Can anything beat that comforting, numbing touch of a hot beverage resting between your palms when the world around you is cozying up in the chill of the weather? Clearly we love monsoon for the hot beverages that it brings with itself. But what if we told you that some of these beverages do more than just be comforting drinks? Some of these beverages actually come with umpteen health benefits too and like all things nice and fine, we bring you a list of those that you should try.

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Hot Cocoa

Retiring to bed with a hot cup of Cocoa and a book to cuddle with, yes we are painting the perfect monsoon picture for you. Apart from being he perfect go-to monsoon beverage hot cocoa is also said to have a number of health benefits. It contains flavonoids that help prevent platelets in the blood from mingling together and clotting. Also the antioxidant gallic acid in cocoa is used to treat internal hemorrhages, lower blood pressure, cure kidney diseases and help with diabetes, thus making it a hot and healthy beverage.

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Mulled wine

Made with red wine in various mulling spices and raisins, mulled red wine is considered one of the most monsoon appropriate drinks. It contains natural polyphenols or antioxidants that protects cells against radical damage and helps control cholesterol levels. Mulled Wine also contains procyanides that help reduce blood pressure, keep the arteries from clogging and can lower chances of chronic diseases.

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Cinnamon and Apple Cider Vinegar tea

So Apple Cider Vinegar might not be your cup of tea by itself but mix it in with some lemon, cinnamon, honey and you have made yourself the perfect monsoon beverage. Plus apple cider with cinnamon makes a beverage that works as an antioxidant to fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Also the phytochemicals in apple cider work to protect against chronic diseases and diabetes.

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Thyme Tea

Another hot and healthy beverage that will suit your monsoon needs is the thyme tea. It has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that can clear mucous blockages. Plus it works as a soothing agent and helps cure insomnia.

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Vegan Hot Chocolate

Vegan hot chocolate is for those that are lactose intolerant and are looking to cut down on dairy products. Add a tinge of cinnamon to your dark chocolate and you will have created a nice spicy flavor for yourself. Need we say anything more on the fact that vegan hot chocolate made in coconut or almond milk and laden in cinnamon, ginger and cocoa powder is every inch a healthy beverage.

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Spiced Green Tea

Spiced green tea is basically green tea with multiple combinations. You can experiment with ginger, lemon and honey to suit your taste. Ginger however may be the best bet considering it cures upset stomach and digestive problems.

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Mint Tea

Mint is easily one of the best things you will add to your tea this monsoon. It relaxes muscles, treats indigestion and is a calming agent that helps calm nerves and cures everything from bad breath, upset stomach to congestions.

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Flavored Tea

Again there are many flavours that you can add to your tea—cinnamon, orange peel, blueberry or lavender flavours coupled with black, green or white tea leaves. Pick your preferred tea flavor and binge on it throughout monsoon as some of them are just great to keep yourself warm let alone other benefits.