The onset of monsoons has provided a sigh of relief from the sun’s scorching heat. The summer season has its benefits along with its drawbacks as well. After the winter season, the warm weather is welcomed by one and all.
Not long does one venture into the summer season, and we start craving for the monsoons. We all have our own memories associated with this season. The flora and fauna all benefit from the monsoons.
The several advantages of this season are
Human life sustenance:
Humans need a continuous supply of fresh water to support their continued existence. Fresh water is the very foundation of all life systems.
Plants cannot survive without water:
We are well aware of the fact that all plants require water at all stages of life. Right from the very beginning when a small seed is inserted inside the soil, it needs water to grow into a sapling and then into a plant. Plants transfer essential nutrients from the root to the entire plant with water.
Rain is vital for the environment:
Plants and animals all require water for their viability. All living organisms need water for their life processes. With the monsoons, all the water bodies like rivers, lakes, marshes, and ponds are replenished with water. This water is then used by the water animals like fish and amphibians. Rain cools the air which has already been scorched by the sun, rehydrating and replenishing parched leaves and grasslands.
Spontaneous freshwater storage:
Rainwater falls to the surface and is soaked into the topsoil, ultimately hitting the aquifers in the bedrock. The water table in the aquifers maintains high levels of concentration of water. Man-made water wells serve to drink and bathe by directly pulling water from the water table. This aquifer water penetrates through sedimentary rocks to other regions, giving plants and trees a steady and consistent flow of water.
Hydroelectric facilities that power seamlessly:
The hydroelectric facilities leverage the fluid motion of fast-moving rivers or the gravity of reservoirs to propel gigantic turbines. Rain furnishes all of the water capacity necessary to drive hydroelectric plants. This process is also pollution-free and eco-friendly.
Inspite of having so many advantages there are a few disadvantages of this season. Let’s discuss those before moving on to the next part of our blog.
The several disadvantages of this season are
Changing water quality:
Rainwater is preferable to synthetic farming techniques which involve the usage of chlorine. However, when a polluted atmosphere yields acid rain, it is severely detrimental to the environment and human health. Rainwater blessings are thus curtailed.
Natural disasters like mudslides and flooding:
Prolonged heavy rainfall leads to mudslides that not only slide away the rich soil but also impact human settlements and animals. Major flooding wrecks residences, industries, and individual lives in the worst cases.
Detrimental effects on health:
Weather changes, moisture, and an abundance of allergens usually make the monsoons very difficult for those suffering from asthma or are prone to respiratory allergies. This season gives rise to a number of skin issues like dermatophytes. Mosquito-borne diseases and water-borne diseases rise in this season.
Therefore, it is upto us how we prepare our bodies for the monsoons. Ayurveda has many such natural ingredients that can increase the immunity of the human body. These ingredients have to be taken for a long time and cannot work overnight.
Ayurvedic Herbs to look out for this monsoon
Drumstick or moringa leaves are taking everyone by storm. This is the recent favorite of all health experts. They vouch that consuming these leaves twice a week helps in fighting infections. They also build your body’s resistance and prevent various allergies.
These leaves are abundant in vitamin C, which is instrumental in maintaining the defence mechanism of the body. Deep-green in color, moist and tender to touch, Moringa leaves provide your daily requirement of vitamin A, vitamin B6, iron, riboflavin, magnesium, and protein.
It also helps in lowering blood sugar levels and cholesterol.
Neem is our domestic solution for most infections. It has been used for ages because of its various medicinal properties. Apart from being an immunity booster it also purifies the blood and flushes away toxins.
Neem has the qualities to balance the doshas and harmonize your mind, body, and soul. It is used in Ayurvedic recipes as a natural microbial agent and healer. Its leaves, fruits, bark, and seed oil offer a wealth of benefits to the skin, hair, and body. This makes it a key ingredient in many Ayurvedic cosmetics.
Neem leaves are a potent germicide. Have 3-4 neem leaves every day during this season and your immunity will be boosted ten folds.
Tulsi or Basil is also a germicide. It contains phytochemicals and antioxidants that help locate germs, viruses, and bacteria quickly and effectively and destroy them. This herb is said to have anti-cancer properties and is good for heart health.
It is rich in vitamin C and zinc and is a natural immunity booster. Its leaves extract helps the T helper cells to increase and enhance their natural killer cells activity. Thus, fending off diseases.
It is an excellent remedy for cough, soothes the throat, reduces inflammation of the chest, and helps in the expectoration of mucus.
Ashwagandha is an organic adaptogen. It means that it can help in naturally reduce stress levels. Stress highly affects your immunity and makes you prone to infections. It can reduce joint pain and is good for heart health.
During monsoons when someone is having cough and cold their stamina is greatly hampered. Consuming ashwagandha can replenish this lost stamina and strengthen the body.
Triphala contains the anti-oxidative properties of three fruits namely amla, haritaki, and bibhitaki. It contains vitamins A and C, both contributors to boosting immunity.
It keeps your blood sugar in check and also has restorative effects on gums and teeth. Triphala is also said to aid in weight loss and enhance vision.
This powerful herb is also known for its digestive properties which generally slow down during monsoons.
Don’t expect overnight results. Immunity is something that is achieved over a long period of time. Consume these herbs for a continuous time period to reap their benefits.
Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner as well for the same as they will diagnose you before suggesting any herbs for your health.