Herbal teas have myriad health benefits. From lowering high blood pressure to relieving symptoms of a common cold, herbal teas are a great help when you need it most.
Herbal teas are simple a combination of herbs steeped in hot water to make a mild tasting drink with some medicinal properties. The type of herbs you use determines the benefits you’ll receive. Herbal teas may or may not contain actual tea.
Fighting a common cold is no fun. Sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and itchy eyes can have you down for days at a time, sometimes weeks. The right blend of herbal tea can alleviate symptoms so you can get some rest.
An herbalist or naturopathic practitioner can make sure you get the proper blend of herbs to successfully address your specific symptoms. According to Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, herbal teas can have strong effects and should always be administered under the care of a trained professional.
The following herbs are most often used to combat symptoms of the common cold.
Studies by the University of Connecticut show echinacea is successful in treating common cold symptoms such as coughing, headaches, and stuffy nose. It reduces the chances of getting a cold as well as shortens the time it hangs around by at least 1.4 days.
Echinacea is a coneflower originating in North America. It not only helps with the common cold but also has antibiotic and wound healing properties.
Black Elder, the most common form of elderberry, is known to reduce the length of the flu and colds. An Australian study showed it to have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. It also shows promise in treating depression, and as an antioxidant.
Elderberries grow on the black elder tree. They are purplish-red in color and have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
Lemon is one of the most well-known herbal cold remedies. It is chock full of vitamin C, a proven cold fighter. Lemon also helps break up phlegm and congestion. Lemons also flush the kidneys and help prevent kidney stones.
Lemons are an antioxidant that boosts the immune system. They slightly alter the bodies pH levels by creating an alkaline-rich environment that alkalizes the blood and urine making them nature’s perfect immune system aid.
The main active ingredient in peppermint is menthol, a natural decongestant. It helps break up mucus and congestion in the lungs and throat. It is also a wonderful treatment for coughs. Menthol is antiviral and antibacterial, so it also helps fight off ever getting a cold.
An herbal tea to treat a cold could contain any or all of these herbs as well as others. A homeopathic or naturopathic professional can advise the best blend of medicinal herbs to treat the specific cold symptoms your experiencing.
As with any treatment for illness, consult a professional to avoid any harmful side effects or reactions.