I’ve had my fair share of sickness over the last few months. Everything from nausea, sore throat, body aches, congestion and the full blown flu! It’s been a rough fall and winter season trying to avoid getting sick. I’ve found that when I’m sick or starting to feel a sickness coming on- I force myself to drink a lot of fluids especially teas. People have been using teas to fight off illnesses for centuries so I’m completely sold on the fact that teas can do wonders for the body. I’ve found that drinking a cup of herbal tea can help relieve some of the symptoms of many illnesses.
Here are 6 teas to drink when you’re sick (depending on your symptoms):
For thousand of years, ginger has been known as the universal medicine. Ginger has been made famous for its ability to fight nausea and its ability to help settle your stomach when ill. Multiple studies suggest that ginger helps relieve motion sickness and morning sickness, as well as nausea induced by chemotherapy or surgery, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Teas made from ginger have high levels of Vitamin C. Other benefits of drinking ginger tea; less-painful periods and improves food digestion! Yes & yes!
Hibiscus tea is my favorite tart-y tea! It’s similar in taste to a very mild cranberry juice. Hibiscus tea is very high in Vitamin C which helps support your immune system. This is a great tea to drink to prevent sickness but also when/if you’re sick because you need all the vitamin C you can get- drink up! Naturally caffeine free too so no need to worry about not being able to sleep or fully rest. Other benefits of hibiscus tea; might be able to lower blood pressure; reduce levels of sugar and fats in the blood; decrease spasms in the stomach, intestines, and uterus; reduce swelling; and work like antibiotics to kill bacteria and worms, according to WebMD.
Chamomile tea isn’t my first choice to relieve cold or flu symptoms because studies haven’t proven the benefits yet. BUT I will say that chamomile tea is the first thing I reach for when I need to sleep or relax. When I’m sick, I always feel restless so this is a great way to relax, sleep and hydrate myself. I drink this tea when I’m not sick as well to help with relaxation and sleep. Other benefits; reducing menstrual pain (definitely drinking this when it’s that time of month!) and reduces inflammation along with many other benefits.
A tea that fights the flu…yes, please! Echinacea has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties and is a immune-strengthening agent. It has been found that is shortens the duration time of your flu symptoms and reduces the odd of developing a cold by 58 percent, according to HealthLine. Research shows it increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections, according to WebMD. Echinacea has so many other benefits but for the cold and flu season this is going to be my go-to!
The most popular of the teas- green tea! According to WebMD, Green tea’s biggest benefit? “It’s all about the catechin content,” says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist. Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it’s poured in your cup, so it’s rich in catechins. Some studies show that they can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infections, according to HealthLine. Other benefits include; antioxidants in green tea may lower your risk for some types of cancer, lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, lowers risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Couple tips from WebMD on how to make your next cup:
- Don’t add green tea to boiling water. It’s bad for catechins, those healthy chemicals, in the tea. Better: 160-170 degree water.
- Add lemon. Vitamin C makes the catechins a easier to absorb. Dairy, on the other hand, makes it harder to absorb them
Kukicha tea, aka twig tea, is one of my favorite teas to drink! I swear by this tea…seriously! “Kukicha tea is made from twigs and stems of the Camellia sinesis tea tree. The higher-grade teas, such as matcha and sencha, are produced using the buds and leaves, leaving the plants nearly bare after harvesting. Kukicha usually takes the form of green tea”, according to LiveStrong. Twig tea is very high in vitamins A and C and B-complex vitamins which are all antioxidants. Twig tea contains more calcium than cow’s milk, according to Julie Ong, author of “The Everything Guide to Macrobiotics.” Long story short- twig tea does wonders to my body anytime it isn’t feeling at its best. It’s always my go-to tea of choice.
Whether you are sick or trying to prevent a sickness, teas are a great place to start!
Note: Check with your doctor before consuming these teas. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.
What is your go-to teas to drink when you’re sick?