It’s always flu season somewhere. If you’re fighting the sniffles, cough, fever, body aches, and more, first of all, we’re sorry. Second, we’ve got your back. Feeling sick is the last thing that anyone wants, but it does happen. When you start to feel a cold coming on, reach for the medicine and a warm cup of tea. Herbal teas have been used for years to treat a variety of ailments, and we’ve compiled the best teas to feel better.
Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs in the world. It’s great for soothing your stomach, but it also has many great anti-inflammatory properties to help with other aches. If your cold has brought along abdominal gas, indigestion and cramps, enjoy a cup of chamomile.
Hibiscus contains flavonoids and minerals that treat colds and reduce swelling in any area of the body. Hibiscus is also regularly used to treat coughs and to support a healthy immune system.
Need some sleep? The relaxing scent of lavender is not the only thing it’s known for. Lavender has been shown to aid sleep, help with digestion, soothe heartburn, and reduce anxiety.
Lemongrass is delicious and full of vitamins. This plant is best known for its strong and delicious fruity flavor, but it may also reduce fevers.
Green tea contains an antioxidant called quercetin, and an amino acid called L-theanine, which help your body fight the flu. Quercetin has an anti-viral effect that has been shown to fight viruses causing the common cold. It was also found to inhibit the replication of a common cold virus in its initial stage of infection. Try our Jasmine Green tea the next time you’re feeling under the weather.
Elderberry is an herb that’s used to treat respiratory infections, like the flu. According to the University of Maryland, elderberry tea contains compounds that reduce inflammation in mucous membranes to alleviate congestion. Elderberry tea has also been known to boost your immune system.
Echinacea is another herb known for its powerful flue remedy powers. It can reduce the severityof viral infections and even shorten the time you’re sick. For best results, grab a cup of Echinacea tea at the sign of your first symptom.
Licorice Root Tea
If you have a sore or scratchy throat, licorice root tea should be your go-to remedy. Its anti-inflammatory properties can soothe a sore throat and reduce painful swelling. It also helps your body expel mucus, plus it’s sweet and delicious.