“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” - so said C.S. Lewis. Naturopath and founder of Bodhi Organic Tea, Lisa Guy, shares her wisdom on the best antioxidant-rich and immune-boosting herbal teas.
Ginger tea is an excellent winter tea that helps enhance circulation and is beneficial for improving cold hands and feet. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb that also has immune boosting properties, making it helpful for easing sore throats and colds.
Echinacea contains phenolic compounds, which increase the activity and number of immune cells such as T-cells. Echinacea can be enjoyed as a herbal tea.
“Echinacea is widely known for its ability to stimulate the immune system to prevent or treat colds and flu.”
Drinking green tea daily can help boost immune function. It’s believed that the polyphenols found in green tea, which have potent antioxidant properties, have an immune-enhancing effect.
According to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry the active compound in turmeric, curcumin, helps boost CAMP (cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide), a substance that helps assist our immune system fight off colds other infections. Turmeric is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant spice that makes a perfect addition to herbal teas, particularly with ginger, some fresh lemon and Manuka honey.
Liquorice has been found to help support healthy immune function, and is commonly used to treat coughs and colds. Liquorice has an anti-inflammatory action, which helps soothe sore throats and ease coughs. Liquorice also helps loosen and clear congestion.