Teas to Make You Feel Better This Winter
It may be the season to be jolly, but it's not so much fun if you come down with a cold or flu. As well as the usual remedies to reach for on your road to recovery, there are a number of great-tasting teas that can contribute to your line of defence against infection, or help alleviate symptoms and keep you warm and hydrated, should you succumb to a cold or flu.
Most teas contain antioxidants to help boost immunity, such as quercetin, known for its antiviral properties, and also L-theanine, an amino acid that may be of benefit in the fight against flu infections.
Lemons are typically used in cold and flu relief preparations. As well as being full of infection-fighting vitamin C, lemon with honey is commonly used to sooth a sore throat. Lemon teas are good to sip to help unblock a stuffed up nose and clear congestion.
Teas with ginger will warm you from the inside when you're feeling under the weather. As well as having antiviral and antibacterial properties, ginger contains gingerols and shogaols, compounds that can assist in the relief of cough and cold symptoms. Ginger is also believed to be good for removing toxins from the body.
Liquorice root is thought to have anti-viral and decongestant properties. The naturally sweet flavour of Liquorice Root Herbal Tea tastes delicious as well as it being therapeutic.
Peppermint Herbal Tea has antibacterial and antiviral properties, and its menthol notes can help relieve congestion and alleviate sinus infection symptoms.
Turmeric tea is soothing, with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and is great for helping boost the immune system.
Nettle Herbal Tea can be used in the treatment of respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and sinusitis, to help break up congestion.
Rose Hips Herbal Tea is good to drink for its vitamin C boost.
Chamomile Herbal Tea is a wonderful soother and contains infection-fighting compounds. Being caffeine-free, it's the perfect relaxing drink to help you get a good night's sleep.
Tea-Direct.co.uk has a great selection of teas that may be of benefit for infection resistance or cold and flu recovery. Why not be prepared and stock up on your winter supplies today?