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The holidays are over, school is back in session, and winter is in full swing. While you were busy enjoying the holidays, cold and flu season has crept up on us! January and February are the winter months that usually show a peak in cold and flu. This season, tea is your key to staying healthy. Read on to learn more about the best tea for colds.
How to Prevent a Cold with Tea
To stay healthy, integrate these tips (and teas) into your daily routine to boost your immune system’s ability to prevent and fight colds.
First, choose a healthy diet that will boost your body’s natural defense against the common cold. Many of the spices found in Pekoe’s organic loose-leaf teas are excellent immune boosters. Incorporate the traditional chai spices of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger root to fortify the immune system. Sip turmeric and licorice root for their antiviral properties, which help to combat cold and flu. Add honey and lemon for their antimicrobial properties that help prevent infection.
Second, reduce your stress! According to the APA, stress weakens the immune system. When we learn how to manage our stress it benefits our day-to-day health. A cup of caffeine-free herbal tea, and the relaxing ritual of brewing and drinking a cup, will do wonders in alleviating stress.
SIP TIP: Energize, boost immune, and reduce stress with Mango Mate with Ginseng. Yerba Mate tea can increase focus, while ginseng could improve stamina and stress resistance. This is the perfect sip before a tough day at work (or during exams at CU Boulder!)
How to Treat a Cold with Tea
We all know the prescribed course of action when the common cold strikes: drink fluids and rest. These is no cure for the common cold, but we can manage symptoms, reduce discomfort, and promote recovery. This is where tea comes in!
A cup of caffeine-free tea will hydrate your body, and – depending on the tea – may soothe sore throat, reduce nausea, or ease cough before helping you back to sleep.
Below are our 4 favorite teas for preventing and fighting a cold.
* Pekoe Revival Herbal Tea was designed to offer preventative and detoxifying health benefits! This caffeine-free organic tea blends wellness-boosting peppermint, licorice root, ginger, cloves and red rooibos tea.
* Best for: Nausea, Congestion, Sore Throat, Cough
* Why: Ginger and peppermint are well-known for their ability to calm an upset stomach. The natural menthol in peppermint acts as a decongestant. Licorice root has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe a sore throat, and may act as an expectorant to help with cough.
* Best for: Immune Health, Nausea, Sore Throat, Body Aches
* Why: Cinnamon, lemon, and turmeric are powerhouses when it comes to being proactive in preventing colds. Ginger and cinnamon are also anti-inflammatory for your sore throat, and ginger can help to reduce nausea.
* Best for: Congestion, Sore Throat, Cough
* Why: Sage is antiseptic and astringent, working wonders on sore throats and congestion. Licorice root may act as an expectorant to help with cough.
* Best for: Nausea, Sore Throat, Body Aches
* Why: The mild, delicious flavor of rooibos tea is enjoyable even when you’re feeling unwell. Cinnamon can help to calm an upset stomach, and its anti-inflammatory properties can soothe sore throat and ease the body aches that are characteristic of cold and flu.
SIP TIP: Not only comforting and sweet, honey is known to be antimicrobial, and it helps the immune system to fight infection. Raw, local honey is best! Adding honey to our tea for colds can help to prevent colds, and may soothe a cough or sore throat.