Teas You Should Drink During Cold And Flu Season
You know having plenty of fluid during cold and flu season is important, but there is only so much soup you can eat and only so many sports drinks you can tolerate. Plus, you may as well be downing something that can either prevent colds and flus, or alleviate their symptoms once you are already sick. Behold: the world of teas. There are so many teas to choose from, you’ll never run out of new ones. And many of them contain special cold and flu-fighting properties. If you don’t need one more blow dryer set from dad for the holidays (he means well: he just thinks you still like the same things you did when you were ten) ask for some gourmet teas. Here are teas you should drink for cold and flu season.
White tea contains plenty of antioxidants that destroy pathogens in your body—the microorganisms that cause disease. White tea can also reduce fatigue, making living your life while sick a little bit easier.
If the flu has your stomach in a knot (or sending you to the bathroom every hour), drink ginger tea. This stuff relieves the stomachaches that come with the flu. It also has a lovely calming effect.
Lemon balm tea
Lemon has antimicrobial properties that can kill bacteria. It also has a very soothing effect on the throat, and cooling effect, for those suffering from a fever.
This sweet and salty tea boosts your immune system and soothes your throat. Furthermore, it thins out mucus in the lungs, alleviating that awful congestion.
This tea has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can fight colds and the flu. It also boasts plenty of immunity-boosting vitamin C.
Black tea not only boosts your immune system, but it’s loaded with potassium and can help with some of the muscle aches that come with the flu. This stuff is loaded with flavonoids that fight disease.
The chemical compounds in this tea called anthocyanidins have been shown to stimulate the immune system. If you feel a cold coming on, down a few cups of this stuff right away.
One cup of hibiscus tea has one-third the daily value of vitamin c you need. So if you just cannot stomach any more orange juice or eat one more apple, drink this stuff.
Chamomile is wonderfully relaxing and will help you sleep like a baby. You need sleep to fight off illness so anything that soothes you into it is good.
The menthol in peppermint tea breaks up congestion, making it easier to breath. It also has a numbing effect and can soothe a sore throat and a headache.
Clove tea opens up the sinuses, so you can finally sleep through the night without having to blow your nose every ten minutes. It also helps you clear mucus from your lungs.
Yarrow tea comes from a flowering plant. It boosts the immune system, and causes you to sweat, alleviating a fever quicker.
Green tea has anti-infective properties so drink this stuff every day that you’re still lucky enough to be cold or flu-free. If you do get sick, even though you shouldn’t technically touch caffeine, you get a free-bee if you get it from green tea.
Rosehip tea, like hibiscus, is also remarkably high in vitamin c. It’s high in antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory effects that could help with congestion and muscle aches.
Lavender tea is another wonderfully relaxing tea that will help you get those all-healing REM cycles.