Sometimes reaching for a hot cup of tea when you aren't feeling well is soothing. Not only is tea soothing, but a hot cup of tea will help warm you up when you have the chills and help keep you hydrated. Plus, herbal teas contain antioxidants, which help support the immune system and promote healing.
And here's our favorite part - teas are a fantastic vehicle for honey. And honey is:
- A healing powerhouse.
- A natural antibacterial agent.
- One of the ultimate sore throat soothers.
- And it tastes great.
We've chosen two new herbal blends to add to our collection: Our Sleepy Herbal Blend and our Cold and Cough Blend. Both these herbal teas are caffeine-free, so they won't keep you up at night even if you indulge in a cup near bedtime.
But for the uninitiated to herbal remedies, many of the ingredients in these teas may be unfamiliar. So we've prepared a glossary of the ingredients.
- Chamomile Flowers: Are daisy-like flowers from the family Asteraceae. Historically used as a traditional remedy, Chamomile tea is soothing for sore throats. Chamomile also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Lavender Flowers: Are a common herb used in cooking and herbal remedies for anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Lavender in teas can help relax muscles.
- Lemon Verbena is a woody shrub with lance-shaped, light green leaves. In addition to its strong lemon scent, lemon verbena is good for relaxing and reducing stress. Lemon verbena also has anti-spasmodic properties that can help promote digestion.
- Spearmint is a type of mint similar to peppermint. Often used to flavor toothpaste, Spearmint is also suitable for reducing digestive upsets, relieving stress and insomnia.
- Valerian Root is an herb native to Europe. Valerian root is a sedative that helps relieve insomnia and anxiety.
- Elder Flower is the flower from the Elder tree. It's commonly used for cold relief.
- Passion Flower is a climbing vine native to the southeastern US, Central, and South America. Passion Flower is calming and is used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
- Peppermint is a type of mint. Menthol, a chemical component of peppermint, is an effective decongestant and expectorant. It helps with coughs and can make it easier to breathe when nasal membranes are swollen.
- Coriander seeds are the seeds from the herb of the same name. Coriander offers several antioxidants, which help boost the immune system.
- Licorice Root is an ancient remedy dating back to ancient Egypt. Today, many people use licorice root to treat heartburn, coughs, and bacterial and viral infections.
- Marshmallow Root looks like a brown fibrous husk and contains mucilage, which is a sap-like substance that the plant produces. This substance contains antioxidants, and it can form a coating over sore throats.
- Slippery Elm Bark comes from the bark of the Slippery Elm tree. Slippery Elm Bark contains mucilage, which turns into a gel in water that coats and soothes sore throats.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Do not use during pregnancy or lactation without the advice of a healthcare practitioner.