There’s not much worse than waking up with a terrible cold and having to decide whether to go to work or take a day to get the rest your body needs. Whatever you decide, you should be aware that tea should be a big staple in your day. Different kinds of teas have different benefits, but they are all good for your body in their own ways. Be sure to watch how much caffeine your tea of choice has in it; as some teas are super high in caffeine, they can actually prohibit you from being able to sleep, and when you’re sick your body needs to be able to sleep!
Green tea is probably the first tea that comes to your head when you think about ways to make yourself feel better when you’re sick. Green tea is packed with anti-inflammatory properties, anti-infective properties, and many other natural aides. It’s also been known that drinking a good amount of green tea can help to boost your mood, so that’s always a plus, especially if you’re stuck going into work when you’re feeling under the weather.
If nausea is one of the side effects of your illness, try drinking some hot ginger tea. It’s well-known that ginger is great for you when you have a stomach ache, hence why your parents likely made you chug a gallon of ginger ale as a child every time you complained of stomach pains. Not only this, but ginger tea can also help to get rid of headaches and muscle aches. When you have the flu, drinking at least one cup of ginger tea each day will help to get you back on your feet.
Did you know that hibiscus tea has a huge dose of vitamin C inside? It’s true- drinking one cup of hibiscus tea gives you about a third of your daily requirement of vitamin C, which is even more than orange juice! One of the other benefits to hibiscus tea is that unlike a lot of other herbal teas, hibiscus tea does not have any caffeine inside. This is great for when you’re sick because it won’t keep you awake!
Chamomile tea is the ultimate sick day tea. It will relax you and put you to sleep for long enough to temporarily forget how miserable you are. Chamomile is amazing for treating chest colds, migraines, and cramps. Basically, anything you could be sick with, chamomile has it covered. If you want to be even more relaxed, try to put some lavender in your chamomile tea. You’ll feel more relaxed than ever.