6 Teas to Help Fight Winter Colds
By Rachel Chemerynski
Whether you have little ones in school, or your trip to work consists of traveling on a train with hundreds of sneezing commuters, cold and flu germs are everywhere this time of year. But that doesn’t mean you have to succumb! In honor of National Hot Tea Month, we’ve rounded up six teas that can help wean off winter colds, and keep you healthy during the rest of the season.
Sure, having a raspy voice may appear “sexy” for a little while, but not when the source of it is a cold. Yogi Tea’s organic Throat Comfort is packed with soothing herbal ingredients like slippery elm bark and wild cherry bark to ease minor throat irritation. Plus, the added licorice gives it a sweet and subtle flavor boost. $4.99 for one box (16 tea bags); yogiproducts.com
This herbal blend of organic rooibos, echinacea, astragalus, elder berries, and ashwagandha is specially designed to help you battle those cold germs to the ground once and for all! While we agree there’s nothing better for your immunity than treating your body well (through massage, clean food, and exercise), this tea is the perfect complement to your winter immune-boosting routine. $10.50 for one tin (36 tea bags); republicoftea.com
We all know how beneficial sleep and rest are for our bodies, especially when we have a cold, but how many of us actually follow through with it? Tazo Rest combines calming ingredients like lemon balm, lavender, rose petals, and valerian root to help you get the beauty sleep you need to for optimum health. Available in loose-leaf form, use one heaping teaspoon and you’ll be on your way to restful bliss. $7.95 for 2 oz.; tazo.com
Ginger is said to help aid digestion, and while sipping on sugar-laden gingerale may not be the healthiest antidote for a stomach bug, they’ve at least got the ginger part right. Fortunately, Yogi Tea has created a blend of warming herbs like ginger, coriander, cardamom, fennel seed, and licorice to help ease stomach pains 100 percent naturally. We especially love sipping on this tea after a big meal to aid digestion. $4.99 for one box (16 tea bags); yogiproducts.com
This powerful blend includes all of our favorites berries—strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, goji berries, and elderberries—for a super antioxidant boost. Another perk: For every online purchase of Organic Berry Wellness, Mighty Leaf donates $1 to the Art for Recovery program in honor of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. $13.95 for 4 oz. (loose tea); mightyleaf.com
- Gypsy Cold Care: Elder, yarrow, and peppermint are the base of this tea, intended to keep you warm, cozy, and sniffle-free throughout the dark, winter nights.
- Echinacea Plus: Echinacea is a must-have during cold season in our book, and has been used for centuries for immune support.
- Throat Coat: With notes of licorice, slippery elm, and marshmallow root, this earthy tea will get your voice back to normal. (Think of it as a makeover for your throat.)
- Breathe Easy: Ignite your senses with this powerful blend of eucalyptus, fennel, and Bi Yan extract offers a breath of fresh air—literally!
$4.99 for one box (16 tea bags); shop.traditionalmedicinals.com
What are your favorite teas and home remedies for fighting stubborn winter colds?
Rachel Chemerynski is a certified health coach and freelance writer living in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the founder of Healthy Chicks, a wellness community dedicated to inspiring twenty-something women to live happier, healthier, more satisfying lives.