Herbal teas have been helping cold-sufferers feel better for thousands of years. First of all, the hot liquid can soothe your throat and break up congestion. And if you add a few drops of local honey, you have a natural cough suppressant. Or, squeeze in a lemon and get a burst of vitamin C, which may reduce the duration of your cold.

In a country that has an abundance of fresh sage, if you infuse the herb it is excellent for sore throats, coughing, and mouth irritations.

Peppermint revives the senses, peppermint’s antibacterial and antiviral properties are handy for fighting off winter colds and flu. It can soothe muscle aches, alleviate coughs (being antispasmodic) and opens nasal passageways.

Ginger root tea is a healthy elixir that can kick the cold and flu fast. It’s one of the most popular natural remedies thanks to its deliciously spicy flavor and potent health benefits. Ginger tea is also frequently used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by colds.

Cayenne is a common spice used in warm dishes. You’ve probably noticed how it can really get your nose running. You can add it to chicken soup or straight into your tea. It turns thick, heavy mucus on your chest or in your nose into a more liquid state, making it easier to blow out and helping you breathe easier.

Drinking any type of tea can relieve cold symptoms because drinking hot liquids and breathing in the vapors helps clear sinuses and increase circulation as well as keeping you well hydrated.

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