Cold and Flu Recovery
Cold and Flu Recovery
The unpleasant symptoms of the common cold or influenza are not to be underestimated - runny nose or nasal congestion, sore throat, coughs, headaches, shivers, muscle and joint pain, sinus problems and loss of appetite are all conditions that can really bring us down. Most people are only too glad to find anything that will alleviate the misery of such symptoms, and though analgesics and antihistamines may help, it’s always good if relief can be obtained from natural products that also taste nice!
Whether it’s a summer cold or winter flu, if you’re unlucky enough to succumb to a respiratory infection, there are a number of great-tasting teas and tisanes to help you feel better and keep you warm and hydrated on your road to recovery. 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 help in the fight against flu infections, but there are a range of ingredients in certain teas that offer extra health benefits.
- Peppermint Herbal Tea is a wonderful, soothing drink that has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Its menthol notes can help unblock a stuffed up nose and alleviate sinus infection symptoms.
- Nettle Herbal Tea can be used in the treatment of respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and sinusitis, to help break up congestion.
- Chamomile Herbal Tea has calming properties and contains infection-fighting compounds. And being caffeine-free, it’s the perfect relaxing drink to help you get a good night’s sleep.
- Liquorice Root Herbal Tea has anti-viral properties and may help relieve nasal congestion.
- Ginger Root ’n’ Lemon Herbal Tea is a great blend of ingredients to consume when enduring a cold or flu. Not only will ginger root warm you from the inside when you’re feeling under the weather, but it contains gingerols and shogaols, compounds that may help with symptom relief. The addition of lemon, hibiscus blossoms and fruit peel adds vitamins and antioxidants for immune support.
- Hibiscus Herbal Tea is packed with antioxidants and also rich in vitamin C and iron, helping the immune system to stay balanced and fight bacteria.
- Sencha Lemon Tea is a delicate green tea with added lemon, to help soothe a sore throat when you’re poorly.
- Boysenberry Fruit Tisane is a sweet and refreshing blend of fruits for a vitamin boost in a thirst-quenching drink.
When preparing the above teas and tisanes, a little honey will add sweetness if desired, and may help with upper respiratory tract infection symptoms. Other therapeutic teas for cold and flu recovery can be viewed here, and if a friend or family member is laid low with pesky symptoms, a Tisane Selection Pack makes a lovely get well gift to cheer them up as they recover.