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When cold and flu season starts, we hear this question all the time: what is the best tea to boost the immune system? If you’re the kind of person who likes to stick to the natural approach as often as possible, and you want to know: can herbal tea boost the immune system... the answer is yes! In this blog, we will explore the best teas for immune support, along with key foods and other natural products to help keep you healthy during cold and flu season.
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The Best Teas For The Immune System
Elderberry Tonic - The Best Herbal Tea For The Immune System
Say hello to Elderberry Tonic, our bestselling immune-boosting tea. This tea has a naturally yummy sweet flavor, so it goes down easy when you're feeling under the weather. The main herb in Elderberry Tonic is, you guessed it, elderberries! During clinical research, this powerhouse fruit was shown to protect the cells from the flu virus. The other botanicals in this tea support the lungs, warm the body, and can help ease the body aches and fever that can accompany a cold or flu.
Sweater Weather - Sweet, Tangy, And Spicy Immune Support
This delicious tart, sweet, and spicy tea warms your body up from the inside. Sweater Weather contains herbs like ginger, which eases nausea and soothes inflammation, hibiscus and vitamin C-rich berries, and a kick of cayenne pepper to boost your circulation and keep your immune system healthy. Sweater Weather tea is perfect to sip on a chilly fall evening, or as an energizing caffeine-free tea to enjoy on a brisk morning walk. (Note that this tea has a definite spicy kick!)
Chocomaya Chai - A Cozy Cool-Weather Fave
Chocomaya Chai is made with rich dark cacao, the original natural form of chocolate. Cacao is loaded with important antioxidants that help to protect your body from disease and premature aging. This rich and flavorful tea is blended with immune-boosting spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, along with a pinch of smoky chipotle pepper, to warm your body from the inside out. Enjoy Chocomaya Chai with a splash of your favorite milk.
Allergy Relief - The Best Herbal Tea For Allergies, Lungs, and Sinus
Although this tea is called Allergy Relief, it is the perfect choice whenever you're experiencing sniffles, cough, and sore throat. This tea contains herbs that relieve a cough, ease runny nose, and soothe an itchy, irritated throat. The flavor of Allergy Relief tea is minty, with fresh medicinal notes, and a hint of natural sweetness that comes from licorice root, an herb that has been used for generations to help people get through cold and flu season.
The Best Seasonal Foods To Support Your Immune System
Cranberries are a tart fruit that are in season in the fall months, and have been shown to support immune health with their high vitamin C content. Cranberries can be used in sauces, jams, or baked goods.
Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable that are in season in the fall months. High in fiber, sweet potatoes provide lots of support for gut health, which is directly linked to immune health. Sweet potatoes can be roasted, mashed, or used in stews and curries.
Brussels sprouts are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, as well as a special class of compounds called indole alkaloids which may protect the body from certain types of cancer.
Cabbage, like Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous veggies, contains those indole alkaloids that fight against cancer. Cabbage has been used in many folk recipes for healing and warding off illness. Definitely a cold weather staple food.
Fresh ginger root is a must-have for the fall kitchen. It helps your body adapt to the cooler temperatures, promotes circulation, and has numerous benefits for gut health and relieving inflammation.
Pomegranates are high in vitamin C and important antioxidants and bioflavonoids. Pomegranates also contain a special compound called ellagic acid, which is antibacterial, and has a beneficial effect on brain health.
Immune-Boosting Natural Household Products For A Healthy Home
- These pure essential oil candles will brighten your home and provide healing aromatherapy to kill airborne pathogens.
- Use this wellness set of natural aromatherapy oils for cleaning and disinfecting your home; simply add a few drops to the laundry or in the mop water. These essential oils can be used in an essential oil diffuser, or combined with a carrier oil to massage sore muscles
- A cool mist humidifier like this one can ease congestion, and soothe irritated eyes and nasal passages.
- A Hepa filter can be your secret weapon during allergy season to eliminate potential allergens in the air.
- Snuggle up and cozy with this lightweight and breathable plant-dyed organic cotton throw blanket
- This awesome natural disinfectant spray is our favorite at Loose Leaf. It kills cold and flu viruses from surfaces.
- These sustainable bamboo facial tissues are easy on your sensitive skin and the environment. A must-have during allergy and cold season!
- Do you have a wood or pellet stove? If so, you definitely need to humidify the air. This vintage-style cast iron steamer is a non-toxic old-school way to humidify indoor air.
Boost Your Immune Health With The Delicious Teas In The October Tea Talk Box
Want to experience four amazing immune-boosting teas? This month’s Tea Talk Box has all four of our best teas for your immune system in 3-cup sample size pouches, so you can experience them all before committing to a full size. And all month long on Instagram, we will share tips and show you how to turn these teas into delicious mocktails and lattes!
*This information has not been evaluated by the FDA, and is not intended to diagnose or cure a medical issue, or replace professional medical care. If you are pregnant or nursing, are under the care of a physician, or on prescription medication, talk to your health care provider before making any changes to your diet or routine.