I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling under the weather, a cup of coffee is the last thing I want to drink. Somehow tea just seems so much more comforting when you’re feeling sick. If you’re not feeling your best, read on for some easy tea recipes for colds, coughs, and flu.
Tea is the perfect start to a great soothing beverage. From traditional teas with honey and lemon, to herbal blends spiced up with cinnamon, you’re bound to find just the thing to help you feel better.
5 Spice Ginger Tea
With grated ginger and a whole bunch of warming spices, Veena Azmanov has created a drink that you’ll want to whip up by the batch, especially if your whole family is sick.
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
There are so many hot tea recipes for colds and coughs that combine honey and lemon. And it’s no wonder since honey has been shown to be an effective cough medicine.
Cari at Koti Beth Designs shared her recipe that contains honey, lemon, and ginger. This soothing combo helps relieve your symptoms and gives you the strength to power through your next cold.
Cinnamon Ginger Turmeric Tea
This recipe from The Vegan Minimalist contains turmeric which helps boost your immune system when you’re not feeling your best.
It’s quick to make and so much cheaper than store bought cold remedies.
Immune Boosting Tea
This cold-busting tea is a potent mix of all kinds of immunity-boosting foods:
- Green Tea
Medicine Ball Copycat Tea
Did you know that Starbucks actually sells a couple of cold and flu fighting tea drinks? And the good news is that you can make them at home just as easily.
I created this copycat recipe so I don’t have to head to Starbucks when I start feeling under the weather. It’s made with lemonade, honey, and two types of tea. Pop over and take a look at this Medicine Ball Tea copycat recipe.
Immunity Booster Tea
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is all the rage in the health world because it’s been proven to kill bacteria and help your body fight off infections. Sounds like a weird thing to add to a tea, but it works.
Joy Food Sunshine created this easy to whip up recipe to try the next time you feel a cold coming on.
Cinnamon Sore Throat Tea
Debi from Life Currents created this soothing sore throat tea using cinnamon, honey, and ginger.
It does contain milk, and if you’re fighting phlegm, I’d recommend using a non-dairy milk for this one.
Lemon Ginger Echinacea Tea
Alyssa at Simply Quinoa came up with this soothing home remedy by mixing lemon, ginger, honey, and echinacea.
She also has lots more immune-boosting recipes to check out.
Tea Hot Toddy
It looks like Grandma was on to something when she prescribed a hot toddy for a bad cold. It turns out that whisky dilates the blood vessels in your nose which help with congestion. Who knew?
Just don’t add too much whisky because alcohol is also a diuretic that can thicken up your mucus, which is the opposite of what you want to do when you have a cold!
This hot toddy recipe was created by The Schmidty Wife and calls for either bourbon or whisky.
Honey Cinnamon Star Anise Tea
This recipe has the usual honey and lemon but adds star anise to the mix for a slightly different taste. If you’re craving the flavor of star anise, this recipe from Much Butter may be just the ticket for your next cold.
Wrapup: There’s a Tea Drink To Make you Feel Better
You probably already knew just how comforting a cup of hot tea is when you’re feeling sick. There are so many tea recipes for colds and coughs that you can easily whip up using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Keeping a supply of lemon and honey in your kitchen is a great idea during cold and flu season. That way, you’re only a few minutes from a warming, soothing cup of tea when you’re sick.
If you love tea as much as I do, pin this to your favorite tea-loving Pinterest board and pass it on for others to enjoy! Pinkies up!