Do you have a cold? Having a cold is nothing serious but is annoying and you want to get better as soon as possible, right? Homemade tea for colds is well-known to relive cold symptoms and help you to strengthen your immune system again.
Herbal teas contain essential oils, tannins, bitters, vitamins and also minerals. These natural ingredients are in each tea, but their proportions vary throughout the structure. Therefore some teas may have a similar effect, but each type has its own distinctive character.
Regular but moderate tea drinking help us maintain health, as tea strengthens the body’s defences, helps to detoxify and stimulates metabolism. Drinking herbal teas is especially recommended during colds and other virosis.
Homemade Tea For Colds
If you have cold with flu or severe cold, there is nothing better than stay at home and rest. You need rest to recuperate. Teas are the best to drink in this time due to hydration and vitamins they have. With tea you will consume a lot of fluid, which is necessary for reducing fever.
Also, medicines for lowering your body temperature may be less effective, if you don’t drink enough. I recommend next teas to fight cold effectively.
Doctors often advise us to sweat well, if we have colds and viruses. Tea from the elder’s flowers and (or) elderflower fruits stimulate sweating, secretion of the urine and stimulate the functioning of the immune system.
Elderflower tea soothes catarrh and coughs, helps coughing, heals sore throats, helps with flu, asthma and bronchitis, and initial pneumonia. Drinking elderflower preparations reduces recuperating of flu for half. Tea from the elderflower leaves cleanses the blood and is the best skin cleanser you can get. The leaves are also good against the unpleasant body smell.
It is very aromatic and tasty, so you can drink it for the thirst also. You can add a little lemon or orange juice and honey in your tea as well, just be sure that a tea is not too hot (honey and lemon active ingredients would be destroyed).
Rose Hip Tea
Rose hip tea is a tasteful herbal tea that is especially recommended for drinking in the winter time when colds are often. It is rich in natural vitamin C, and responsible for increasing the natural resistance to infections. It is especially recommended for use in elderly people who usually don’t consume enough vitamin C with food.
This tea contains 10 times more vitamin C than a lemon. Studies have found that regular vitamin C intake can shorten the duration of cold symptoms and even weaken them. Additionally, vitamin C is a very important vitamin that you shouldn’t lack, as it is needed to create collagen, which is beneficial for the finer skin, nails, hair, vitality and healthy joints.
The intake of vitamin C strengthens the immune system and helps you to recuperate. Our body can’t store this vitamin, so it is essential to enjoy it daily (even when you are healthy).
Linden flowers contain mucus and stimulate sweating, so this tea is proven to be an excellent natural medicine in the case of colds, coughs and respiratory tract.
It helps to strengthen the immune system due to its high amount of vitamins and antioxidants. Tea from linden flowers prevents cold and flu diseases. Also, consuming this tea can reduce the temperature.
It’s good for people who are stressed and for those who can’t sleep because it relaxes. Nevertheless, tea from linden flowers should be enjoyed moderately, since excessive amounts of this tea can cause heart problems.
The useful part of the hibiscus is actually just a flower. It contains a lot of organic acids, mucus and pectin. Anthocyanins are responsible for its red color. Hibiscus also has its own active substances. Ingestion in large quantities works as a mild laxative, because the plant acids are difficult to absorb into the blood from the intestine.
A tea from hibiscus flowers should alleviate abdominal and uterine cramps among other things, destroy bacteria and eliminate abdominal parasites recording to African folk medicine. It removes bile and water from the body, and also lower blood pressure. Hibiscus tea improves the appetite, strengthens the immune system, gastric and windpipe catarrh, dissolves windpipe mucus, and regulates interfering circulation.
Last but not the least we have ginger tea. It helps with digestive and intestinal problems, and because of its antiseptic action, it is an excellent prevention agent against infectious diseases. At the same time, it lowers fever and acts as an antioxidant, a fighter against free radicals.
Ginger contains oil that is rich in sesquiterpenes, which includes zingiberene, which greatly relieves inflammation. In addition, monoterpenes and aldehydes are also included. Recent research has shown that precisely these ingredients work on one of the most common cold viruses. The burning ingredients of ginger relieve nausea and vomiting.
Many folk healers suggest chewing fresh ginger root, drinking ginger tea, or ingesting juice from the ginger root along with a teaspoon of honey for relieving pain and tightness in the chest caused by flu and cold.
Make a Powerful Homemade Tea
If you have cold, try to make a homemade tea for colds from herbs and spice that I mentioned in the article. Boil a liter or two of water and put two slices of fresh ginger root in the water. Wait for 3 minutes and add elderflower, linden, rose hip or whatever herb is full with vitamin C and antioxidants.
For this mixture you can also use Echinacea, sage and chamomile. Before you use any of these herbs, please read more about possible side-effects they could have on your body. I think you should use elderflower, Echinacea and rose hip as basis for the homemade tea. Use chamomile, linden and sage in moderation.
For faster recuperation from cold you take care of warm clothes, healthy nutrition full of vitamins and minerals, a rest and short walks on the fresh air.