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Best Tea For A Cold, Especially If You Get Man Flu

Being a coffee and beer drinker by nature it’s definitely a little side-step to ask myself, what’s the best tea for a cold? However, as flu season descends and my rugged exterior is compromised, I suddenly realise that my usual desires for beverage are replaced by my need to find the best tea for a cold and a sore throat. 

A runny red nose and a hobo’s cough don’t really match my order for an espresso or that pint of ice cold lager I’d usually reach for in a heartbeat. I find myself a little more “sensitive” to such extremes of temperature, thus I’m here sampling herbal teas to ease and appease this new found fragility I’m feeling.

1. Galil Cold/Flu – Best Tea For Being Discovered In A Friend’s Cupboard

Galil Cold/Flu - Best Tea For Being Discovered In A Friend’s Cupboard

To say this is where it all started is a given from the title. I discovered this little gem lying forlorn under a pile of needy chamomile and a cheeky few peppermint bags, glued to the bottom of a jar marked “herbal”. The fact that it was alone and hidden attest to the rest of the pack having been devoured with this sole survivor of the box escaping and waiting, as if destined to be consumed by the scratchy throated me. The flavor was not half bad!? Kind of tasty in fact. 

Who knows if I could have avoided a further descent into illness if there had been more of that bag’s kin on offer that fateful evening? I have a particular soft spot for this tea though the packaging really doesn’t do it justice, they could definitely use a millennial in the marketing department.

2. Yogi Tea – Best Tea For A Cold Or Respiratory Infection Or When You Sound Like Marge Simpson 

Yogi Tea - Best Tea For A Cold Or Respiratory Infection Or When You Sound Like Marge Simpson

Yogi Tea – Cold season by all accounts and purposes will have you attempting to breathe deeply and clear the gunk from your lungs before it drops to your chest and really does some damage. This tea seems to lead the way for teas that help that particular bodily function.

Best to say at this stage Yogi tea has nothing to do with the infamous picnic destroying bear but rather the traditional Ayurvedic herbs it uses – Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon and Clove – with Licorice and Eucalyptus to support respiratory function and Orange Peel, Peppermint and Tulsi adding to the taste or just working as a general support gang for the other more common herbs, except Tulsi who sounds like she bribed her way in with money.  

The reviews are in and are excellent, from actual cold symptom relief and cure assurances to outrageous claims (I’m talking to you Sally) who “Can’t live without it”. It seems this is a good one.

3. Flora Cold Stop – Best Tea For A Cold And That’s No Lie

Flora Cold Stop - Best Tea For A Cold And That’s No Lie

This one’s name says it all and also the packaging makes it look like something you’d find in a Chinese Apothecary shop so you just know you’re getting something good. But as this is my list of best favorites this review needed to be shared…

“I once had a cold and felt like crap. I drank some of this tea and felt awesome. I was able to leap buildings in a single bounce, I deadlifted cars for funsies, I punched through a diamond door… Only one thing is true about this review, I felt much better once I drank this tea when I had a cold”.  

See? Awesome! It is a bit more expensive than some other brands but is 100% organic which is a small price to pay for not having a tea full of faceless nasties.

4. Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Tea – Best Tea For A Cold Served Cold (Like Revenge!)

Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Tea - Best Tea For A Cold Served Cold (Like Revenge!)

I often get my man flu when the season changes. In Australia as soon as the mercury starts to rise the air-cons get cranked up and every air-born germ has a freeway to infestation town. It’s times like these, when the asphalt is melting that I do need a cold tea, a fruity tea, and unlike these other cold kicking beauties, a tea with caffeine! 

This Celestial Seasonings tea is just the zingy, fruity, kick in your cold addled brain that you need. It wakes you up, hydrates you and gets rid of that funky taste you’ve been struggling to shake from days of mouth breathing!

Unlike regular tea it brews in cold water and comes in a few different flavors but this is the one for me. Though it does seem very strange not to pop the kettle on for a cuppa?

5. Hey Girl – Immune Booster – Best Tea For A Cold For The Ladies, Allegedly

Hey Girl - Immune Booster - Best Tea For A Cold For The Ladies, Allegedly

I popped this one in for all you gals out there who have nothing better to do than read my best favourites website in the hope of gleaning the knowledge I research and impart… I wish. 

In reality the only things about this product that seem to be female specific is the fancy packaging and the fact they are charging twice as much, just as hairdressers do, for the same basic product? 

After scanning the ingredients lists I also noticed that unlike most of the other teas I have looked at they had distinctly fewer medicinal herbs in them and had the addition of sickly sweet stevia leaves, which according to my lady friend is a natural, yet artificial tasting sweetener… blerch! 

That plus the price, plus the fact that in the question section of the product information someone from the company had actually used the word “Duh” to reply to a potential customer? Not impressed, so Hey Girls… Don’t bother unless you’re only buying it for the packaging.

6. Teavana – Best Tea At Starbucks For When You’re Pretending You’re At Starbucks And Are Actually On The Sofa

Teavana - Best Tea At Starbucks For When You’re Pretending You’re At Starbucks And Are Actually On The Sofa

The famous Starbucks Medicine Ball is a go to for those fast-paced, professional cold sufferers who are soldiering on, and this here is the first step to making your own at home. As you can see from the photo they are available in two flavor options, the Jade Citrus Mint, which is caffeinated, and Peach Tranquility, which is not. 

I wasn’t sure what bippity, boppity, boo magic Starbucks’ employees have, so like any hard hitting journalist type I Googled it and just like a fairy Godmother turning lizards into footmen this Starbucks goodness appeared before me. 

See magic is real!

7. Traditional Sampler – Best Tea For A Cold Caffeine Free

Traditional Sampler - Best Tea For A Cold Caffeine Free

Most of the teas I have researched are caffeine free. I think it comes with the territory of being deemed healthy? Personal taste is going to feature fairly prominently in whatever you buy and let’s be honest if you have a cold your taste buds aren’t really firing at capacity.

It is stressful to make decisions when sick and committing to a box of teabags you mightn’t like might be the straw that breaks the diseased camel’s back? So I would suggest mixing it up with a Seasonal Herb Tea Sampler pack which includes 4 tea bags each of Organic Throat Coat, Organic Echinacea Plus, Breathe Easy and Gypsy Cold Care. Word on the street is that they’re all clinically tested and seem to be specific to stages of the cold process, with the exception of the Gypsy Cold Care but if you are planning on getting a pony, travelling the lands by wooden caravan and a career in fortune telling then those tea-bags might make some sense?

How To Make The Best Tea For A Cold

So now we have a jumping off point, nay, a one stop reference point in your journey for selecting the best tea for a cold, it’s time to remember that even packaged perfection can be vastly improved by a decent squeeze of fresh lemon, a gentle sliver or two of fresh ginger, a dash of honey and maybe just a splash of whiskey? I am a man after all! Happy healing 🙂

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