Disclaimer: The author of this article is not a doctor and this article does not replace professional medical advice. Please see your doctor if you are experiencing the symptoms of a cold, flu, or sore throat, and especially if the conditions are worsening or last over a week. Consult your doctor before beginning any health regimen.
Self-care can be a challenge when you are suffering from a cold, flu, or sore throat. While drinking tea does not confer any formal curative benefits recognized by the Food and Drug Administration, a cup of tea during a cold can boost your immunity and provide a feel-good boost. Also, because it is important to stay hydrated when fighting a cold or flu, drinking caffeine-free teas can add an additional advantage to kick that cold to the curb. There are a number of cold-busting homemade tea recipes available online made with a variety of ingredients, but who has the energy for cooking complicated recipes when they are feeling under the weather? (Of course, you should seek professional medical attention if you have symptoms that last more than one week or are getting worse.) Here are the best types of tea to drink as a natural cold, flu, or sore throat remedy. You can find these teas online or look for them at your grocery store to keep on hand for the next time you feel a cold coming on. Most healthy people can drink several cups of tea a day with no adverse effects; however, if you have existing health problems or are taking certain medications, the compounds in various teas can affect your condition. Therefore, ask a doctor before picking up a cup of tea.