Hot and humid summer weather can cause heat illness and even death. More Americans die from heat waves than all other natural disasters combined. Older adults, people with chronic medical conditions or mental health conditions, are most vulnerable.
Heat illness occurs when the body cannot cool down. The most serious forms of heat illness are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body's temperature rises quickly, and can rapidly lead to death. Keeping cool can be hard work for the body. This extra stress on the body can also worsen other health conditions such as heart and lung disease.
Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy.
Cooling Teas and Herbal Infusions for Summer
Following the theory of Chinese Medicine, we can understand certain types of herbs, such as internal heat clearing, heat and dampness eliminating, heat clearing and blood-cooling, heat clearing and detoxicating, to have cooling properties. They clear internal heat, dampness and toxins, provide relief from discomfort in summer, and also potentially reduce inflammation in the body.
I select the following herbal teas, granules and herbal infusions from 99chinesemedicine.com. You can easily make them into cooling tea：Kam Wo Herbal Tea, Regular Care, Mulberry Combo Beverage, Gynostemma Herb Tea, Bupleurum Granule，etc.