Herbal Teas for the Winter Cold

It’s the dead of winter and your roommate, everyone in your apartment, and all your classmates are sick. And, to add insult to injury, this past week has brought some frigid temperatures to Colorado Springs. 

Hot tea may therefore sound like your best friend right now. When your tea kettle starts whistling, be savvy. There are some types of herbal tea that can specifically target aspects of the common winter cold, alleviating stress and sniffles alike:

1. Ginger Tea: Not only does ginger have a warming zing, but it also assists circulation in the body. According to MedicineHunter, the anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals in ginger root help to relieve a sore throat and kill rhinovirus, also known as the common cold. Ginger is commonly consumed as an alternative to anti-inflammatory medicine and painkillers.

2. Peppermint Tea: Peppermint is known for having a soothing and cooling effect on the throat and sinuses. Peppermint specifically targets the nasal passageways. Additionally, if you catch a stomach bug in the upcoming months, make sure you still have peppermint tea on hand; it combats nausea and an upset stomach.

3. Hibiscus Tea: This tropical flower has a medicinal reputation because of its ability to assist in lowering blood pressure. The key aspect of hibiscus is its high content of vitamin C. Vitamin C, along with Echinacea and zinc, are often found in natural cold remedies.

4. Lemon Balm Tea: Known for its diaphoretic effects, lemon balm tea will help you sweat out the cold from your body. The Right Tea website explains that, due to its antiviral and antimicrobial properties, the lemon balm plant is detoxifying when your respiratory system is under attack.

5. Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is widely popular because of its relaxing effects, especially before bedtime. Drinking chamomile tea can be extra helpful while fighting off a cold. Quality sleep is necessary in healing from sickness, and chamomile tea aids a good night’s sleep. Also, drinking chamomile tea regularly, and not just when sick, can lessen cold symptoms.

These herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free, so they will provide additional hydration while you flush the cold out of your body. Stay warm, take good care of yourself, and brew a cup of one of these superfood teas when your nose starts running and your throat feels scratchy.  

Illustration By Cate Johnson

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