Every year a nasty bug makes the rounds in schools, the office, and amongst friends and family. You got the flu vaccine. You wash your hands religiously, you wipe down your phone, door handles, and surfaces with disinfectant, and avoid your coughing companions like the plague. Despite your best efforts, you wake up one day with those terrible symptoms: cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, fatigue etc… You’re sick!
Aside from bedrest, plenty of fluids, a good diet, medicine, and other practical advice to get over your cold or flu, drinking certain teas may bring relief, and might even help you recover faster. Not to mention the soothing relief a nice hot cuppa brings!
Green tea contains many beneficial compounds, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and l-theanine. These compounds have antioxidant, as well as antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking green tea throughout the day can not only help you stay hydrated and provide temporary relief to symptoms, it can also help fight the virus itself.
Keep in mind that green tea has caffeine, so don’t drink it too late in the day, or in too great a quantity.
While elderberry is a tasty addition to certain flavored tea blends, it has also been used for hundreds of years to treat respiratory infections.
Tea made from elderberries contains compounds that reduce inflammation in mucous membranes and has antiviral properties. Studies evaluating the effectiveness of elderberry found that participants were able to recover from flu days faster than those who did not consume elderberry.
There are several species of elder, but Sambucus nigra, AKA black elder, is the one used most often for medicinal purposes. Be careful if you are harvesting your own elder; not all elder is created equal. Some species, like dwarf elder, may be toxic. When you buy food with elderberries, it is usually the black elder variety.
Here’s some of our tea blends that contain elderberries:
- Organic Black Currant Tisane: Addictively piquant and fruity notes of blackcurrant, elderberry, hibiscus, and rosehip make this a flavorful and healthy herbal infusion. Naturally caffeine free, rich in antioxidants.
- Organic Parisian Red: An exotic organic rooibos blend with fruity flavors of blueberry, raspberry, and smooth notes of vanilla. Organic rose petals, lavender petals, and hibiscus lend a fragrant and piquant finish. A complex and alluring cup. Naturally caffeine free, full of antioxidants.
- Organic Toasted Coconut Apple: A decadent black tea blend with creamy flavors of coconut and vanilla, paired with sweet apple notes, cinnamon & clove spice. An amber oolong gives this tea a toasted finish. This is an addictive sipping tea that will squelch your sweet cravings.
- Organic Harvest Apple: Reminiscent of an autumn apple harvest. Sweet notes of apple & maple, with spicy cinnamon & clove undertones, and an alluring orange zest. This caffeine free rooibos/honeybush blend will warm you up without keeping you awake!
- Organic Mile High Maple: A rich blend of black organic teas with the magnificent tartness of blackcurrant and the sweet kiss of maple. Great for a cool spring morning, or a sunny afternoon tea gathering.
- Organic Peachy Keen Green: Flavors of peach and passionfruit mingle in this pure organic green tea blend, with hints of orange peel, rose hips, and elderberry. An intoxicating fruity blend that will leave you feeling peachy keen! Excellent hot or iced.
Menthol and methyl salicylate, the active ingredients in peppermint, help thin mucous, making peppermint steam an effective decongestant and expectorant. A soothing infusion of peppermint tea may also help relieve a sore throat.
Here’s some popular peppermint tea blends:
- Organic Peppermint: Premium loose leaf organic peppermint. Cool and refreshing. Great for digestion. Also good for breaking up coughs. An infusion of peppermint is great for the skin too. Naturally caffeine free.
- Organic Peppermint Rooibos: A smooth, naturally sweet organic rooibos base with cool and refreshing flavors of peppermint. A flavorful tonic for digestion, cough, and sore throat. Naturally caffeine free.
- Organic Ginger Lemon Mint: An organic herbal infusion with piquant notes of lemon, spicy flavors of ginger, and a cool finish of peppermint. Naturally caffeine free, full of antioxidants.
- Organic Meeting Of The Mints: Sweet notes of spearmint meet cooling notes of peppermint, balanced with piquant flavors of hibiscus. a truly elevated organic herbal infusion. Naturally caffeine free, rich in antioxidants.
- Organic Moroccan Mint: A cool and refreshing organic Chinese green tea with organic spearmint. Great for cleaning the palate and for digestion. Makes a refreshing iced tea too!
Please note: The content of this article is for informational use only, and should not be considered medical advice. As always, consult a medical professional regarding diagnoses and treatment of the cold & flu, or any medical conditions.
- Effects of Green Tea Catechins and Theanine on Preventing Influenza Infection among Healthcare Workers: A Randomized Controlled Trial: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3049752/
- 8 Tips to Treat Colds and Flu the ‘Natural’ Way: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/8-tips-to-treat-colds-and-flu-the-natural-way#4
- Elderberry, University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/elderberry
- Beat the Flu, Elderberry fights the virus and speeds recovery: http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/beat-flu
- Peppermint, University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/peppermint