Last week, we started a list of the Best Teas for Colds. Since we’re still in the middle of cold and flu season, let’s complete the list! Here, we’ve got even more blends of herbs and tea for immune system boosts!
If you’re feeling under the weather, or if everyone around you is sniffly and sneezy, it’s a good idea to look for teas containing the ingredients on the list.
We’ll have everyone staying healthy or feeling better in no time!
Feeling a little under the weather? In the US, cold and flu season is generally during the fall and winter months, with a peak between December and March. That means we’re probably right in the middle of all the yuckiness. Womp womp. But worry not, tea lovers! Today we’re gonna tell you about the best teas for colds. Lots of tea blends and herbs can have immune-boosting properties!
We had quite a run on “Cold Combat” Thera-TeaTM recently, but fortunately, we’ve made more! Like “Cold Combat,” the best teas for colds have certain ingredients that can support your immune system.
Read on to find out what those are!
We’re wrapping up our research on the fantastic world of adaptogenic herbs. At first, I was quite skeptical. But now, after reading the research, I’m a believer–the benefits of adaptogens are awesome!
Adaptogen is a term from natural medicine. It refers to a powerful herb that helps the body recover and re-balance from stress. Overall, its effect is to help you adapt to stressful environmental factors and avoid damage from them.
The criteria to be considered an adaptogen is really strict. As a result, only a few herbs are on the list. But some of the ones that consistently make the cut are:
And now, we’d like to add ashwagandha and holy basil (or tulsi) to the list!
Schizandra tea is one of the most interesting adaptogens!
Since we’ve previously discussed how awesome adaptogens are, we’re not going to go into great detail. But if you’re new, you may not be familiar with this term.
By Satomi Abe (“abex”) (http://flickr.com/photos/abex/337818442/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The short version: adaptogens are herbs that reduce stress and re-balance the body. Earlier, we posted about Ginseng and Eleuthero (or Siberian Ginseng), which are two powerful adaptogenic herbs.
Now, we’re going to add a new herb to the list: Schizandra!
So do you want to know what schizandra tea can do? We’ve combed through the scientific studies so you don’t have to!
Here’s what we’ve discovered:
Today on the Tea Blog, we’re continuing our “Healing Herbs (& Spices!)” series with a spotlight on adaptogenic tea. Here, we investigate the science behind herbal “medicines.” Are the miraculous claims about adaptogens true? Let’s find out!
By definition, adaptogens reduce stress. They have a wide-ranging, re-balancing effect on the whole body. Technically, the criteria is very strict, so few herbs make the cut. (For more about adaptogenic tea, check out this page.)
Some of the herbs that consistently do make the list:
- Ginseng (“True” ginseng)
- Eleuthero root (Siberian ginseng)
- Schizandra (Schisandra)
- Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Time to get real.
I always try to look skeptically at the scientific evidence. So when I started researching, I was convinced that adaptogens were a fad. Sure, they’re good for you, but soon enough, people would find the next “amazing” thing.
(Like with kale. At one point, errrrybody was eating kale like there was no tomorrow. Currently, not so much.)
But now, I’ve seen the science! Now, I think adaptogens are truly impressive. Allow me to show you the evidence for adaptogenic tea. You be the judge…
It’s a lot. So for starters, we’ll focus on just two adaptogenic tea ingredients: ginseng and eleuthero.
This is the plant that licorice tea comes from! Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen (Public Domain).
At some point, you’ve probably tasted licorice-flavored candy. Or perhaps you’ve even had the pleasure of enjoying licorice tea. But have you ever stopped to wonder where it came from?
It’s actually a shrubby plant with feathery green leaves and light purple flowers, called Glycyrrhiza glabra in Latin. Specifically, we dig up the root and use it to flavor food, candy, medicine, and tobacco. The intense sweetness in the root is because of a component called glycyrrhizic acid, a molecule with a lot of surprising health effects.
Some of the reported benefits of licorice tea include:
- soothing gastrointestinal issues, like indigestion or ulcers
- easing respiratory issues, like allergies, asthma, sore throat, or congestion
- balancing adrenals depleted from chronic stress
Is it true? Let’s take a closer look!