Sometimes, the cold bug get us. That’s when I get to making the best tea for a sore throat, which also manages to keeps a the cold at bay and symptoms from worsening. The best tea for a cold is this blend of loose leaf teas including red bush tea, marshmallow root and liquorice root. Splash the tea mix with heaps of ginger and lemons, and sweeten with honey. Steep everything together for a few minutes, then consume lot of it (hot or cold).
The Best Tea You Can Make to Heal a Cold
The ingredients in this tea is specifically targeted to nourishing the respiratory tract and fighting infection. However, you don’t need all of them to make a good tea. In an emergency, use whichever of these you have in your cupboard.
Start by filing a large pot with water and bringing it to a boil on your stove top. I make a large pot of this tea (my pot is 4L/4 quarts). Trust me, once you feel the stuffy nose and itchy throat disappear in minutes, you’ll want to consume more of it.
Add the tea ingredients to a tea bag including the rooibos, liquorice, and marshmallow root. Remember, you can use whichever of these you have, even if you don’t have all of the ingredients listed here. However, each ingredient has its own benefits, so it would be worthwhile getting your hands on it if you can.
Steep the tea in lightly boiling water, then add the honey and stir it in.
Slice lemons and ginger and add them to your jar.
Pour 1/3 of the tea mix into the jar to acclimatize the jar.
After a minute or so, add the rest of the tea. Stir the entire mix and seal the jar. Store the jar in the fridge or consume in a few days.
Look how good that tea looks next to all that bone broth. Of course, we are fighting this cold with some tasty soups as well. Watch our hearty bacon potato bone broth soup and turkey leftovers soup blog and recipe here.
Rooibos Tea Benefits
Rooibos tea is a special kind of tea. It can be used as you would black teas, however it is packed with nutrients and tastes very good.
The rooibos plant is boasted to contain many antioxidants that fight free radicals in your body. The plant also also has anti-inflammatory properties, which would specifically benefit your body if its fighting an infection.
If you are interested in more rooibos tea benefits, refer to this blog post where I wrote about the history and benefits in full.
Marshmallow for Coughs
The marshmallow root is especially good at soothing your respiratory track. Thereby, it is perfect for stilling a cough and stopping sore throats.
The roots of the Marshmallow plant is harvested, dried and used as a herb in teas to aid to many health ailments. It boasts about being gut healing, aiding indigestion, and being a pain reliever.
Liquorice Root Soothes Sore Throat
The liquorice root soothes your sore throat. Studies confirm it was used in Ancient Egypt as a liquorice drink for sore throats. The compounds found in liquorice root is best for fighting infections.
Lemon to Fight the Virus
Lemons have long been understood as a rich supplement to one’s health. Filled with vitamin C, this fruit battles infections and heals like none other.
Ginger to Reduce Inflammation
Ginger is another alternative herb that has been used to treat colds and other health ailments. It’s beneficial for treating cold symptoms in that it reduces the inflammation alongside the rooibos tea.
Ginger is also used as a way to aid indigestion by helping the body to get rid of waste. For colds, ginger is superb to rid the body of the toxins and remove the infection. Load it up in this tea!
Tools you May Need
Jar (we use old pickle jars from a bakery)
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The Best Tea for Colds and Sore Throats
- Large pot
- Tea bag
- 4 L Water
- 4 tsp Rooibos tea
- 2 tsp Liquorice root
- 2 tsp Marshmallow root
- 2 Lemons
- 200 g Ginger
- 4 tbsp Honey
- Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil on your stove
- Add tea ingredients to a tea bag including rooibos liquorice and marshmallow root
- Steep tea in the water lightly boiling
- Add honey and stir into tea
- Slice lemons and ginger, then add them into your jar
- Pour 1/3 of the tea mix into the jar to acclimatize the jar
- After a minute or so, add the rest of the tea
- Stir the mix and seal the jar
- Store in the fridge or consume in a few days