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6 teas for when you're feeling under the weather

Posted by Sam on 16th November 2017

6 teas for when you're feeling under the weather

With the colder weather setting in, and the entire office seemingly taking it in turns to be struck down by the winter lurgie, now is definitely the time to stock your kitchen cupboards with an arsenal of immune-boosting teas. We’ve hand-selected our top 6 teas to ward off illness in the dark months ahead.

Lemon and ginger

As a citrus fruit, lemon contains high levels of vitamin C, which plays a crucial role in keeping the immune system up and running. It’s also antibacterial and is perfect for anyone suffering from a cold.

Ginger has been used to combat colds and treat nausea for hundreds of years. It is believed that ginger helps to cleanse the lymphatic system, which helps to prevent harmful toxins from accumulating in the body.

Add to this the fact that lemon and ginger are both naturally warming and taste amazing together, and you’ve got the perfect brew to help you ward off the cold in the long winter months.

Top tip: if you’ve got a sore throat, try our lemon and ginger tea with a squeeze of honey!

Peppermint

Peppermint is a magical little herb. As well as tasting delicious, it is naturally antibacterial and antiviral. If you’re under the weather, peppermint can work wonders. Stuffy nose? It’s a natural decongestant. Sore throat? It has a soothing, cooling flavour. Upset stomach? It’s been used for generations to treat nausea and indigestion. Whatever the problem, peppermint has you covered!

Top tip: if you’ve got a blocked nose, try adding a couple of our peppermint temples to a bowl of hot water and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Breathing in the steam can help clear the nasal passages.

Clean n green

Our clean n green tea is a combination of green tea, lemongrass, ginger, coconut and dandelion leaves. While green tea is most commonly touted for its slimming qualities, it’s high in antioxidants which can act as antiviral agents, slowing down the rate of infection and alleviating cold and flu symptoms.

Coconut is antiviral and antibacterial, as well as containing high levels of vitamin C. Although dandelions may sound like an odd addition, did you know they are high in antioxidants and are an excellent sources of vitamins A and C? Not bad for those little plants that blow away in the wind!

Top tip: try clean n green first thing in the morning to cleanse the body before the day ahead.

Up Beet

Our up beet tea is a punchy blend of green tea, ginger, carrot, beetroot and hibiscus. Although some might turn their nose up at beetroot (not us - we bloomin' love it!) it has been shown to increase white blood cell levels in the body, which form our first line of defence against infection. It’s also high in vitamin C and supports our body’s natural detoxification process.

Carrots don’t just help you see in the dark - they contain carotenoids, potent antioxidants that can support immune function. Finally, hibiscus has long been used to treat colds and coughs, plus it tastes amazing. 

Top tip: studies have shown that beetroot is an effective source of energy during exercise, so if you’re struggling to make it through the day in the office, try a cup of up beet.

Snooze

Our snooze tea is a blend of apple, chamomile and lavender that has been specially developed to help you nod off with ease, so if you’re feeling poorly and struggling to sleep, try a cup half an hour before bed.

The old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ has more than an ounce of truth to it. Apple cider vinegar has been used to ward off colds for generations.

Chamomile and lavender both have soothing properties. Lavender oil is sold as a spray for your pillow to help you sleep, while chamomile tea has long been used to relieve insomnia and help promote a healthy sleep cycle. With these three powerhouses together in a mug, you’ll be drifting off in no time.

Top tip: have a cup of snooze half an hour before bed and check out our top tips for getting a better night's sleep. 

Yerba mate

Never heard of it? We don’t blame you. Yerba mate is a plant cultivated in South America. In the UK, it is mostly commonly used in energy drinks, but in countries like Argentina and Paraguay, it is a traditional infusion that is drunk in groups and symbolises hospitality and friendship

Yerba is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals, and exhibits more antioxidant power than any other tea in the world.  As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also high in saponins, anti-inflammatory compounds that boost the immune system. It’s no wonder that it’s hailed as a superfood and has been used in alternative and traditional medicine for thousands of years.

Top tip: many South Americans start their day with yerba mate instead of coffee. While coffee gives you an energy spike, yerba is said to provide a gentle, calm boost. Try it in the morning, or as a pick-me-up in the afternoon. 

Do you have any go-to remedies when it comes to warding off winter bugs? Let us know in the comments!