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Apr 23, 2009, 5:43pm Top

I am currently suffering from a cold or a sinus infection. I normally just drink tea with honey and lemon during this, but what do you use?

Apr 23, 2009, 6:13pm Top

I like Gypsy Cold Tea by Traditional Medicinals. I also keep Yogi Tea's Cold Season Sampler on hand.
It has Breath Deep, Cold Season, Immune Support, and Throat Comfort. I order them from tealand.com

Edited: Apr 23, 2009, 6:27pm Top

I like peppermint with honey. I also make my own ginger tea (with honey and lemon). Recipe here (it basically just involves boiling ginger root pieces):

Btw, hope you're feeling better soon. :)

Apr 23, 2009, 7:02pm Top

#3 aw thanks!

Apr 23, 2009, 7:34pm Top

There are some Echinacea teas on the market that help, too - Yogi Tea has one, Celestial Seasonings does too.



Apr 24, 2009, 10:47pm Top

It sounds like most of the drinks proposed up to this point in the thread are not actually tea, but are tisanes (otherwise known as 'herbal infusions'). That is, I don't think they contain any tea at all.

That being said, I find 'Traditional Medicinals' has one tisane called "Throat Coat" which is very good for short-term relief of a sore throat, and "Breath Easy" which helps with congestion.

None will fight an infection, but many will help reduce the symptoms. I find that almost any warmhot, non-dairy drink will help with a sore throat and generally improve my mood when I'm under the weather.


Apr 25, 2009, 8:00am Top

Don't forget damp teabags (I use plain cheap grocery store brands for this purpose) on the eyelids for headache and itchy eyes. Works wonders!

Apr 25, 2009, 4:52pm Top

I personally like a piping hot cup of black tea when I don't feel well. Anything will do, as generally my sense to taste is shot.

Apr 25, 2009, 5:54pm Top

I don't have a suggestion for colds, but when I have tummy cramps I'm a big fan of Honey Vanilla Chamomile (by Celestial Seasonings). Just the smell alone is very comforting!

Apr 26, 2009, 12:07pm Top

Have any of the tea-drinkers here represented ever tried hot water as an alternative?

You do have to boil it properly, as for the traditional way of drinking tea. And surprisingly many people get that part so wrong!

But, you're saying, hot water isn't tea! Well, if you wave a tea bag over the teapot you could always call it 'homeopathic tea'!

Seriously, freshly boiled water can have many of the beneficial effects of tea, and doing it occasionally can actually reassure you that the water you're using for tea doesn't have any nasties in it.

Water is seriously underrated, and developing a taste for it helps the appreciation of the most subtle teas.

Me? I'm a recovered caffeine addict who got seriously addicted during my postgrad years and suffered years of withdrawal headaches. Transition via progressively weaker tea, and no coffee at all, got me clean quite quickly. Now, a single espresso every month or so sends me into low-earth orbit, and is wonderful. But there are so many and varied wonderful teas, from the smoky lapsang souchongs through the delicate greens, that coffee can be left to the junkies!


Apr 26, 2009, 12:19pm Top

Would you ever add sugar or salt to the hot water? My great aunt used to give me hot water with just a few drops of honey, a receipe that is supposed to work for a mild cold, and a sore throat. It helped me. I don't know if it was placebo though.

Apr 26, 2009, 2:15pm Top

>10 CliffordDorset:
Well, if you wave a tea bag over the teapot you could always call it 'homeopathic tea'!


Actually, one of the reasons that both hot tea and chicken soup make you feel better is the steam - it helps open up the nasal passages. So hot water would do the same thing - though it's nicer with tea in it! :-)

Having a hot shower also leverages the steam effect - really helps a lot when you fill the bathroom up with steam.

Hope you're feeling better by now, pollysmith!

Apr 26, 2009, 6:20pm Top

>12 staffordcastle:

{... Having a hot shower also leverages the steam effect - really helps a lot when you fill the bathroom up with steam ...}

I hadn't thought of that! And then, of course, there's reading steamy books !

Apr 26, 2009, 6:58pm Top

Well, that might work by a different mechanism - distraction!

Apr 27, 2009, 12:35pm Top

Well, I hate to ruin the tone of this thread, but when I have a cold I swear by whisky, hot water, honey and a slice of lemon - the hot steam does its trick, the honey soothes your throat, the lemon gives you Vit C and the whisky takes the pain away ... But I now have a new idea - ginger tea (as mentioned above) with whisky, honey and lemon would REALLY do the trick ;-)

Apr 28, 2009, 8:58am Top

Heading further & further off topic here, but a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil on a washcloth tossed in the bottom of your shower makes for some wonderfully therapeutic steam.

Edited: Apr 28, 2009, 1:20pm Top

I'll second Yogi Tea - Breath Deep

The herbs on there are a high quality blend that help open up. And it tastes great!

Apr 30, 2009, 5:53pm Top

Agreed that a lot of the benefit from tea while sick comes from the steam of the hot water. But I find the menthol from a mint tisane to be helpful for opening up nasal passages, and mint is also supposed to be good for stomach upset. I've also enjoyed Gypsy Cold Care by Traditional Medicinals while sick, but dislike it when well. It may just be I can't taste it as much because of the congestion!

Honey does have a soothing affect on the throat - a lot of singers and actors use it to get through performances with raspy voices! On the opposite end of the spectrum, the acid in lemon can help cut through phlegm. Putting honey and lemon together is common, but to me it's always seemed counter intuitive.

Apr 30, 2009, 7:36pm Top

Hi there hope you feel better,
I'll second post's # 3 and # 10,
I like gypsy cold care byt TM , anything with echinacea+ menthol in it and the yogi tea brand ones are great and strong, just add a little honey and/or lemon.
hot water will cut through phlegm and make you clean out and even for a tea/coffee junkie like me it tastes good plain when sick, honey lemon hot water is good as well, Fresh ginger is an excellent idea as well if it's flu, also off topic but a powdered ginger bath(start w/2 tblspoons, and drink lots of water) will help you sweat whatever it is out of you (don't do it if you have HighBP or prone to dizziness)I have done all of the above to push out a flu usually best when you get the first sore throat.

Sometimes I'm lazy too and will just throw a ricola or menthol cough drop in my tea...;0)

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