Diwali, a festival of lights, joy, prosperity and gifts is all set to be celebrated with a new template among COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to other festivals celebrated this year with restrictions and low social engagement, Diwali too, is expected to be celebrated in a similar way, keeping the buzz of the festival alive.
As Diwali is and has always been a festival of gifts, this pandemic, there might be a little change in the gifting spirit, keeping in mind people inclination towards health and low budget due to economic fallout.
In this article, we will discuss some of the amazing healthy gift options to give to your loved ones. Take a look.
1. Essential oils
Gifting a pack of essential oils could be the best gift this pandemic. A study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Research says that inhalation of essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, tea tree, T. orientalis, lemon balm, bergamot, fennel, peppermint, clove, cinnamon, ravensara and eucalyptus could be the best adjuvant therapy for COVID-19. This is because these oils contain some active compounds that possess strong antiviral property against SARS CoV. 
2. Immune-boosting herbal tea packs
The COVID-19 situation demands an urgent need for effective therapeutics including traditional medicines and herbal plants to slow down or prevent the spread of the virus. Immune-boosting herbal teas are best when it comes to improving the immunity, which is vital during the pandemic. Shower love and care to your dear ones and gift them a pack of immune-boosting herbal tea packs such as Ceylon tea, green tea, oolong tea, tulsi tea, black tea and cinnamon tea. These teas are packed with polyphenols and flavonoids and have strong anti-viral potential. 
3. Sugary treats made with natural sweeteners
Diwali is incomplete without tempting and sugar-loaded sweets which can increase the risk of diabetes, cholesterol and affect our immunity. Bring a small change this pandemic and gift sweets which are made with natural sweeteners such as jaggery, honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup or stevia. They are rich in antioxidants, organic acids, vitamins and minerals that contribute much to good health.
4. Copper water bottle
The benefits of storing drinking water in copper water bottles have been discussed in Ayurveda. The copper bottle has an antibacterial effect against diarrhoeagenic bacteria. It helps purify water and provide distilled water for drinking. Also, the incredible copper in the bottle has multiple benefits such as boosting immunity, lowering the risk of heart diseases and improving digestion. 
5. Assorted box of dried fruits and nuts
Dried fruits and nuts such as almonds, cashews, raisins, pistachios, peanuts, hazelnuts or Brazil nuts have immune-modulating effects. They are rich in many bioactive compounds such as phenols, vitamins, folate, fatty acids and proteins. Dried fruits and nuts consumption help reduce incidences of metabolic syndrome and other chronic diseases. 
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