As the winter cold continues, many Americans are feeling run down with the flu or common cold. While there are so many fantastic home remedies for helping you feel better, there’s something almost magical about drinking a cup of hot tea for colds.
But sometimes, that simple pleasure can seem a little overwhelming. Do you drink green tea, lemon tea, herbal tea, or some beverage specifically designed for its antioxidants or health benefits? What about caffeine in tea– is that ok?
Fortunately, we’ve looked at several different types of tea so you can sit back, boil some water, and enjoy the perfect cup of tea.
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What Tea Is Good for Flu and Colds?
We’re big fans of traditional black tea with a little some lemon, milk, and honey. But when it comes to flu season, a soothing herbal tea is our beverage of choice. They’re a proven household remedy, and their beneficial effect makes them perfect for our weakened immune system. But which herbs are best for coughs and sore throats?
Green Tea for Immune-Boosting Properties
There’s a reason you hear about the magical properties of green tea, and they go beyond fighting the cold and flu. Here are just a few green tea benefits:
- It’s rich in antioxidants to help your body fight infection.
- The compounds in green tea help reduce inflammation.
- According to research, the catechins in green tea help reduce the effects of degenerative diseases, including diabetes and cancer.
So whether you enjoy the hot steam from a piping hot mug of loose leaf green tea or a refreshing Cold Brew green tea, drink up!
The Classic: Chamomile Tea for Colds
Chamomile tea helps with respiratory tract inflammation and can help fight infection, pneumonia, or bronchitis. Like green tea, chamomile has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. Bonus: it also alleviates gastrointestinal complaints and helps with digestive problems.
Peppermint Tea for Colds
Peppermint isn’t just for Christmastime and candy canes- peppermint tea has many beneficial properties for helping you feel better when you’ve got the flu. Not only does peppermint have a pleasant flavor to it, but it helps clear up your sinuses and might even improve your sleep experience. So drink up!
If you want a delicious taste treat, enjoy peppermint tea with lemon and honey to help soothe your congestion so you can breathe easier.
The Power of Ginger Tea for Cold and Flu
Ginger has been an essential component of many home remedies for centuries, so it’s no wonder that ginger tea can be a vital component for fighting infection.
Here are a few of ginger’s other impressive health benefits:
- Ginger’s anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties may help fight cancer.
- It might lower blood pressure and heart disease.
- Ginger helps with indigestion and stomach cramps, which often accompany the flu.
With all of that goodness, it’s no surprise ginger teas are well-known for their immune-boosting properties when you’re fighting the flu. Ginger tea is great for colds and gastrointestinal complaints or headaches. So there are many wonderful reasons to indulge in this beverage, or at least add some fresh ginger to your meal.
Tip: If ginger alone is too spicy, you can add a little honey to balance the flavor. If you don’t have pre-made ginger tea, you can flavor your tea with ginger root. Either grate it in hot water or boil the ginger root and drink the water with it.
Sage Tea for Colds
Sage tea might not be quite as popular as lemon or ginger, but if you’re coughing and have a sore throat, we recommend this delightful beverage. Sage has a calming effect on the irritated mucous membranes and soothes the cough irritation. If you don’t want to drink sage tea because of its somewhat bitter note, you can simply use it for gargling. You could also try a tea bag with a blend of sage and another herb or add some lemon and honey to your drink.
Fennel Tea for Colds
With its expectorant effect, fennel is a proven remedy for coughing. Due to its antibacterial effect, it is also a real helper for all other symptoms of colds. Pukka and Tazo teas both offer great blends of fennel tea.
Elderberry Tea Helps With the Sniffles
If paranasal sinuses and nasal mucosa are inflamed, then elderberry (or elderflower) tea creates relief. Due to the way it boosts the immune system, it is particularly effective against colds.
Of course, all other teas can also be drunk during the cold season. Especially during this time, supply your body with enough liquid – and a warm (herbal) tea is best suited for this.
What Are the Best Herbal Tea Blends for Colds and Flu?
There are so many tremendous herbal teas that can boost your immune system and fight infection, and often they’re even better together than on their own. Here are a few of our favorite blends.
Yogi Tea Cold Season: It’s cheap (around $4.00) per box and contains a tremendous blend of herbs, including ginger, cinnamon, clove, licorice, eucalyptus, and orange peel.
Full Leaf Tea Company Organic Lung Health Tea: This blend of ginger root, sage, oregano, and licorice has some high-quality organic herbs to get you feeling better in no time!
Feel Better Immune System Booster: Complete with echinacea, rosehips, green tea, elderberries, and more. This tea will help keep your immune system running smoothly all season long.
Ginger Turmeric Tea: Try this recipe below to help you feel better soon!
Immune-Boosting Ginger Turmeric Tea
- 1 cup water
- 1 1″ root ginger can sub 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 root turmeric can sub 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 lemon can sub 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp honey optional
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Bring 1 cup of water to boil in your teapot or on the stove.
- If you’re using fresh ginger and turmeric, chop it into small pieces. If you’re using ground ginger and turmeric, combine them in your teacup.
- Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 1/2 Tbsp) into the cup. Add apple cider vinegar.
- After your water has boiled, let it cool a little bit before adding it to the other ingredients.
- Add the water and let your tea steep about 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you’d like it.
- If you’ve used fresh ingredients, remove them before drinking. If you’ve used powdered ones, pour your tea through a strainer before enjoying. Sweeten with honey or stevia as desired.
Pass the Honey
Whether you’re using store-bought Yogi tea bags or boiling your own herbs or fresh ginger, you might want to consider flavoring your tea with a little honey. Not only does it provide some sweetness, but it coats your throat and helps to soothe that pain. Local honey can often help with colds and seasonal allergies and might even reduce the lifespan of your cold.
If you’re looking for other ingredients to improve your brew, be sure to include some lemon, as well. Its high dose of vitamin C will help you bounce back in no time!
Tea for Colds
There are so many different types of medicine and health claims promising instant relief. Isn’t it refreshing to know that something as simple as a cup of tea might do wonders in helping you feel better?
What are your favorite types of cold-fighting teas? Be sure to share your wisdom on your favorite family app!