Do you believe that herbs offer great alternatives to medicine when used in the proper way?
Different herbs can cure a number of ailments including colds. I wrote about them and you can read the article here. My favorite way to use herbs is through herbal teas and in this article, we shall look at the best teas for colds.
When making teas for colds, various herbs such as Mint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, rosemary, elderberries, oregano, basil, sage, thyme, and slippery elm can be used.
Additionally, teas for colds can also be made using spices such as ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and garlic.
Let’s delve into the best teas for colds.
What are the best teas for colds?
Ginger a perennial spice whose roots (rhizome) are used in many cuisines around the world. It can be used in fresh, dried, or ground form to make tea when boiled in water.
Ginger tea can cure colds because it has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that are linked to gingerol an active compound in the spice.
The pungency in ginger tea can also offer relief to the itchy throat and nasal congestion.
Grabbing a cup of ginger tea will help you get rid of the colds.
Read also: The health benefits of ginger tea.
Due to its healing powers, peppermint is a common ingredient in cough and colds syrups. Mint, also known as Mentha belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is a fragrant herb with a lot of varieties such as peppermint, lavender mint, spearmint, apple mint, and water mint.
In mint is a chemical compound called menthol that has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that make the herb great at healing colds, flu, and sore throat.
The commonly used varieties of mint for making tea are peppermint, spearmint, and apple mint.
You can read more about the health benefits of mint tea here
This is a tea made from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen tree that belongs to the myrtle family.
The antibacterial and antiviral properties of eucalyptus make it a great herbal tea for colds. A herbal tea made out of the leaves of eucalyptus will cure colds, sore throat, and flu.
Known by the scientific name salvia Rosmarinus, rosemary is a fragrant woody, perennial herb that may have white, pink, purple, or blue flowers.
Rosemary tea has antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help cure colds and soothe sore throats.
Related; Health benefits of rosemary.
Sage tea is made from an herb known as sage or by its scientific name Salvia Officinalis. It is an evergreen herb with woody stems, grayish leaves, and purplish flowers. Sage belongs to the same family as oregano, lavender, rosemary, basil, and thyme.
Sage has many health benefits and healing properties. For colds, sage can kill viruses responsible for colds, sore throat, and flu. In sage are vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin c, and vitamin K which are immunity booster making the body stronger to fight colds and related conditions.
Related; Health benefits of sage.
Cinnamon tea is a popular tea with a lot of health benefits. Among the many health benefits of cinnamon tea helps many ailments including colds and sore throats. As a spice, cinnamon is obtained from the bark of several trees from the Cinnamomum genus.
Usually, to make cinnamon tea for cold, cinnamon is mixed with honey to make colds healing tea.
Learn about the cinnamon honey combo here.
Thyme is an evergreen perennial herb of the mint family. Thyme has an aromatic scent and the tea made out of it tastes great too.
Thyme tea has antiviral and antimicrobial properties that fight colds. Thyme also has vitamins such as vitamin C and A that are immunity boosters and can help you heal from colds.
Oregano is an herb from the mint family and can be consumed fresh or dried to make an herbal tea with a lot of health benefits. In oregano are antibacterial properties and powerful antioxidants making it a great remedy for colds.
Tea made out of oregano will cure your colds as it is highly nutritious and a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, copper, vitamin E and other nutrients.
Related; health benefits of oregano
Elderberries or elderflowers.
These two come from the same plant which is the elder shrub. The shrub bears elderberries as fruits and elderflowers.
Elderberries are dark in color while the flowers are usually white in color. Both the flowers and berries have antiviral properties and when made into tea they can calm the effects of colds and the flu virus. Tea made from either parts of the shrub i.e. elderflowers or berries can help clear congested nasal passage, stop running nose or sinus drip.
Basil is a fragrant, green leafy herb of the mint family. Tea made from basil has a lot of health benefits and is popularly used for medicinal purposes.
Basil tea has antimicrobial properties that make it a great remedy for colds. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties make basil tea a healing tea.
If you can stand the smell and taste of garlic, garlic tea can be a powerful remedy for colds. Garlic is a root of the perennial plant Zingiber Officinale whose rhizome is used as a spice. The spice has a lot of health benefits which are attributed to the presence of the active compound, allicin.
When made into tea, garlic tea will boost your immunity to fight various infections and diseases. However, the smell and taste are not that favorable and it would take a strong-hearted person to take garlic tea.
Black pepper tea.
When I thought I had seen enough of teas, there came black pepper tea. Who makes tea out of black pepper?
However, when made, black pepper tea has a lot of health benefits. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in black pepper make this tea powerful at healing colds. However, black pepper tea has a hot flavor.
Chamomile tea is a sweet tea that is enjoyed by many people. It is made out of dried chamomile flowers and has a lot of health benefits. These benefits are attributed to the presence of flavonoids. Chamomile teas have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great remedy for colds, sore throat, and flu.
When taken, chamomile tea can reduce the symptoms of colds, soothe sore throats, and calm related pains.
What ingredients can be mixed in herbal teas to increase their healing powers?
Herbal teas can heal colds much faster when mixed with other ingredients. Below are some of the most effective ingredients to add in teas for colds;
Honey is most times combined with other ingredients to make colds soothing herbal teas.
Honey has antimicrobial properties that can fight colds causing bacteria and viruses. When added to herbal teas, the mixture cures colds faster than the herbal tea or honey would have done alone.
Lemon and lime are rich in vitamin C which plays an important role in fighting colds and boosting the immune system.
Lemons are cut and squeezed into herbal teas to increase their colds healing properties. Getting enough vitamin C will increase immunity and heal respiratory infections and illnesses.
What other ways can you use herbs for colds?
Besides tea, you can steam using herbs and spices to cure colds. When you are to steam yourself with herbs, you will need fresh or dried herbs. These will be submerged in boiling water and boiled to release steam.
Cover yourself with a thick cloth to create a steam tent. Some of the best herbs for steaming are mint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, rosemary, elderflowers, oregano, basil, sage, and thyme.
When to see the doctor.
If it is just a cold, using herbs will take it away. But when symptoms worsen seek medical care.
What are the symptoms to look for;
- Fever of up to 102°F
- Runny nose or congested nasal passage that doesn’t clear.
- Severe sore throat. (when it’s hard to swallow)
- Unending headaches.
- Cough wit chest pain.
- Muscle aches.
- Watery eyes.
If these symptoms last longer than 10 days, it is high time you saw a doctor before your situation gets out of hand.
You should also see the doctor if you have a history of a weak immune system.
Pregnant mothers, babies, and people on certain medications should see the doctor.
Herbs may also not be effective for everyone. People that are allergic to certain herbs should avoid them and see the doctor instead.
The bottom line.
Herbs have antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that can fight off flu, sore throat, and colds. Despite the fact that these herbs can help, always talk to your medical provider before using these herbs for any treatment; since most of the herbs come with side effects.
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