What is the best tea for cold and flu?
Tea can be used both as an immune booster to prevent colds or to treat or reduce the severity of a cold. But did you know that simply drinking tea on a daily basis will help boost your immune system? It turns out there are studies that show certain components found in tea - specifically EGCG and L-theantine that help strengthen the immune system by priming T cell activity. EGCG is found mainly in higher amounts in green,white, purple and some oolong teas.
TIP: Drinking tea throughout the day will encourage bathroom use, and more opportunities to wash your hands!
But before we move forward, if you caught the flu you will know it. The flu is highly contagious during this initial phase. If you feel like you got hit by a truck - STAY HOME.
Herbal teas for colds
Using some common herbs can help address the symptoms of the cold and flu, make you feel better and hopefully allow your body to recover quicker. Here are a few that we found effective:
Helps relieve a sore throat and inhibits rhinoviruses which cause colds in the first place. Also serves as an expectorant for coughs and calms upset stomachs.
A member of the mint family, speeds the healing of cold sores and is a potent anti-viral herb.
Used for sore throats, coughs and sinus congestion.
Anti-viral, anti-spasmodic and an expectorant.
Echineccia has been shown in clinical trials to be as effective as tamiflu - with fewer side effects and much lower cost.