Let's face it, we will all get a cold, already have a cold, or are trying to prevent a cold during the winter months. Drinking tea can help. Hot liquids can ease the symptoms of a cold and help loosen secretions in the chest and sinuses, making it easier to expel them and ultimately clear up your congestion.
Tea made with lemongrass, ginger, lemon balm, sage or lemon verbena are good antiviral sore-throat soothers. Ginger root has anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals that help relieve a sore throat quickly and kill rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place. Drinking hot ginger tea can also warm you up on cold winter days.
When drinking tea for a cold, you should look for teas that contain anti-inflammatory and antihistamine herbs, such as chamomile, ginger, nettle, or mint. Before you drink your hot herbal tea, inhale the steam from the cup because the steam can help clear a stuffy nose and alleviate a sore throat.
Hot liquids can ease a cold or flu and a hot cup of tea is the age-old remedy for the sniffles, sneezing and stuffiness. Try a cup of tea with honey to treat a bad cough, especially with a slice of lemon and honey. Black tea can chase away the chills with virus-fighting properties. So, if you have a cold, feel a cold coming on or trying to prevent one, tea can help.
Peace, Love & Tea