Achy body, sore throat, watery eyes and stuffy red nose!!
Does the flu epidemic wreak havoc in your lives with cranky, whining kids curling up your legs, trying to stifle that cough or sneeze while you cook, talk and walk, wishing you could stuff your nose with tissues rather than wipe them every second and look like a red-nosed reindeer!!
OOhh well !! Sadly there is nothing we can do to make cold disappear in a day, but what we can do is relieve the annoying symptoms by reaching into our cupboards and sipping a soothing cuppa!!
Herbal homemade teas is a gentle solution to ease some of the discomforts associated with flu.
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|Benefits of drinking natural herbal teas|
|How to make herbal teas for cold at home|
|7 flu-fighting herbal teas to help soothe sore throat and cold symptoms|
Do Not Feed a Cold, Brew a Remedy Instead
Cold and flu frankly is the worst resident to be living with!
It’s unwelcome, hard to get rid off and no matter how much you pay for it to leave it will still take its own merry time to pack and finally go when it wants to!
Cold is a virus, which means antibiotics won’t work on them and reaching for over the counter like Ibrufen and paracetamols provide only temporary relief.
Besides, administering medication to kids and toddlers is best avoided.
But what about the in-between times while you still have to carry on with your daily work!
What to drink when you Have cold
You know you have flu coming when you experience pain in the back of your throat, feel tired and groggy.
Resorting to comfort food when feeling down in the dumps can be uplifting.
Soups come closest to cold friendly comfort food but that can be a whole meal!
What do you do to alleviate the stuffy feeling without feeling stuffed yourself!!
Remember, reaching out for caffeine when you feel an energy slack?! That’s the same with Herbal Teas for Cold!
In ancient Ayurveda, spices and herbs have played a very important role as a natural remedy for cold, flu and other health ailments!
Hot teas made with warming herbs and spices either dried or fresh have many benefits that help bring relief to some of the cold symptoms.
Few benefits of herbal teas are:
The medicinal properties of the herbs and spices used help support the immune system.
The aroma inhaled from freshly brewed steaming herbs and spice tea soothes irritated sinus and lungs.
The warm liquid relaxes the inflamed and swollen mucous membrane of the throat.
It’s a delicious medicine that gives children and adult alike, the extra fluid required to fight flu.
Treat the cold with some warm steaming love, and fight the flu!
How to Make Herbal Tea for Colds
There are two ways you can make herbal teas to treat your cold, either by using the infusion method or the boiling method.
BOILING TEA METHOD
This is where selected herbs and/or spices are boiled in water for about 10 mins.
Method for making 1 cup:
- Put 1 and a half cup of water in a pan.
- Add the selected spices and herbs
- Boil at a low temperature for 5 -10 mins
- Strain the spices and serve
Infusions usually use more herbs or spices than regular herbal teas and are steeped for longer periods of time.
You can use a convenient and handy tea infuser teapot.
If you do not have an infuser teapot then a loose tea infuser also works for infusing single cups of herbal tea.
If you have none of the above then a regular pan with a fitted lid will also do.
Method for making 1 cup:
- Put the selected herbs and spices in a pan, or the infuser part of the teapot.
- Pour a cup of boiling hot water in the pot.
- Cover the pan with a tight lid and infuse the spices for a minimum of 8 – 10 minutes.
- Strain the herbs or remove the infuser and serve hot or warm.
Tips for Making Herbal Tea at Home
Although the method of making herbal tea at home is quite simple and easy, I suggest following the tips below to get the best flavours and benefits out of the tea:
- Use whole spices and whole herbs where possible for making herbal tea.
- Gently pound or crush whole spices in a mortar pestle to release its oils and flavours.
- Tear or rub herbs between your palms to release flavour before adding them.
- If the taste of herbal tea is too strong or bitter for your taste, reduce infusion or boiling time and/or add honey or palm sugar. Adding normal sugar does more harm than good if consumed during those mucous stuffed days!
7 Best Tea for Colds Recipes to Try
It may not always be possible to go to a health store looking for specific premier tea blends with health benefits!
Once cold hits, you may not have the time to go to a store or wait for the arrival of an online order.
The best option is to look for ingredients which may already be there in your fridge or spice cupboard!
Here is a list of 7 easy to make herbal teas, good for soothing an achy throat or a runny nose with everyday warming herbs and spices!
And in case you do not have them, luckily, they are available at any local superstore!
1. Ginger Lemon Tea
Ginger has high levels of anti-oxidants while lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C! They both together work as a natural antibiotic against cold.
Grate or crush ginger root and add to boiling water. Strain, add honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
2. Sage Tea
Sage has diaphoretic, astringent and expectorant properties.
In simple words, it means that sage as a herb when consumed helps to expel phlegm and naturally increase sweating which aids in the faster removal of cold – causing toxins.
Tear few fresh sage leaves about 5 for a cup and either brew or boil it in water. Drink tea with or without any additional natural sweeteners.
3. Clove Tea
Cloves like sage is also an expectorant. That is it makes it easier to cough up congestion in your lungs, a tea made with cloves can help make breathing easy by opening the sinus!
Take whole cloves and add it to boiling water. Or roughly crush few cloves and brew it for 5 minutes.
4. Cinnamon, Pepper and Honey Tea
Honey, Cinnamon and pepper all put together are powerful immunity boosters!
Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-microbial properties.
While cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Topping it, is nutrients loaded peppercorn which has vitamin C, flavonoids, antioxidants and antibacterial benefits. So there you see just a cup or 3 of this tea is your superhero against cold!
Add whole cinnamon and peppercorn into the water and boil for 6 – 8 minutes. Add honey and drink up.
5. Licorice Tea
While it may not be the easiest spice to get hold of , but this tea does wonders for your cold and hence has made it to the list.
You can buy licorice root from a health store but I have also used natural licorice candy bought off a supermarket shelf while on holiday and made tea with it! ( prevention is the mother of all invention, especially when it comes to a stroppy bunked up 2 years old)
With a delicious naturally sweet flavor, licorice supports the immune system while reducing throat soreness.
Another fantastic herb for calming spasms in your lungs while thinning mucous so it’s easier to cough it out. This is the best tea to feed fussy kids!
Cut the roots of a licorice or in my case, I chopped the candies and boiled it in water for about 10 minutes. Strain and keep.
6. Mint and Ginger
Mint contains menthol which helps break up congestion and gives you a calming effect, soothing headache and nose block, while the anti-oxidants in ginger beats cold symptoms.
Crush or grate ginger and break few mint leaves, add it to boiling water and let it boil for about 8- 10 minutes.
7. Indian Masala Chai
This tea is the famous Indian Spice Tea! A bit different than any of the teas above as it contains a mix of different anti-oxidant and antiviral spices to your liking.
I would avoid adding milk and sugar but instead add honey or palm sugar to this recipe of Indian Masala Chai.
What are Your Favourite Teas to Beat the Cold?
The above 7 cold bashing spice tea recipes are few that I have tried and tested and can swear by their benefits.
Do you have any of yours that has worked for you and your family? Would love to hear your thoughts on herbal teas.
Please share this article if you think it may help others keep healthy and flu-free this season!
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