7 Teas to Keep You Feeling good This Winter

Staying healthy in winter often seems impossible. And while a balanced, nutrient-rich diet and regular exercise will help provide a strong defense against colds, flus and sore throats, there’s actually an elixir that’ll also help you remain well and energised all winter long: tea.

Boasting a wide range of therapeutic benefits, sipping on a cup of freshly brewed tea when the mercury drops provides the body with the natural health boost it so desperately craves. 

Not sure what tea to brew for which ailment? Here are the top winter wellness teas for combatting common concerns during the cooler months.

#1. Drink licorice root tea to help soothe a tickly, sore throat
It’s practically impossible to avoid a sore throat in winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer in pain each time one strikes. As soon as you feel the onset of an irritated throat, sip on licorice root tea. It will help lessen the severity of throat soreness, and can even ease congestion and coughing, too.

#2. Drink peppermint tea when you’re feeling congested
Peppermint tea is adored for its ability to relieve nausea and upset stomachs, but did you know its benefits go beyond this? Peppermint tea can also help improve respiratory health in winter, and relieve nasal congestion. So, if your nose is starting to run or you feel clogged up and need to clear your airways, try reaching for a hot brew of peppermint tea.

#3. Drink milk thistle tea when you’ve overindulged on comfort food
Carb-heavy, indulgent food tastes even more delicious during the colder months, making it all too easy to overindulge on a regular basis. When your stomach can no longer handle your lavish eating habits, add milk thistle tea to your diet for at least a week. Doing so will help cleanse the body by boosting liver function and assisting the digestive process.

#4. Drink ginger root tea when you’re feeling sluggish
It’s easy to feel a little blah in winter. You’re often trapped inside more than you’d like, and there are germs lurking everywhere. Put an extra zing in your step with a glass of spicy ginger. Ginger tea can help boost immunity, stimulate circulation and speed up digestion, while also providing you with an instant pick-me-up. And if you’ve got a fever, it’ll even help flush it out.

#5. Drink rosehip tea when you need an immunity boost
Looking for an alternative to vitamin C tablets this winter? Opt for rosehip tea. Its fruit offers one of the best plant sources of vitamin C, allowing it to help boost your immune system during the cooler months. When drunk regularly, it can even help reduce the severity and frequency of colds. Added bonus: it also contains vitamin A, which will help protect against bacterial and viral infections.

#6. Drink chamomile tea to truly relax
People often tend to feel a little down and stressed around this time of year because of the lack of sunlight. Chamomile tea works to ease anxiety and relax the mind, making it the perfect calming cup of tea. If your throat is feeling a little ticklish, add some honey to gain even more medicinal benefits.

#7. Drink Echinacea tea to ward off infections
Echinacea is a popular plant in winter, and rightly so. It’s famous for preventing infections, and helping to protect the body against bacteria, viruses and fungi. And thanks to its anti-inflammatory abilities, it can also help relieve bothersome winter arthritis. Drink a cup a day to benefit from its cold and flu-fighting abilities.

 

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