blend one cup of watermelon with a few mint leaves. Add a pinch of pink salt.

Ginger Tea


  • Natural blood thinner for heart health
  • Anti mucus
  • Anti-inflammatory-promotes lung health
  • Strengthens the digestive system
  • Anti-nausea
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-microbial
  • Alleviates joint pain
  • Controls high blood pressure

How to make it:

Take one-inch-long ginger root. Cut it into pieces. Boil it in two cups of water. Add one small cinnamon stick and two cloves. Simmer for 5-7 minutes till it evaporates to one cup only. Strain and drink up. Add honey or lemon if preferred. You can consume this twice daily.

Sumac Lemonade


Sumac is a powerful anti-inflammatory Mediterranean spice which reduces inflammation.

How to make it:

Make lemonade with 4-6 lemons and water. Add 1/2 pinch of turmeric, Add 2 pinches ground sumac.

Add to food: If you don’t want to have the lemonade, add 2 pinches of sumac spice to your food.

Needless to say, add more yogurt, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds to your diet to build immunity and avoid sugar, fried food and processed foods.

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Sadia Salman is a certified nutritionist from Tufts University, USA and the CEO of Diet by Design. She has over 9 years of experience in treating patients with various health issues through food both in Pakistan and in Canada. Most of her work is on managing diseases like hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes etc through weight management. She believes in building a healthy community by educating the masses in any capacity that she can. Her health blogs are a part of her awareness campaign.