Health Tips: Tea

Teas—specifically the herbal variety—are packed with minerals, vitamins, and medicinal substances that work directly with your body to help get rid of nasty viruses. Here are just a few herbs to add to your tea that will send your cold/flu virus in the other direction:

Chamomile: anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic

Echinacea: antibiotic, works to prevent/lessen colds

Elderberry: antiviral, rids of viruses quickly

Eucalyptus: cools swollen tissues ginger: antiviral, reduces nausea and body aches

Licorice root: antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory

Lemon: boosts immunity

Marshmallow root: anti-inflammatory

Peppermint: eases stomach, rids body of toxins

Slippery elm: anti-allergy agent, antiseptic

Rose hips: boosts immunity

Rosemary: disease-fighting compounds

Thyme: heals infections

Green teas contain antioxidant properties that relieve the body of toxins. EGCG, an ingredient found in green tea, targets the cold virus and helps your body get better faster. Oolong is also great because it opens up the lungs by fighting against chest congestion and eliminating mucus.