Cold and Flu Tea-son: Teas for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

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Every year drastic temperature changes and drier air make our mucous
membranes more susceptible to airborne infections. While we can all agree that
“cold and flu” should not be a season this or any year, we all face a greater risk of
getting sick.

Scientists at the University of Arizona report that when someone is sick in an
office, it takes only four hours for coffeepots, copy-machines, door handles, and other surfaces to show traces of infectious virus. Yikes!

Fear not! There’s a tea for that! Here are 3 of our favorites for preventing,
treating, and recovering from the dreaded stuffy nose, achy body, fever, and chills
that can accompany wintertime colds and flus and leave you feeling blue.

Prevention:

Boosting immunity is the key to proper prevention. Polyphenols to the rescue.
Potent plant antioxidants, polyphenols, are believed to give tea its immune-
boosting effects, especially the catechins. The catechins in green tea (the most
powerful of which is epigallocatechin, or EGCG for short) was found in research
to be at least 25 times more potent than vitamins C and E.

Teatrition’s Green Tea Citrus Organic Tea Blend is both beautiful and powerful.
As a preventative measure, this blooming blend combines organic loose leaf green
tea and citrusy organic lemon peel to boost your immunity and your metabolism!
It’s perfect for those who prefer a slice of lemon in their water. Sip hot or iced!
Factuali-tea: The polyphenol antioxidants in tea are best absorbed when drinking it on an empty stomach.

Treatment:

Although no cures exist for the cold or flu, herbal teas may treat the symptoms
and provide relief. Peppermint and ginger are especially beneficial. Peppermint
contains menthol, which is found in many decongestants and cough remedies. It’s
oil boasts anti-viral properties that may prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses.
And ginger works wonders for nausea and vomiting. With both anti-inflammatory
and antimicrobial properties, ginger promotes circulation, raising metabolic rates,
which causes the removal of toxins via sweating.

With a minty-floral blend of beneficial herbs and flowers, our Sniffle Potion
Organic Herbal Tea is caffeine-free and oh so soothing, opening up the respiratory system to assist while you’re nursing a cold or want to ward off the
winter blues.

Factuali-tea: Herbal teas are not actually “tea.” They are often called “tisanes” and DO
NOT normally contain the Camillia Sinensis tea plant, which makes them caffeine-free, unless they are blended with a loose leaf tea, in which case there may be caffeine.

Recovery:

When the symptoms of cold or flu have subsided and you’re ready to declare a full
recovery, you’re going to want to reach for teas that uplift your mind and mood as
well as help maintain a steady intake of anti-virals and anti-bacterials to assist your
weakened immune system. After a few days in bed, you’ll surely be ready for some
normal meals and will benefit from digestive aids such as pu-erh tea. Pu-erh, one
of the five main types of teas, goes through its own natural fermentation process
before dried, which produces micro-organisms that increase healthy flora in the
gut, which may aid in digestion. Finally, you’re going to want a burst of natural
energy to make a strong comeback. Yerba mate is your go-to calm energy source.
Boom! You’re back!

If you’re ready for recovery, reach for Teatrition’s Wicked Winter Blend Organic
Tea. This robust and energetic blend is a noteworthy blend of natural energy,
positive karma, and mood lifting wellness. Reminiscent of Maine winters, it’s both
inspirational and motivational, consisting of organic white tea, pu-erh, yerba mate,
and black tea with cinnamon and clove.

Factuali-tea: In addition to most of the vitamins and minerals necessary to sustain life, yerba matè contains eleven polyphenols and has more anti-oxidant power than any other tea.

For more Tea-torials, join us at Teatrition Tea And Wellness via Teatrition.com, or on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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