Herbal Teas for Winter Wellness

When the cold weather sets in, there’s nothing better than curling up with a comforting, hot cup of tea. Using the healing power of herbal teas, you can drink your way to good health all winter long. Not only does a cup of herbal tea provide comfort and warmth, it is also a cup of delicious food-as-medicine, and can help prevent head-colds, fevers, sinus congestion, and coughs through the winter months. Herbal teas are safe for children to drink as well, so can be a great preventative medicine for your whole family.

Herbal teas which promote winter wellness:

Yarrow – Yarrow works with your body to gently bring down a fever. It is also a herb with an affinity for your circulatory system and helps promote peripheral circulation in your cold little fingers and toes.

Elder Flowers – With amazing anti-viral and immune stimulation effects, elderflower tea is a great support for head cold symptoms, like sinus, ear & nasal congestion. It also helps ease hay fever symptoms.

Peppermint – With its fresh minty flavour, peppermint is great to clear the head with a stuffy head cold. It is also a great support for sinus headaches and tension headaches, which come with respiratory illnesses like colds & flu.

DID YOU KNOW – YEP tea (yarrow, elder & peppermint) is a traditional blend used in herbalism for immune support during winter.

Siberian Ginseng – Also known as Eleutherococcus, this particular species of ginseng has immune supporting properties and is used to perfect infection and illness, particularly in times of stress.

Thyme – An excellent herb for helping relieve coughs and sore throats, drinking thyme tea has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and throat. It also helps to bring up all that lovely mucous and congestion sitting on your chest. Better out than in!

Cinnamon – Cinnamon is a lovely circulatory stimulant, great to support blood movement during winter. With its comforting flavour, a cinnamon-based tea is a great winter warmer.

Eyebright – As its name suggests, eyebright is great at relieving eye irritation and congestion caused by hay fever or head colds. It’s also used to relieve congestion in the ears, nose and sinuses.

Ginger – A superb stimulating herb, that sharp bite of ginger encourages circulation during the cold months. It also helps boost the immune system, and relieve fever caused by colds, flu and infections.

Licorice Root – With its delicious natural sweetness, licorice root tea helps support your precious mucous membranes during a cold. It’s also soothing on sore throats and coughs, as well as being supportive in clearing a runny nose. Just don’t over-do it on the licorice tea if you suffer high blood pressure, as licorice root can potentially raise blood pressure.

Therapeutic grade honey – Add a teaspoon of propolis or manuka honey to your herbal tea, for its antibacterial and immune stimulating effects. Especially soothing on sore throats, quality therapeutic honey is a great medicinal sweetener for any herbal tea.

With so many options to help support your health, drinking a range of herbal teas during the cooler months is a terrific preventative medicine strategy, to keep those winter clicks away!

Author Hayley Hinton, Naturopath (Adv. Dip. Nat) & founder of Infuse Herbal Teas.