With the cold and flu season in full swing, we’re all at greater risk of getting sick (or having to take care of someone that isn’t feeling well). So, allow us to give a little bit of friendly advice; reach for some of the best teas around and get brewing!
For years, herbalists have been using teas to successfully combat everything from nagging coughs and stuffy noses to chest congestion and body aches. And, even though some herbal blends aren’t officially defined as “tea” in the purist/traditional sense, we’ll be using the term for easy reference in this post.
Here’s a list of our “top five” teas for surviving the flu and cold season:
1) Ginger Lemon Tea with Raw Honey
First on our list of best loose leaf teas for surviving cold and flu season are ginger lemon blends. When combined together, the natural ingredients will traditionally clear the nasal passages and give an ailing body’s immune system some much needed assistance. Why? Ginger is a very effective anti-inflammatory and lemons contain Vitamin C. To up the ante even more, add a spoonful of raw honey. It will likely help calm the tickle in your throat and help your body fight bacterial infections.
2) Garlic Infused Green Teas
Next up are garlic infused green teas…and if you can find one that also contains lemon, all the better. Like ginger, garlic has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities. In addition, it has the ability to reduce the viscosity of mucus and act as an expectorant. Thus, it’s excellent at helping people cope with chest colds, sinus infections and the like.
3) Elderberry Teas
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s research, elderberry teas are wonderful when it comes to easing the discomforts that go along with having sinus infections and chest colds too. More often than not, the elderberry teas also come with helpful additives like echinacea, blackberries, pomegranate and cranberries.
Since we are still on the topic of expectorants and decongestants, there are two other teas to consider. They are peppermint and eucalyptus blends. Both are also sold individually. When choosing peppermint or eucalyptus blends, look for ones that have additional cold fighting ingredients. The list includes, but doesn’t end with fennel, chocolate, ginseng, licorice and green tea extract.
5) Thyme Infused Teas
Finally, we can’t forget about thyme infused, loose leaf tea blends. A 2011 study published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggested that the herb is beneficial when it comes to addressing congestion, coughs and other seasonal ailments. Furthermore, over the years, many people have used the herb to fight gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections too.
Do you have any favorite teas you rely on to get through cold and flu season? If so, please share in the comments section below.