While winter is eagerly awaited after the heat and extreme humidity, it also brings seasonal illnesses – with congestion from a stuffy nose and sore throat being the top irritant. The elixir that works to soothe and alleviate congestion is none other than our favorite tea. The great news is that there are so many varieties of tea that will suit varying tastes and preferences. Let’s take you through the list of the top 6 teas for congestion relief and providing the warmth you need to combat the cold season.
Teas for Congestion Relief
Tea is packed with natural and powerful nutrients and antioxidants that combat illness and help you stay well. Try these teas to combat congestion and those winter ‘blues’, so easily available as tea bags or loose leaves. Remember to buy only from a reputed brand that assuredly contains tea leaves and herbs, and not just tea dust and fannings.
Turmeric is a superfood and nature’s very own ‘physician’. It is packed full of anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and loads of antioxidants. A hot cup of Turmeric tea is a natural and healthy remedy to combat congestion, a runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, and cough while providing a feeling of overall wellness. There are several delicious herbal combinations available designed to support and boost immunity and leave you feeling energetic.
This spicy root is loaded with powerful nutrients and vitamins that energize and strengthen the immune system, while soothing congestion, nausea, and an irritated digestive system. The warmth of Ginger tea helps heal congestion, sore throats, stuffed nose, and more, such that you feel well and sleep better.
Loaded with Vitamin C, hot Lemon tea is a highly potent immunity booster and is known to bring relief to congestion and sore throats. Lemon tea can be prepared either with black tea or green tea as a base.
The refreshing aroma and uplifting taste best describe Peppermint tea. The natural menthol effectively relieves an annoying cough and eases congestion. Additionally, this tea relieves stress, reduces a fever, soothes an upset tummy, and overall leaves one feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Green tea is a universally loved tea, given that is packed full of antioxidants such as catechins, polyphenols, and flavonoids, which are known for their superlative health benefits. A hot cup of Green tea alleviates inflammation in the nasal and respiratory passages, which loosens congestion, soothes a sore throat, and brings relief from a stuffy/runny nose. Additionally, it is a tasty way to remain hydrated and boost the immune system.
Licorice Root Tea
Licorice Root tea has a strong and robust flavor, and given its antiviral and antimicrobial properties, it helps to ease congestion by combating the bacteria/virus that causes it. Licorice Root tea, though, is an acquired taste, and those who find the taste overwhelming can add raw honey and or lemon to balance out the flavor.
Combating Nasal Congestion, Naturally
Seasonal allergies and flu, bring congestion and extreme discomfort, but thankfully you can fight all of these with delicious and nuanced flavors of tea, available from a reputed brand. Tea – any type or flavor – is a great way to heal, feel refreshed, and stay fit, rather than forcing your body to fight illnesses. Tea is a natural immune booster and should be part of your daily diet, whether you are a tea fanatic or not. Do check with your doctor with regard to the kind and quantity of tea, before you begin, especially if you are on medication and or have some kind of health condition.
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