Tea is the quintessential natural remedy for all things cold, cough or flu, and for good reason too. It’s highly effective, simple to make, easy on the taste buds, and let’s not forget the best bang for your buck. With flu season beginning in October and lasting through May, here are four teas that will give your immune system a fighting chance.

BERRY

Not just any berry tea will do. You want one like the Millennial as it’s comprised of blueberry, elderberry, hibiscus, and dried currant pieces among other nutrient-rich fruits and botanicals. Hibiscus helps to soothe a sore throat, dried currants and blueberries are high in Vitamin C which helps to fight off infections, but the biggest draw perhaps, is elderberry. In 1995, elderberry was used to help stop the flu epidemic in Panama. It’s also regarded as one of the top antiviral berries on the planet, so it should come as no surprise that research has shown that elderberries help to reduce the duration of cold or flu symptoms by up to two days. This immune boosting, herbaceous infused tea is definitely one you should add to your wellness collection.

Candid Tip: Makes for a really good iced tea, and a great option for children.

PEPPERMINT

Known for its refreshingly cool taste, peppermint tea has antibacterial properties that help prevent the body from getting sick by staving off common symptoms that come from bacteria borne illnesses such as cough and fever. Additionally, Peppermint tea leaves have trace elements of vitamin B, potassium, antioxidants, and calcium, which help the body absorb nutrients to combat sickness.

Candid Tip: Great for women that are expecting, helps with nausea, and aids in digestion.

AYURVEDIC MEDLEY

Developed in India thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is a holistic health and wellness practice that helps to balance the mind, body, and spirit, thus promoting good health. Ayurvedic teas like the Role Model are created with a mixture of medicinal herbs to help keep the body at optimal health. Some of the antiviral and antibacterial ingredients included are peppermint, spearmint, hibiscus, ginger, and rose hips, which contain high amounts of Vitamin C.

Candid Tip: Wonderful option for expectant moms, helps with nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach.

GREEN

Known for its long list of health benefits, strengthening the immune system is one of many. Green tea like the Game Changer, is high in antioxidants which protects the body from damage caused by compounds known as free radicals. Green tea helps the immune system run normally, equipping the body to better handle infections from viruses, parasites, and bacteria.

What are some of your favorite teas to drink as a preventive or curative treatment for cold or flu? Leave your comment below.

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