5 Herbal Teas to Try Right Now for Cold and Flu Relief
There are plenty of herbal teas that taste delicious and can help loosen the hold symptoms from a cold or flu infection have on you.
Between feeling bone tired, stuffed up, achy and having a chest-rattling cough, you can’t wait for the symptoms to go away so you can get on with your life.
The aromatherapy from inhaling steaming herbs soothes irritated sinuses and lungs. The warm liquid encourages a sore throat to relax. And the properties the hot water extracts from the herbs help support your immune system, calm an upset stomach and break up congestion in your nose and chest.
Herbs That Can Quickly Help You Relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms
- Peppermint Tea – Contains menthol which helps break up congestion along with having a calming and numbing effect. A helpful natural remedy when you have symptoms like a headache, nausea and congested sinuses.
- Ginger Tea – A cup of tea made with ginger has a wonderful warming effect on your body that feels very comforting if you have a chill from a fever. It’s especially helpful relief if you have an upset stomach.
- Yarrow Tea – Relaxes you while offering great immune system support. This classic herbal remedy for colds and flu encourages your body to sweat which can help naturally reduce a fever.
Try our GingerMint Tea with Yarrow
- Cinnamon Tea – Another stomach-soothing herb, cinnamon makes a nice hot tea to warm your body and ease aches that can come with a cold or flu.
- Clove Tea – An expectorant that makes it easier to cough up congestion in your lungs, a tea made with cloves can also encourage sinuses to open up so you can breathe easier and settle down an upset stomach.
- Licorice Tea – With a delicious sweet flavor without the sugar, licorice supports your immune system while reducing soreness in your throat. Another fantastic herb for calming spasms in your lungs if you have a bad cough while thinning mucus so it’s easier for your cough to be productive instead of dry and irritating.
Try our Liver Cleanse Tea with Cinnamon, Cloves and Licorice
Why the Best Herbal Teas are Made with Whole Herb Parts
Not all herbal teas are created equal. Oftentimes when you buy herbal tea bags at the store, they are dried and powdered beyond recognition and have less of the beneficial properties of the original plant.
Just like cooking with whole foods retains more of the good stuff, the same is true for herbal tea. Have you ever made tea with whole berries, chunks of roots and pieces of leaves? The difference in taste and effect may amaze you!
To me, when you get an herbal tea with ingredients like clove buds in it, you should be able to see whole clove buds in the tea blend, not powdered cloves.
The herbs also make great aromatherapy when you lean over the pot of simmering tea and inhale the steam. The essential oils from cloves, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon billow into the air when you simmer those herbs, which also helps activate your immune system and clear congestion as you gently breathe in the steam.
It’s easy to make a whole day’s worth of tea at once so you can drink a hot cup in the morning, and take the rest with you in your water water bottle to drink all day.
Super-Easy Way to Make Herbal Tea With Whole Herb Parts
- Place 1-3 TBSP herbs in a nutmilk bag or small cotton bag and close tightly. If you don’t have a bag to use you can put the herbs straight in the water and use a strainer to remove when done simmering.
- Bring 1 pint to 1 quart water to a low boil. How much water you use here in ratio to your tea determines the potency of your tea.
One Tablespoon to a pint is mild but still potent. Same for 2 Tablespoons herbs to a quart of water. A strong potent tea is made with 3 Tablespoons herbs to a quart of water.
- Turn down to low to simmer for about 10 minutes, then turn off the heat.
- Pour hot tea into your favorite tea pot or mug, breathe in the wonderful aroma and enjoy! Or you can let it sit and steep on the stove, then when cooled off a bit, pour into a glass water bottle to take with you and drink throughout the day for comfort and soothing great taste.
- Bonus points if you sip your hot tea while taking a hot bath to really get your body warmed up and relaxed.
Need Your Hot Herbal Tea Even Faster?
If you need your herbal tea fast without a lot of fuss, you can put the loose herbs in a coffee filter and make it right in your coffee maker. The tea won’t be as potent as when you simmer it on the stove but you’ll still experience some of the benefits and will have it ready to drink in just a few minutes!
Hot herbal tea can help you breathe easier, relax and make symptoms more manageable when you need to get some much needed rest and then get back to your normal routine.
While no cup of tea will make you feel miraculously 100% better after just one cup, continuing to drink whole medicinal teas can clear your system of congestion and irritating toxins, and build up your strength.
Taking a whole herbal tea regularly along with other herbs and healthy foods can help you build your immune fortress. That way your immune system can continue taking care of any cold or flu while you are able to carry on with your life.
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