5 BEST HERBAL TEAS FOR COLD AND FLU
When cold weather rolls around, something simple like a hot cup of herbal tea can calm you down. Especially if you are dealing with cold and flu, a hot cup of tea is a great and delicious way to encourage a sore throat to relax and keep you hydrated.
Following are some best herbal teas for the cold and flu.
1) Liquorice Tea
Liquorice was prescribed by early physicians from the time of Hippocrates in cases of dropsy, to prevent thirst. Egyptian physics and Theophrastus recommended liquorice for asthma, dry cough and all diseases of the lungs.
The research has proved that liquorice root has antiviral properties which could help to treat cold. You would enjoy Liquorice tea if you like something on the sweeter side.
In addition to that, liquorice is a well-known anti-inflammatory agent due to the compound glycyrrhizin, which blocks the production of prostaglandin and inflammation.
Liquorice tea is an aid for healing the stomach, duodenal ulcers and may soothe an upset stomach.
2) Peppermint Tea
Mint is probably the well known and most widely used herb for making herbal teas. Its refreshing, sweet flavour has made it a favourite for hundreds of years.
Mint tea is higher in menthol content that can have a slightly anaesthetic effect on your throat, preventing your cough.
Mint tea, almost all experts agree, helps in treating indigestion so is good to drink before a meal. Mint tea can also ease headaches and promote relaxation.
3) Echinacea Tea
Echinacea is a herb that is still commonly used by many people. It is widely believed that it strengthens the immune system to fight sore throats, colds, and flu.
It may be most effective if taken at the early stages of infection. Echinacea may also help with digestion.
Enjoy this calming and relaxing tea. It has an earthy taste and gives a tingling sensation to the tongue.
4) Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is probably the most popular winter drink and is used to boost the body’s defenses against colds and flu. If you have a sore throat, ginger tea will soothe it.
There are some essential oils found in ginger that are antibacterial making it very good to take regularly for overall well being.
Ginger also makes a good tea for digestion and may help with nausea and travel sickness. It is also believed to help relieve muscle strain.
5) Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has been beloved as a medicine in Europe for many centuries. The flowers contain a volatile oil that has been, and still is, used as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-infective.
Chamomile makes an excellent tea for sleep and relaxation. The antioxidants in chamomile help to reduce anxiety, stress and cause sedation. Since getting good sleep at night is an important part of your cold recovery, chamomile tea is a perfect choice.