Many people instantly think of tea to help sore throat and similar symptoms of a cold or flu. So, which types of tea are best for sore throat relief, and are there any that can actually make it worse?
Let’s take a look at a few different types of tea and why people use them for helping with a sore throat. Will tea help a sore throat? It sure can!
Tea made Sage and Echinacea
MedicalNewsToday has cited the following studies about sage for its usefulness in treating a store throat due to its anti-inflammatory properties: (1, 2, 3). They also referenced a study about echinacea (4), and have put sage and echinacea right near the top of their list of best natural remedies for a sore throat. They recommend making a spray out of it to sooth your throat.
What tea is good for a sore throat besdies that?
Mint can be very refreshing,and ginger root is another popular choice as some people believe it can help kill bacteria that can be causing the sore throat in the first place.
Some people swear by lemon water, especially hot lemon water with honey in it, not to mention adding those two ingredients to a black tea, a green tea, or whatever you prefer.
What about tea and honey for sore throat relief?
There are countless different ways to sweeten a cup of tea, but when it comes to throat tea, you’ll often hear references to honey. It is believed that the honey can help provide relief, and it is something that has been discussed at Mayo Clinic so we’ll leave it to them, if you’re looking for more information as to why people use honey.
Doing research for this article, we’ve seen a handful of sites talk about how beneficial honey can be for helping with throat pain, but none of them seem to mention why. If anyone out there knows any better, let us know!
In some cases, there are studies that point towards the effectiveness of a variety of different herbs that can be made into tea, and in other cases there’s probabally more of a placebo effect taking place.
An important thing, when you are feeling sick with a cold or flu, or just a sore throat, is to drink lots of fluids and stay very hydrated, and that’s certainly something that tea can help with!