As a great sage once said, “Tea is the answer to everything!” Just kidding folks! Even though no one said it officially, we do believe tea has the magical powers of bringing a smile on our face, and what’s better than true happiness when it comes to healing from within?! If you are health conscious and want to skip the traditional malai marke chai from the stall, there are plenty of herbal teas to help you stay fit and healthy. Now that winter is knocking at our doors, it also brings its “prodigal son’- sore throat with it. But with the right kind of tea, you don’t have to clear your throat or cover it up in a muffler anymore. We at Stylecraze made a list of teas that will heal your immunity and keep you healthy enough to fight the cold all winter!
1. Lemon Tea
Whether you have the traditional lemon tea or mix lemon in any other kind of tea, it does help you gulp without any pain in the throat. Lemon, being a citrus fruit, contains vitamin C in abundance, and it adds an essential nutritional element to your body when fighting off a virus or cold. It is probably one of the most common tea remedies in Indian households. In fact, if you make it a habit to drink lemon tea every day, it will build your body against infection and increase your immunity. If you are suffering from high blood pressure or know someone who has this issue, these properties help tone it down.
2. Elderberry Tea
Elderberry is a dark purple fruit that is native to Europe. Many believe that elderberry extracts can help you recuperate faster from illnesses like flu and cold. The most popular type of elderberry, the black elderberry, has been proven to have antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Several studies have proven that elderberries can be effective in decreasing the duration of influenza too (1).
3. Echinacea Tea
Echinacea is a well-known herb that originates from the purple coneflower plant. Certain studies suggest that Echinacea increases immune function that helps reduce the incidence of bacterial infections and viruses (2). Much like green tea, Echinacea is rich in antioxidants that improve your metabolism. It also has anti-cancer properties but should not be taken daily due to its strong ingredient hold.
4. Green Tea
No list of herbal tea is ever complete without mentioning green tea! Green tea is well-known for its high anti-oxidizing properties. Researchers prove that drinking green tea can boost your immune system and aid in maintaining efficient metabolism (3). If you have been stressing over the pounds you gained over the festive treats, drinking green tea can help to keep your body toned!
5. Herbal Honey Tea
Herbal teas can be prepared from spices, dried fruits, or even local herbs. They are naturally decaffeinated, and therefore, don’t cause dehydration. The effervescent, sweet taste, and calming aroma are a treat to your health. Herbal tea such as peppermint and chamomile taste delicious when paired with a natural sweetener such as honey. Honey can also help you soothe your coughing, which we have to deal with every change of season.
If you are well-versed with our website, you would have noticed how much we vouch for honey, not only as a skincare ingredient but also for its excellent health benefits. If you combine herbal tea with honey, it is definitely a double kill. Its soothing property will help tone down the pain that your sore throat is causing, along with acting as a cleanser in your body. For people who are looking for a desperate detox, this is for you!
6. Ginger Tea
Ginger fights cold symptoms like no other. It’s anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties reduce respiratory infection symptoms and give a sweet and spicy addition to your tea cravings. If you feel having ginger makes you feel gaseous, you can try boiling it in water and adding the water instead.
7. Lemongrass Tea
Lemongrass is a refreshing addition to your tea, and it will give you the fresh aroma you need to start your day with. It is also loaded with anti-fungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. The antioxidants and vitamin-C-rich herb will keep you healthy through the winter mornings and keep your throat ache at bay (4).
8. Hibiscus Tea
Also known as roselle, hibiscus tea is a powerhouse of iron, and vitamin C (5). Studies have shown hibiscus tea reduces cold symptoms. The flavor is similar to cranberry and is used as a blend along with other kinds of tea.
Now that you know all the kinds of tea you should collect before winter sets in, here are a few home remedies to try that will act as the best preventive against the winter months.
- Keep Yourself Hydrated
If you feel winter is the month when you don’t have to remember to drink water, you couldn’t be more wrong! Drinking enough water is vital to your overall health, even if you’re not fighting a cold. Make sure you drink between 8 and 10 glasses of fluids, including water and other fluids that aren’t caffeine-based, during your time of rest and recuperation from the common cold.
- Add Zinc Supplements To Your Diet
Zinc helps boost your immunity and keeps all illnesses at bay. Having zinc at the first sign of feeling sick can help you recover from the cold quickly. There are also various medicines available over the counter, like Ibuprofen or acetaminophen, that can ease headaches, pain in joints, and fever symptoms caused by an illness like a cold (6).
So now that you are fully ready to fight cold, no more of the sneezy-wheezy winters. Remember to take good care of your health and keep your ears and neck protected from the chilly winds. Make sure you step out with a mask on to prevent any foreign particles that can cause a cold. All you need to do is drink and eat healthy to get yourself going for a rejuvenating vibe. Do you have any favorite tea recipes? Let us know in the comments below!
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- The effect of Echinacea spp. on the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 and other respiratory tract infections in humans: A rapid review
- Beneficial effects of green tea: A literature review
- Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) essential oil demonstrated anti-inflammatory effect in pre-inflamed human dermal fibroblasts
- Organic Acids from Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.)—A Brief Review of Its Pharmacological Effects