Do you ever wonder what the best tea to drink when sick is? They say that you should drink hot liquid when you’re sick to stay hydrated and take care of your body, but there are many teas out there to choose from. There are also many different ways to feel under the weather. Check out this guide for the best tea to drink when sick to pick the best option for you and your type of malady!
1. Immunitea, Divinitea
This herbal blend is an all time favorite of mine because it is a delicious, organic, beautiful blend of loose leaf herbals that will have you back on your feet in no time. Some find that this tea puts them to sleep, but personally, I only sometimes get sleepy after a pot of it. Overall, it’s calming, soothing, and good immune support. If you are congested or have a sore throat, I promise this is the best tea to drink when sick. You’ll feel way better!
For gastrointestinal trouble like nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea, fresh ginger or dried ginger root tea is the best tea to drink when sick. Not only does the subtle burn of the ginger get the gross taste out of your mouth, but it helps to soothe the throat going down. Ginger is known to be a tried and tested treatment for digestive upset, but it can also help in fighting infections like the cold or flu, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and is downright delicious. Try adding some fresh lemon and honey to your tea to help you enjoy the spice of ginger!
Find ginger at your local grocery store, in herbal blends, or through a local apothecary.
Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb that is classified as an adaptogen, which means it helps to relieve stress. As you may know, stress changes our hormonal balance and makes it harder for our immune system to function, so the support is much needed. As an added bonus, this special herb is also known to increase energy levels, and help improve memory and cognitive function. I don’t love the taste of ashwagandha, but the health benefits are hard to beat. Although, with a little bit of maple syrup, it’s not bad.
Find ashwagandha in various herbal blends, or buy loose leaf through Dobra Tea or a local apothecary.
4. Good As Gold, Ora
This golden milk powder is advertised as the drink equivalent of a hug, and I have to agree! I love this organic, naturally sweet powder with some warmed alternative milk and a little bit of hot water whenever I feel like I need a boost. Turmeric is known to reduce inflammation, and can also help to soothe an upset stomach. The powdered ginger, ashwagandha, and reishi mushroom also help to pack an extra punch of immune support.
If you haven’t heard of it before, reishi mushroom is know to boost the immune system by helping to support the activity of your white blood cells. Reishi mushrooms have also been linked to fighting fatigue and depression, which is a big help when you’re sick on the couch. I love sipping this powdered ‘tea’ every day, but it’s also the best tea to drink when sick!
Calendula is a slightly bitter little flower known to be packed with antioxidants and some anti-inflammatory compounds. Although all the possible uses of calendula needs further scientific research, this little flower is most often used to treat a sore throat or mouth. It has also been used to ease menstrual cramps, reduce fevers, and soothe skin. Some use calendula as a treatment for wounds that do not heal properly. Calendula may cause sleepiness or drowsiness, so have some before a healing, sick person nap!
Find calendula in herbal blends or through a local apothecary.
Another popular flower used to treat illness, echinacea is currently known as the best tea to drink when sick with a cold or the flu. The purple coneflower is used to treat inflammation, migraines, and pain, as well as potentially improving anxiety and skin health. This herb also requires more scientific research, but generally, it is high in plant compounds that function as antioxidants, and is demonstrated to have a positive effect on the human immune system.
Echinacea tea is pretty easy to find because it is a common over-the-counter remedy.
Another good herbal packed with antioxidants, this tea helps the immune system by protecting cells from damage by free radicals (thank you, antioxidants). The true health benefits of this tea come from drinking it over time, which is easy because it is tasty, especially with milk and sweetener. That being said, if you’ve already saturated yourself with other herbal tea blends and need a switch, rooibos can help support your immune system without overloading your body with the same compounds you’ve been drinking all day. Plus, the taste is a nice change from classic sick person tea.
Rooibos tea is pretty easy to find! Go for loose leaf if you want the best.
Oh chamomile, so soothing. Not only is chamomile known to help you get to sleep, but it contains an antioxidant that binds to receptors in your brain that are known to reduce insomnia, ultimately helping you get a better nights sleep. Although there are many other ailments that chamomile is used for, it is only proven to be soothing and helpful for sleep. Personally, I find that it calms my mood as well, and others say it helps them with digestion, skin health, and immunity.
Chamomile is quite common and easy to find!
9. Get Soothed, The Republic Of Tea
This is an excellent blend specifically made for sore throats, but I often use it for any type of cold or congestion. With rooibos, ginger root, marshmallow root, and licorice root, this herbal blend is the best tea to drink when sick because it loosens congestion and soothes you inside and out. I like the taste of this tea, especially steeped for a really long time, but maybe that’s just because I can’t taste much when I’m sick anyway!
10. Get Wellness, The Republic Of Tea
I love this herbal blend for building immunity, but also as a change of taste when I’ve had too many cups of something else. Reviewers claim that the frequency, duration, and severity of sickness has decreased for them after adding this tea into their regime. Although there is no concrete evidence, the rooibos, echinacea, and ashwagandha in this blend certainly do support their claims. The subtle spice is also really nice when sick.
What do you think the best tea to drink when sick is? Let us know if you’ve tried any of these below!
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