Which is the best tea for a cold and sore throat? How can you help yourself at the time of illness? Having a cold can be very disturbing for many people. Especially in the wintertime, we get infected by viruses that cause us health problems. It is always better to use natural remedies than pills. Read on and you will find which herbs are especially effective for this kind of problem.
What kind of tea is good for colds?
These 5 herbs will help to alleviate the cold symptoms and help you to get better.
You can drink or gargle a tea from dried chamomile. Chamomile tea will relieve the sore throat pain and calm it down. It is an antiseptic that helps relieve pain in the throat and acts soothingly.
Chamomile is a wonderful natural medicine for treating cold and its symptoms. If you have a painful throat; it is good for you to prepare a cup but don’t overdo it with the amount. If you drink too much of this tea you can get digestion problems, diarrhea, and headache. 2-3 cups will be more than enough.
The yellow plant is also the most accessible natural medicine because it can be bought almost anywhere. If you are a fan of herbs then you can grow it at home.
Sage tea is the best home remedy for gum inflammation and mouth ulcers. Sage leaves contain essential oil, tannins, and other agents that act against infections, bacteria, and fungi.
The smell of sage comes from three chemical components: camphor, which has a fresh aroma of wood menthol.
Alpha-thujone has a similar odor just a little sharper. The third component is viridiflorol that has a similar smell like camphor but it is sweeter. Sage also contains cineol which is the main component in the eucalyptus. It helps with constipation and eases problems with difficult breathing.
Cinnamon tea is also considered very effective against sore throat. Take a glass of hot water and put a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with a pinch of pepper and 2 tablespoons of honey in the glass.
The mixture will soothe an irritated throat. You can also try cinnamon oil to which you add a teaspoon of honey. Read more about the tea here.
Russian tea with spices will surely suit your sore and delicate throat. Prepare it hot and drink it slowly. If your throat hurts, you can also replace morning coffee with this drink.
You can add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in your cup, a pinch of cayenne pepper, lemon juice and a quarter of a teaspoon of honey to increase the power of the tea.
Ginger’s root contains many antioxidants, such as terpenoids, alkaloids, and polyphenols. Its leaves contain beta-carotene and ascorbic acid. Antioxidants work in several ways. They neutralize free radicals, decompose peroxides and so on.
Ginger tea has an extraordinary ability to heal various virosis and flu. The spice gives you the ability to heal cheaper and much healthier than with conventional treatment with antibiotics.
This beverage will help you to beat the cold and treat your inflamed throat faster. Use these ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon of ginger
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup of hot water
Mix a teaspoon of ginger and honey with hot water (shouldn’t be too hot). Squeeze half of the lemon into the drink. Drink it for immediate relief of the throat pain.
Why does your throat hurt?
There are many reasons why you have a sore and painful throat. Some of them are a weakened immune system, frequent contact with ill people or too much talking or singing. Respiratory irritation because of smoking, high dustiness or too dry air can frequently cause a painful throat.
A psychological factor can also be cause throat inflammation. It is important to eliminate the cause as soon as possible. A sore throat is a good sign from the perspective of the defense and immune function. It means that your organism responded to the infection caused by germs.
Cold and flu are conditions that are usually caused by infections. Sore throat is usually caused by inflammation (swelling) in the back of the throat (oropharynx) and tonsils. The infection can be caused by streptococcal bacteria (streptococcal sore throat) or viruses. Next non-infectious factors may also be a cause of the problem (less frequently):
- Throat operation
- Alcohol (rarely)
- Hay fever
- Acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux)
- Screaming over a long period of time (eg. cheerleading during sports events)
What are the signs and symptoms of the swollen throat?
Cold is accompanied with next signs of the swollen throat that make us troubles:
- Inflamed tonsils
- Sensitive and swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Sore throat
- Delicate throat
- Pain and difficult swallow
- Fever (usually the result of infection)
- Body pain (usually the result of infection)
- Headache (usually caused by infection)
- Fatigue (usually due to an infection, possibly due to other reasons)
Make a spruce tips syrup
Spruce tips are an effective remedy for colds and inflamed throat. You can make it at home. It contains a lot of vitamin C and therefore improves the general immunity, stimulates and banishes fatigue.
Take about 20 dags of spruce tips, a kilo of brown sugar and a liter of water.
Put spruce tips in the container and pure water on the tips. Boil the water and let it boil for 10 minutes. Strain the juice and add sugar. Put the container on the fire again. Cook the mixture for another 20 minutes. Pour the hot syrup into suitable jars, close them and put them in a cold and dark place, best in the pantry.
You can use the antiseptic preparation of medicinal plants if you have a sore throat accompanied by strong pain. Preparations of sage, eucalyptus, Icelandic moss, and peppermint are very useful. Don’t forget about Echinacea. It is useful to gargle or drink the preparations.
Herbs as a remedy
I recommend that you use these teas and preparations for treating cold symptoms. Sage is the best tea for a cold and sore throat that you can use. I use it for gargling all the time when I have throat pain and it always helps. It is important that you consume preparations full of antioxidants and vitamins (especially vitamin C).
These are antioxidant bomb so take advantage of their healing power. Antioxidants fight with free radicals and also stimulate the immune system. Add lemon and honey in your tea and you will increase its healing power.
Don’t drink it too hot
You shouldn’t drink hot tea because it will irritate your throat even more. You also shouldn’t put honey in a hot drink also because it will destroy the active substances of the honey.
Don’t forget about ginger. You can use fresh ginger or powder for tea preparation. Try my suggestions and don’t exaggerate with the consumption of the mentioned herbs.