Isn’t the saying, when there’s tea there’s happiness totally apt? We sure do think so!
Tea is a versatile drink, a drink that has many obsessed and true lovers. If you’re a tea lover, you simply cannot ignore the fact that a cup of tea is enough to lighten and brighten your day up. Apart from the refreshment that Tea offers, it also has been an age-old remedy for treating cough and cold. Now the question arises which tea is good for a cold? Let’s throw some light on it, shall we?
Hot liquids help to loosen secretions in the chest and sinuses, making them easier to be expelled and hence clearing up congestion. A hot drink provides immediate and sustained relief from symptoms of runny nose, sneezing, cough, sore throat, and tiredness. Research also proved that a hot tasty drink is a beneficial treatment for the relief of most symptoms of common cold and flu and that a hot beverage can reduce congestion and flu symptoms too!
What if the “hot beverage” is tea?
Are you jumping with excitement right now? Because, yes that ‘hot beverage’ can and should be tea. Wouldn’t tea be the best form of “hot drink” to suit our desired purpose? Are you among the ones who are suffering from sneezes, cough, or flu? All you need right now is a comfortable position, a fleece blanket, your favorite TV show, and a steaming hot cup of tea.
The ideal hot beverage, tea can soothe your throat and help relieve congestion. To acquire extra benefits like suppressing cough or reducing the duration of the flu, add in honey and lemon. Honey is a natural cough suppressant while lemon (containing vitamin C) reduces the duration of the cold. Some teas also have the capability to boost immune health and eliminate pathogens.
Various types of tea are good for the flu. You might have heard about some while some might be new to you. Let’s learn about some teas that help soothe the cold and flu and get you back on your feet.
Green tea is made from the leaves of the plant, Camellia sinensis. Along with the sweet, earthy, and herbaceous flavour it also boasts anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea is packed with antioxidants or tea polyphenols that can help boost overall health. They also can fight off pathogens and free radicals that make our bodies susceptible to the common cold and flu. The anti-inflammatory properties can soothe inflammation and irritation in the throat and chest significantly.
White tea is the least processed of all teas and hence preferred by many. The delicate flavor and aroma of this tea are very appealing and the tea itself contains very little caffeine, if at all. Similar to Green tea and Black tea, White tea contains antioxidants that help fight off cold and flu symptoms. It’s packed with catechins and amino acids such as L-theanine, which help to prevent the growth and replication of pathogens.
It is said that one should avoid caffeine when feeling under the weather because it tends to cause dehydration.
However, a slight amount of caffeine contained in Green tea and White tea is certainly okay. In fact, those small amounts of caffeine will help you feel more energized and alert. But if you want to avoid the consumption of caffeine and reap the benefits of flu-relieving teas, herbal tea is what you need to switch to.
Grandma always told us about this one, but do we listen as much? (guilty). Ginger tea is a spicy and healthy beverage that can kick cold and flu so fast. It’s one of the most popular natural remedies for treating flu. The spicy kick of the tea helps to reduce congestion, Ginger is often used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by colds.
It has been proved that Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe, Zingiberaceae) is one of the most regularly consumed condiments in the world. The Oleoresin from the Rhizomes of ginger contains many bioactive components, which is believed to exert a variety of remarkable pharmacological and physiological activities.
Lemon based teas
Teas such as Lemon balm tea, Lemongrass tea, or just Lemon tea have high vitamin C content. Vitamin C is an important nutrient for your body when you’re fighting a cold or virus. It can help boost the immune system and kick colds faster. Drinking Lemon tea is a home remedy that people have been using for decades and it has never failed to impress.
Peppermint is one of the most common ingredients in cough syrups because the menthol in Peppermint leaves can have a slight anesthetic effect on the throat thus suppressing cough. Peppermint has been found to have significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, inhibiting the growth and replication of the virus during flu. The invigorating aroma helps to open up congested airways and can improve breathing. Peppermint can also help reduce pain symptoms and decrease inflammation.
Elderberries are filled with health-boosting antioxidants, ranking even higher than Cranberry and Blueberry in the polyphenol content. Studies show that they can reduce the length and severity of cold and flu symptoms. Its delicate floral flavor is sweet and aromatic. The berries are a storehouse of flavonoids and antioxidants that can boost immune health making recovery much faster.
This tea can cut the chances of catching a cold by 60%. Many substantial studies revealed that Echinacea can decrease the incidence and duration of the common cold as well.
The other uncommon yet effective types of teas useful for treating cold are Hibiscus tea (packed with antioxidants), Licorice root tea (antiviral and antibacterial properties), and Nettle tea (contains vitamin C and carotene, which can boost immune health). Apart from the above-mentioned teas that help when you’re suffering from a cold or flu, Chamomile tea is also a tea that helps a lot. Chamomile plants are the storehouse of flavonoids, which possess tranquilizing action that would help your nervous system to relax and calm down enabling you to sleep soundly.
Wow! Doesn’t it baffle your imagination to see that a beverage like tea, which people have been consuming for years is everything you need to get rid of those sniffles? A beverage that is as natural as it can get but also infuses the body with tons of antioxidants, we’re undoubtedly tea lovers all the way and we can’t wait to have you join us!