If you’re anything like me, when you’re feeling sick and under the weather, you look for any form of comfort available to relieve you from your ailments. For many people, a hot comforting cup of tea soothes a scratchy throat. It’s warm, it’s calming, and the aroma of tea intermingled with herbal infusions can be especially helpful for relieving your scratchy and sore throat symptoms.
But no two teas are alike. Some tea can reduce inflammation, some simply numb your throat, while others can help strengthen your immune system. When seeking relief from your sore throat and cold, the most effective option to fighting your symptoms is through sipping a variety of teas.
Benefits Of Drinking Tea When Sick
After water, tea is the runner-up for the most consumed drink in the world. Black tea, green tea, and oolong tea are high in the antioxidant, flavonoids, which have been proven to reduce inflammation. Drinking these types of tea can help reduce both sore throats swelling and soreness. Chamomile tea is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which reduce swelling and redness while the antispasmodic action of chamomile can also reduce coughing symptoms. In addition, it can also aid in lubricating your throat which can be helpful for hoarseness.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition lists Iron, zinc, copper, folate, vitamins A, C, E and B-6 as specific nutrients your body needs to maintain its health. Teas that include these nutrients can help you fight illnesses from within. Peppermint leaves offer 136 milligrams of vitamin A, about 25 percent of the daily recommended intake. Lemons are jam-packed with Vitamin C which may help break up mucus and aid in pain relief while giving your immune system more oomph to fight your infection.
Sore Throat Soother
Some teas that include peppermint, cloves, as well as Licorice teas are popular ingredients that have been used as analgesics for years to help aid in sore throat symptoms. They work by temporarily numbing your throat which creates an overall soothing feeling to relieving discomfort.
Many people love to use honey to naturally sweeten their tea, but honey holds more benefits than simply replacing its counterpart, sugar. Aside from its natural sweetening ability, drinking tea with honey is a sure-fire way to soothe a sore throat. While honey alone can be an effective suppressant for your cold, it also serves as a natural antibacterial and sore throat soother. Its natural antibacterial properties allow the honey to act as a healer for your wounds and reducing inflammation. Ginger teas serve as a great sore throat remedy, as well as a natural antibacterial. It’s anti-inflammatory properties aid in killing unwanted bacteria, as it flushes out toxins from your body while boosting your blood circulation.
Especially when serious illness or infection is present, it’s important to know that tea is to be utilized as in conjunction with seeking proper medical care and treatments. Next time you’re feeling under the weather, try this anti-inflammatory tea that will help aid in the care of your sore throat or cold!
- 3 cups boiling water
- one 2–3-cm (1-inch) piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 TBSPs dried chamomile flowers (use 3 teabags if you can’t find flowers)
- juice from 1/2 small lemon
- 1 TBSP honey, more to taste
- Pour boiling water in a heat-proof jar (or fill up a kettle that has a sieve). Place in the ginger and chamomile. Steep for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the lemon juice and honey. Strain the tea, pour into a mug and enjoy. Add more honey if needed.
If you’re new to ginger, you can easily use less the first few times and build your tolerance to it.
If you enjoy lighter teas, use more water than the recipe calls for.