Focusing on optimising your immune system naturally can really help when Cold and Flu season hits. Be prepared with delicious loose leaf teas that can help you support your immune system.
Read on for some of the best teas for fighting Cold and Flu viruses.
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1. Greek Mountain Tea
Used as an ancient flu remedy, drinking two to three cups of Greek Mountain Tea every day is thought to help prevent or fight flu symptoms and chest infections.
Also known as Ironwort the tea has been traditionally used to aid digestion, strengthen the immune system and suppress the common cold, flu and other viruses, allergies and respiratory issues, sinus congestion, even pain and mild anxiety (1)
Drink it like the Greeks with a teaspoon of honey. Raw honey is proved to be an effective cough remedy (2)
2. Lemon Teas
Lemon Based herbal teas such as Lemongrass, lemon verbena and Lemon Balm all contain vitamin C which can help boost the immune system. It's a good idea to increase your intake of vitamin C as much as you can when fighting cold or flu symptoms. Our Cool Brew contains a triple whammy of lemongrass, Lemon Verbena and Ginger (read more about the benefits of ginger below)
3. Ginger Based Teas
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger have been known and valued for centuries. (3) Ginger tea can help sooth a sore throat whist boosting immunity to help fight infections. Research shows that fresh ginger is effective at fighting viral infections (4)
Try putting some fresh ginger in your brew adding a few slices to your loose leaf tea in the pot and infuse for at least 5 mins.
4. Hibiscus Tea
Just three cups of caffeine free hibiscus tea may help you to reach your recommended daily dose of vitamin C - a strong antioxidant which is proven in keeping our immune systems healthy. Hibiscus tea is also high in iron, helping the body to maintain red blood cells by keeping the immune system balanced. In studies large doses of vitamin C per day did appear to reduce the duration of cold symptoms (5)
Add a slice of lemon for that extra Vitamin C boost !
5. Mamaki Tea
Mamaki Tea is the new wonder tea on the block, grown in nutrient dense volcanic soil thriving on Hawaiian water. This super tea is higher in antioxidants than green tea it also contains high levels of key essential minerals for the immune system such as Zinc and Iron.
The longer you steep Mamaki the nutrients, flavour and colour become stronger. Unlike green tea It will never turn bitter.
6. Earl Grey Tea
Earl grey tea, a black tea with natural citrus bergamot can prove to be an effective tool in improving the functions of the immune system. Antioxidants present in bergamot help to flight against infections and other ailments. This fruit is also full of disease-fighting compounds and has the unique ability to Activate Autophagy the body’s self-cleaning and anti-aging mechanism. (6)
This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Every person is different and may react to different herbs and teas differently. Never use teas or herbs to treat serious medical conditions on your own. Always seek professional medical advice before choosing natural remedies.