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Best Herbal Teas for Coughs This Cold and Flu Season
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Best Herbal Teas for Coughs This Cold and Flu Season

General Health


Anthony Stockton

So you are looking for the best herbal tea to drink this winter huh? It’s a totally reasonable thing to be researching. Everybody knows tea has health benefits for you, and with the global health concerns in the modern world, it makes sense to try to get the most health benefits out of what you put in your body that you can. And on top of all of that, it’s almost cold and flu season again this year. I know, right? Already? But yup, it’s almost here. So check out the article below to find out what teas are the best for your cold or flu.

Tea can help address cold or flu symptoms but always get the advice of a medical professional when you are unsure.

Why Is Tea Good For A Cold or Flu?

A Mix of Hydration and Antioxidants

So there are actually several different types of tea that can help with cold and flu symptoms. But drinking any type of tea whatsoever really has a couple of benefits when you are sick. When you are sick the number one thing a doctor is going to recommend to you is hydration, the next is rest but we’ll get to that later. Since every tea is made with water, when you drink it you are consuming plenty of water. Which helps your body fight colds or flus immensely. On top of that, tea is a great option when you are sick because almost all teas contain a high level of antioxidants that help the body fight illnesses.

So if you are one of those people who doesn’t like to drink plain old water, you don’t have to resort to something unhealthy for you like pop to stay hydrated when you are sick. Tea makes a great healthy option for those who don’t drink water.

Tea with lemon is a staple beverage when you are sick, but what teas address which symptoms best?

So What Herbal Teas Are Best For Cold and Flu Season?

It Depends Which Symptoms You Want To Address

First up is peppermint tea. Peppermint tea is great because on top of being absolutely delicious, it has plenty of things to offer for your cold or flu. Peppermint contains menthol which helps soothe a cough. It’s the same thing they put in cough drops that keep you from coughing so much. So why eat one of those terrible cough drop flavors when you could have a cup of delicious peppermint tea instead? And on top of that the tea also has antioxidants that help reduce swelling and inflammation which helps to in turn decrease inflammation in your joints and the pain that goes along with it. In fact, reducing inflammation will help with all the aches and pains you associate with a fever.

Next is chamomile tea which helps to address cold or flu symptoms in a few different ways, but there is one way it helps that is really unique to chamomile tea. Everybody knows that doctors are going to recommend plenty of rest and hydration when you are sick. Well instead of paying those insurance co-pays to hear the doctor tell you what I just told you, you can just make a cup of chamomile tea instead. See chamomile like every tea helps to hydrate you when you drink it, but chamomile in particular helps you to fall asleep. Chamomile tea actually has mild tranquilizing effects and that’s why it helps you drift off to sleep when you have a hot mug of it.

Ginger tea addresses several cold and flu symptoms at the same time.

Third on the list today is ginger tea. Which is certainly not my personal favorite tea, but I do have to say that it is great if you are suffering from a sore throat. Which can be a huge benefit. I don’t even like ginger tea, but I would much rather drink a cup of ginger tea than spray that horrible cherry flavored numbing spray they give you when you are a kid. You know the one! Sorry to bring up those bad memories for you, but I had to do that to point out what a blessing ginger tea can be. You'd only really understand my point if I gave you it juxtaposed against something else. And on top of being a great replacement for that horrible sore throat spray, ginger tea also happens to have the added benefit of soothing nausea. So it’s really essential for the cold and flu season.

The final tea on our list today is Elderberry tea. Elderberries have long been associated with illness and the healing process. And that is because they are just chocked full of antioxidants. When you combine these antioxidants with the antioxidants that tea already contains on its own, you get a really powerful punch against the cold or flu. And on top of that Elderberry tea has to be quite delicious. So not only are you getting all the important antioxidants that will help you battle the cold or the flu, you are also getting a great tasting beverage that can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Tea makes a great choice when you are sick because the worst thing it can do is hydrate you.

Well there you go, that’s a list of the best teas to choose from for this upcoming cold and flu season. But please remember that tea is by no means a substitution for real medicine. And while it can be expensive to go to the doctor, if you are legitimately sick, always seek the advice of a licensed professional. But for those times when you know it’s just a mild cold or flu, then yes, tea can make a great option to help address a pretty wide variety of different symptoms. And on top of all of it, even if the tea itself didn’t help, all the water you will be drinking will help your body fight your cold or flu. But the addition of tea to the water will do nothing but improve its ability to help fight your cold.

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