As the winter settles in and the flu season kicks into high gear, it's essential to arm ourselves with the right tools to keep our immune system strong and resilient. While there are various remedies and preventative measures available, one powerful ally stands out in the fight against the flu: tea.
Whether it's an invigorating elixir to jumpstart your morning, a rejuvenating potion for that afternoon slump, or a comforting embrace of flavours to wind down in the evening and settle at night, tea has the power to infuse magic into every moment.
Steeped in centuries of tradition and renowned for its health benefits, tea has become a comforting elixir for both body and soul. In this blog, we'll explore the remarkable world of immune-boosting teas and how they can bolster your defences during the cold season. From the best winter teas to specific blends tailored for fighting off the flu, we'll delve into the magical properties of these aromatic infusions and uncover the secrets to staying healthy and vibrant.
Tavalon Tea Sommelier’s Take on the Power of Tea in Fighting the Cold
But before we get into the teas for the cold flu season, let’s read a friendly excerpt from Tavalon’s Tea Sommelier:
When there's flu season, sometimes it can be bad.
In fact, even your friendly neighbourhood Tea Sommelier, whose healthy, antioxidant-rich immune system is usually running strong and on all power, also caught the bug!
But now as a survivor, I have a few tea tips to help those who still have the flu bug:
Any Jewish or Asian mother will tell you that chicken soup is a practical cure for colds and flu, but studies have found that there is more to the story. Hot chicken soup can improve the ability of cilia, the tiny hair-like parts of the nasal passages, to protect the body from bacteria and viruses.
And what, you may ask, to drink with your soup?
Of course, tea! It is not only chock-full of antioxidants but breathing in the steam can help relieve congestion (not to mention the fact that you need to keep hydrated in general).
It is best to combine tea with water because it contains the aforementioned health benefits AND also because it is hot, which helps loosen secretions in the chest and sinuses, making them easier to expel and ultimately clearing up congestion.
If you want a little extra relief, you can add a spoonful of honey to your tea to help soothe a sore throat. A squeeze of lemon to your tea can add an extra boost of vitamin C. Or you can try peeling a piece of ginger root and adding to your favourite tea to help relieve stomach ache or nausea.
After your meal and drink, it is important to rest and let your body heal… please stay home, relax.
Understanding the Immune System
Before delving into the incredible benefits of immune-boosting teas, let's first understand the immune system and its vital role in safeguarding our health. Our immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that work in harmony to defend our bodies against harmful invaders. By enhancing our immune response, we can ward off illnesses and maintain overall well-being. And for us tea lovers, tea takes centre stage as it's affordable, healthy, and delicious!
Best Teas for Winter to Fight Against Flu
Discover a range of teas that can help you stay healthy and cosy during the colder months. Let's explore the best teas to fight against flu and embrace the warmth and wellness they bring.
Harness the immune-boosting potential of green tea in your battle against the flu. Tavalon's green teas offer a range of revitalising and soothing options – packed with antioxidants – to support your well-being during the winter months.
Genmaicha: A delightful blend of Japanese green tea leaves and roasted brown rice, Genmaicha offers a nutty and savoury flavour profile. Brimming with antioxidants, it helps to strengthen the immune system and provides a soothing warmth during colder days.
Yuzu Green: Infused with the refreshing essence of Yuzu citrus, this green tea variety combines the invigorating qualities of green tea with the bright, zesty notes of the Yuzu. It is known for its uplifting properties and can help to ward off winter blues while boosting your body's natural defences.
Premium Matcha: Renowned for its vibrant green colour and earthy flavour, matcha is full of antioxidants and nutrients. Its immune-boosting properties help to protect against flu and colds during the winter season. With its rich and smooth texture, matcha provides a comforting and energising experience.
Harnessing the power of turmeric, this aromatic blend creates a golden elixir that not only warms your soul but also provides numerous health benefits. Turmeric is hailed for its anti-inflammatory properties and can support a healthy immune system, making it an ideal choice to combat flu symptoms.
Try our delicious, fully organic Turmeric Latte Mix!
The invigorating combination of lemongrass and ginger creates a soothing and comforting brew. Both ingredients have immune-boosting properties and can help to relieve congestion. This herbal tea blend is an excellent choice for combating cold and flu symptoms.
Try our healing, energising blend of Lemongrass Ginger!
Crafted with a blend of herbs, Tavalon's Immunity tea is specifically formulated to support and strengthen the immune system. Packed with antioxidants and natural immune-boosting ingredients, this tea is a potent ally in the fight against flu during the winter season.
Try our expertly-curated Immunity blend, a perfect mix of hibiscus, cinnamon, ginger root, and rose petals!
Very refreshing and soothing, peppermint tea is a popular choice for winter ailments. It can help to relieve congestion, ease digestive discomfort, and provide a comforting sensation to help you unwind during the colder months.
Try our Peppermint Pyramid Teabag and feel stronger!
The gentle and calming nature of chamomile makes it an excellent choice for relaxation and promoting restful sleep. During the flu season, a good night's sleep is essential for maintaining a strong immune system, making chamomile a valuable addition to your winter tea collection.
Try our Royal Chamomile herbal tea and get some well-deserved shut-eye!
With these exceptional teas added into your daily routine, you can arm yourself with natural defences and embrace the winter season with a fortified immune system. Stay warm and healthy, and savour the exquisite flavours of Tavalon's teas as you conquer the flu season with confidence!
Incorporating Immune-Boosting Teas into Your Daily Routine
To reap the full rewards of immune-boosting teas during winter, it's essential to incorporate them into your daily routine. Here are some tips to make the most of these powerful infusions:
Morning Ritual: Start your day with a cup of our Immunity blend to kickstart your immune system and set a positive tone for the day ahead.
Afternoon Pick-Me-Up: Enjoy a comforting and revitalising cup of matcha, turmeric or genmaicha to maintain your energy levels and keep your immune system fortified throughout the day.
Evening Serenity: Wind down with a soothing Royal Chamomile Infusion, allowing its calming properties to support your immune health while you relax, rejuvenate, and get ready for a peaceful sleep.
Remember, your immune system is your shield – nurture it with the power of tea.