Cold and flu season is upon us again. Accuweather reports that the deadly flu outbreak that has reached all 50 states may be linked to this the recent cold, dry air that has infiltrated much of the United States. If you’d prefer to naturally fight cold and flu season, you should add teas and herbal tisanes to your everyday routine.
As many of us know, over-the-counter remedies only suppress symptoms; they don’t cure the illness or make you better more quickly. In fact, suppressing symptoms can impair your body’s natural ability to fend off disease. Additionally, the common cold and influenza cannot be treated with antibiotics. Herbal treatments can help your body heal itself naturally and boost immunity.
At A New Leaf, we believe that the Ben Franklin adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” couldn’t be more appropriate. Herbal tisanes, as well as black, green, and white teas can help protect and heal you this cold and flu season.
Herbal Tisanes and Wellness Blends
Balance Herbal Tisane: This herbal tisane is packed with a powerhouse of ingredients to not only settle the body but can help bring you back to optimal health. Anise can help heal any bronchial ailments. Nettle: stimulates lymph system, and is useful in treating cough and cold by breaking up mucus and respiratory congestion. Licorice: soothes a cough. Clove: anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities which can help dispel a cold or flu more quickly and efficiently.
Detox-Rejuvenation Herbal Tisane: Fennel is natural expectorant and can clear chest congestion and a persistent cough. Linden flower: relieves a stuffy nose, clears nasal passages, and breaks up mucus. Orange peel is quite high in Vitamin C, as well as Vitamins A and B-complex as well as minerals such as calcium, selenium, manganese, zinc. Licorice soothes a cough. Neem, cinnamon, and elderberry are also herbal stars that are part of the cold-fighting ingredients in this blend.
Everyday Elixir Herbal Tisane: One of our most popular cold-fighting blends. This herbal tea contains ginger, a powerful herb that alleviates gastrointestinal distress and can also promote sweating: helpful to dispel toxins from the body. Orange peel is high in Vitamin C, which boosts immunity. Peppermint kills bacteria and viruses; dulls aches and pains the pain of an aching body; provides relief from coughs and congestion. Final, the powerful eucalyptus clears airways, breaks up phlegm, and soothes a sore throat.
Lemon Ginger Herbal Tisane: Lemon and ginger have long been known to help fight colds. This organic blend contains lemongrass, which provides pain relief, soothes laryngitis, sore throats, and can reduce high fevers. Lemon verbena is a natural expectorant and fever reducer. Ginger: alleviates gastrointestinal distress and can also promote sweating: helpful to dispel toxins from the body.
Peppermint Herbal Tisane: Mmmmmm, this intoxicating herb helps kills bacteria and viruses; dulls aches and pains of an ill body in distress; provides relief from coughs and congestion. Feeling stuffed from a meal? Try some peppermint. This caffeine-free herb can help get rid of that bloated feeling while freshening your breath!
Serenity Herbal Tisane: Camomile is an herb that people have used for centuries. Typically, this flower soothes stomach ache and acts as an antibacterial agent. Camomile can help prevent and treat colds and promotes restful sleep. Lemon balm eases insomnia, along with linden flower, oat straw, hops and passion flower. Lemon verbena acts as an expectorant and reduces fever. Anise fights many bronchial ailments, breaks up mucus and assists with respiratory congestion.
A variety of studies indicate that theanine, an ingredient found in black tea, supports the immune system. One cup contains an average of 20-25 mg of theanine. Black represents probably one of the biggest sources of flavonoids, a natural class of antioxidants that are found in many natural plant-derived foods.
The same antioxidant polyphenols that boost your immune system are also potent antiviral agents. The theaflavins in black tea inhibit virus reproduction by preventing the attachment of the virus to your cells. Your chance to develop the nasty cold or flu is dramatically lowered.
Cochin Masala Chai and Vanilla Chai Black Teas: Coriander contains essential oils in which help aid in digestion, while also helping to reduce diarrhea. Clove provides anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities that may help dispel a cold or flu more quickly and efficiently. Black pepper helps loosen phlegm and congestion.
When researchers added green tea to lab samples of the adenovirus (one of the bugs responsible for colds), they found that it stopped the virus from replicating. All the credit goes to EGCG, a chemical compound found in certain kinds of tea, but in the highest concentrations in green tea. Start pumping green tea into your bloodstream at the first sign of a cold and you should be able to stop the advance of the adenovirus.
Results of a study showed that drinking one to five cups of green tea per day can help reduce the risk of being infected by the influenza virus. The study was published in The Journal of Nutrition (8/10/11).
White tea is packed with antioxidants, which protect our bodies from damage by free radicals. Antioxidants are so abundant in white tea it is considered a natural killer of bacteria and viruses providing our immune system with protection against many invaders and ranges of diseases not to mention guarding against the common cold and flu.
Know someone suffering this cold and flu season? Why not send them some tea? Shop online at ANewLeafTeaCo.com.
Kimberly Orlic, co-founder and chief operating officer of A New Leaf, LLC is a new entrepreneur, with over 25 years’ experience in the workforce. The mother of three daughters, she is an avid tea lover and developed the idea for A New Leaf along with her husband over 15 years ago while obtaining her master of business administration degree. She holds bachelor of arts and master of business administration degrees from Hofstra University.