The Best Teas for a Cold
Winter weather is finally upon us, and while it brings family and friends together over the holidays, it’s also a wonderful time for catching the common cold. It’s well-documented at this point that there is no cure for the common cold, but remedies? There are thousands across every culture on this planet. Naturally, one of our favorites is the versatile beverage collectively known as tea.
Now we’re not making specific health claims here. But we can share certain types of teas that we’ve found more helpful than others when our noses start to drip and the coughing starts. While there’s no cure for the cold, tea is a wonderful way to stay hydrated and a warm and soothing balm to any sore throat.
Ginger has been one of the world’s most popular homeopathic curatives since probably around the beginning of recorded history. Some studies even suggest that it can help relieve bronchial and nasal congestion.
For starters, peppermint tea is delicious and ties perfectly into the western holiday tradition. But as an added health bonus, it also contains menthol, which can help to break up congestion with the added benefit of a soothing, numbing effect. It’s traditionally been used as a remedy against congested sinuses and headaches.
This one’s another old-school remedy, and by old-school, we mean before there were any actual known schools. Before there was western medicine—even in the west—chamomile was the go-to herb for sore throats. Scientifically, it has been backed up with some serious research as a natural anti-inflammatory, so there could definitely be some truth to chamomile’s role in sore throat relief.
While we’d typically recommend pouring a little SomruS into any of these curative teas, it’s probably best to abstain while you have a cold. Instead, try adding a little lemon juice (Vitamin C boost) or honey (a known remedy) into your tea, and celebrate with SomruS once you’re feeling better!