Winter is slowly coming to an end, and flowers beginning to bloom, while bees will spread pollen.
As the days start to warm up, we will transition out of our layers to lighter sweaters and brighter colors.
While that is a time to look forward to, our bodies might be saying otherwise because not only is flu season still on the scene- our allergies are ready to rise.
Lucky for you this year doesn’t have to be as bad thanks to tea, whether you enjoy herbal or caffeinated and its diverse temperatures of hot or ice. I’ve blended up some pretty good teas for at Healing Intentions Natural to help you feel your best at all times.
There are teas to help keep your immune system ahead of the flu virus, as well as balanced and ready to fight off those pesky spring allergens.
Although there are many to choose from, I compiled a list of my best tea blends to drink when you have a cold or flu and suppress spring allergies.
I must say I did get end up getting the flu shot when she went in for her annual check-up, and she did catch a mild cold. However, I recovered quickly due to drinking excessive amounts of the following teas below.
Tea Before Getting Sick:
Green Raspberry: A sencha green tea blended with Red Raspberry leaf. Sencha Green tea is a moderate caffeinated tea.
The tea leaves undergo the most common tea process of steamed and rolled. It is predominately grown in Japan directly under the sun. Like many other green teas, loaded with benefits such as the following; anti-aging properties, aids in weight loss, lowering bad cholesterol, prevention of the virus, and bacterial infection, to name a few. The other ingredient, Red Raspberry Leaf, is also an herb that holds many nutrients. The herb is predominantly used by women for either inducing labor or caring for menstrual cramps and bloating. While the herb is popular amongst women, people fail to realize men can get benefits from it too. Red Raspberry is rich in antioxidants, ellagic acid to help prevent antiinflammatory issues. It also contains nutrients such as the following- potassium, calcium, iron, vitamins A, C, and E, which allows it to be an effective cold remedy. However, one must note, this tea works best if you feel like you are about to get sick.
Sweet and Spicy Abundance: An herbal blend of dried ginger root, turmeric, dried candied pineapple, and dried Mango, as its name stated, the tea is spicy and a tidbit sweet.
Due to its yellowing ingredient turmeric, when poured, the tea is a golden yellow. The spice ingredients ginger and turmeric have the possibility of improving immune function when blended, as well as reducing inflammation. Dried candied pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is an immune booster, and when we get sick, our sugar levels tend to drop, so a candied dried fruit in tea helps regulate our sugar levels. Dried mangos are high in fiber, and it is rich in vitamins A and K. While Mango adds flavor in this tea, it can also be used as a laxative to help your body excrete the flu-virus a little easier.
Teas While You Are Sick:
Stability Zest: A caffeinated blend of Elderberry, Earl Grey Bergamot, Dandelion Root, Cranberry, a hint of Hibiscus, Stable Intentions.
A Berry black tea that may help boost your immune system, focus, reduce water weight and offer many other health benefits. The tea is reddish black tea, due to the reddish natural water coloring of hibiscus. It takes of earthy berries thanks to the citrusy flavor of hibiscus combined with earl grey, elderberry, and cranberry. Its caffeine is driven from the tea leaves of Earl Grey originally harvested in India and tested as well as distributed from, Eugene, OR Mountain Rose Herb helps you focus and complete daily tasks. Most of the time when we are sick, we experience fatigue and want to sleep the cold away. While resting is good if you are feeling weak, it is still best to keep some energy to complete little tasks during the day. The goal is to fight the cold/flu if you didn’t take the necessary precautions in preventing the cold/flu.
Another great tea to drink is White Tea.
Now there are many white teas at Healing Intentions Natural, we love White Silver Needle, our blend A Hint of Rose is a go-to for us.
Rose in tea, brings on a refreshing feeling, and it gets rid of toxins that keep you from feeling better. Rose also is an immune booster and quickly fights off illnesses once consumed due to its high levels of Vitamin C. According to research, Silver Needle tea is packed with antioxidants, which are known to fight off cold and flu symptoms. This tea will have you looking and feeling good in no time, whether it is drunk before, after, or while you are sick.
Please note, if you are feeling ill talk to your physician first, these teas are not made to prescribe any health benefits, but are used as suggestions to help fight the cold and flu, after you spoke to your doctor.