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It’s wonderful spending time with family and friends during the holidays… except when your three-year-old nephew gives you a giant hug and a sloppy kiss just before you realize he’s got a cold.
Yep, it’s the not-most wonderful time of the year: cold season. While our teas can’t magically ward off a cold, they can do a lot to make your misery less, umm, miserable. And who knows, with our teas chock full of all-natural ingredients containing properties that are good for what ails you, they might just have a little magic in them after all.
Here are some ingredients found in our teas that have proven cold-fighting and/or symptom-easing benefits.
Oranges (of course)
A superhero of cold season, oranges are well known for being packed full of vitamin C. Add our Blood Orange tea to your OJ regimen for a little extra dose of the good stuff.
Strawberries and Kiwi
While oranges may hog the vitamin C spotlight, over on the sidelines strawberries and kiwis are also jammed (so to speak) with this vitamin, and strawberries are also loaded with antioxidants. Fortunately for you, we’ve put them both in our eponymously named Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Tea and our Berry Young blend. You’re berry welcome!
Another vitamin C powerhouse, lemon balm’s scent is also refreshing -- like comfort food for your nose. Try our Lemon Herbal tea for a true lemony experience, or Lull Away with other beneficial ingredients designed to help you get a much-needed good night’s sleep.
Speaking of sleep-- resting when you have a cold is imperative to getting better, and there’s no better tea for sleeping than chamomile. Make a cup of our traditional Chamomile tea, try our Yellow & Blue with chamomile and lavender, or curl up with a cup of Mother’s Bouquet, because moms make things all better when you’re sick.
While rose hips sound like lyrics from a love song (“she had ruby red lips and beautiful rose hips”), they’re actually the fruit of the rose plant and have a high vitamin C content. We use rose hips in many of our teas; try Birthday Tea, Indigo Punch or Orange Passion Fruit for a flavorful and healthy sick-bed treat.
If you catch a cold, drink some catechins. Catechins are antioxidants found in green teas, and especially so in matcha. Catechins can help boost your immune system (so you don’t get a cold) or help reduce inflammation (if you have a cold). More widely used in Japan for its cold-fighting properties than here in the U.S., it is not uncommon for matcha tea to be used for gargling in Japan to combat a sore throat! Or you can just sip your Matcha Tea at a nice warm temperature.
The to-the-rescue remedy of upset tummies, ginger is also recommended for treating coughs and colds (you might say ginger gets to theroot of the problem!). We also like it because it tastes great. Go for a straightforward Ginger tea, or branch out with our Green Tea with Coconut, Ginger & Vanilla or Peaches & Ginger. For a one-two punch, enjoy our Ginger Liquorice tea (licorice root has a soothing effect on mucus membranes).
Another powerhouse in the battle against phlegm, peppermint is smooth and relaxing when life is scratchy and snotty. Three of our tea options include Peppermint Herbal, Chocolate Mint and Mint Verbena.
Got chills? Cinnamon is just the ticket to warm your body. It also helps clear congestion and is like an oasis of yum in a sea of yuck. You can’t go wrong with our bestselling Hot Cinnamon Spice, or go decaf with our herbal version.
Turn Your Tea into a Toddy
Take your cold remedy up a notch by adding whiskey, brandy or rum to a classic black tea like Earl Grey, along with some honey and lemon. Spice up your toddy with our Hot Apple Spice tea, Ginger’s Oolong or Hot Cinnamon Spice. Or, you can go the Un-Toddy route: delete the alcohol but amp up the flavor and soothe factor by keeping the honey and lemon, or add an orange slice, cinnamon sticks, apple juice or whatever sounds good. Remember to warm your teacup or mug before you make your Hot Tea Toddy for maximum wrap-your-hands-around-it comfort.
We know colds are (s)not fun… hopefully our teas can help bring relief. Let us know what your favorite tea remedy is in the comments below.
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