Avoid these herbs during monsoon

The rains during the monsoons are a great relief from the scorching heat of the summer sun. Despite this relief this season comes with its share of health issues. The changing weather, humidity, barometric pressure, and dirt around are reasons for a lot of health concerns. Diseases like cold, flu, fever, malaria, infections, skin rashes, jaundice, etc are common during the rainy days. Though herbal home remedies are often the most trusted treatment to boost immunity naturally, it is understood that some herbs aren’t as good as they are construed. Let’s try and understand which herbs are bad for the monsoons.

Garlic
This popular herb from the onion family is known to boost immunity, control the cholesterol levels and treat blood pressure. Garlic also has blood-thinning properties which can be ideal for a healthy person but dangerous for someone with a history of cardiovascular diseases. The blood thinning properties together with the effects of warfarin can cause an increased risk of bleeding. Therefore, it is not advisable for people who have a history of heart attacks and heart disorders.

 Echinacea
The roots and herbs of this herb has a strong flavour and is increasingly used in the preparation of herbal teas, juices, and herbal supplements to boost immunity. It relieves stress and balances the hormones too. But when taken alongside medicines of anti-platelet drugs, warfarin, aspirin, NSAIDs, etc the herb can invite risks of increased bleeding.

 Camellia Sinensis or Green Tea
Green Tea is known to be one of the best herbs for your health. Due to its antioxidant properties, it helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, aid weight loss, control diabetes, prevent cancer and boost immunity. But if the herb is taken on a high dose, it can cause liver failure. It interacts with medicines like antidepressants, amphetamines, antibiotics, etc increasing nervousness, headache, dizziness, and blood pressure.

 Ginseng
An energy booster, stamina holder and powerful treatment for immunity system, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure – Ginseng is an ancient medicine. It works best when used in minimal quantities, any overdosing of this herb can dilute the effects of certain medications like warfarin, calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, etc.

Although it is great to rely on herbs for a daily health check and immunity boost, it is important to understand the medicinal interactions before beginning with the home remedies.

Therefore, too much herbs can be dangerous to health!

 

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