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Five teas that tackle the common cold

Mary Jones
Staff Writer
mej102@lhup.edu

Every fall and winter, countless students fall victim to colds and illnesses. Living so close together in the dorms and the stress of a new semester puts college students at higher risk for falling ill. However, as we are college students, we can’t always make it to the doctor and we want instant relief from the symptoms so we can keep studying for that big test tomorrow. From stuffy noses, to sore throats and even headaches and stomach aches, hot herbal tea can be one of the best cures. But what teas work best for which symptom? Here is a list of the top five teas.

  1. Chamomile

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Considered by some to be a miracle herb, Chamomile fights headaches, is a natural decongestant, sooths both the throat and stomach, boosts the immune system and will put you to sleep. Chamomile tea bags can be found anywhere. The cheaper bags that contain only Chamomile work the best. Simply steep the bag in boiling water for 3-5 minutes and enjoy.

  1. Cinnamon

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Cinnamon is a known spice but how many really know of this herb’s healing properties? Not only does it soothe the stomach and help sore throats, it fights congestion and headaches as well. Simply pour boiling water over a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, let steep for 8-10 minutes and enjoy.

  1. Peppermint

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Photo courtesy of teamajesty.com

Peppermint tea has many health benefits including being a natural decongestant and helping with stomach problems. Peppermint tea bags can be found anywhere, including Walmart and Weis. I favor the cheaper tea bags that have only peppermint in them. Simply steep the tea bag in a cup of boiling water for 2-4 minutes and enjoy the soothing feeling in your stomach. What’s even better about peppermint tea is that you can make it taste like a melted candy cane, simply by sweetening it!

  1. Ginger

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We all know that drinking Ginger Ale helps with stomach aches, right? Well, drinking Ginger Tea not only helps fight nausea, but it also boosts the immune system due to high levels of Vitamin C. Found at any grocery store, simply steep the tea bag in a cup of boiling water for five minutes and enjoy. If you don’t like the flavor of the ginger, add honey or peppermint to hide the flavor.

  1. Thyme

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Making a tea with Thyme could actually make your coughs more productive (meaning it helps clean your lungs out faster, making you feel better sooner). Making Thyme tea is simple. Just steep two teaspoons of fresh thyme (available at Walmart) in a cup of boiling water for ten minutes.

All of these teas can have milk added and be sweetened to taste. The best sweetener to use is honey, which helps fight sore throats. Sugar will lower the immune system, making you sicker longer. Get well soon!

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