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Tea Wisdom

Best Teas for a Sore Throat

Margaret Wack

Nothing hits the spot when you’re feeling under the weather like a good cup of tea. Aside from being delicious, many teas also have a wealth of medicinal properties that help to soothe and heal the body. While tea may not be able to treat more serious illnesses on its own, it can help to treat symptoms like a sore throat. Tea can be used in addition to traditional medicine in order to provide relief and make you feel better as your body fights off illness. Here are a few of our recommendations for teas for a sore throat:


1. Chamomile

Chamomile has been used in herbal medicine for hundreds of years, and has a light, floral character and healing properties that will have you feeling better in no time. Chamomile is especially effective at soothing a sore throat, and also has a wealth of other benefits that are helpful when you’re sick, including calming nerves, promoting relaxation, and inducing sleep. Our Chamomile is made from whole chamomile flower heads, and brews up a bright gold color with a lovely natural sweetness. For additional throat-soothing benefits, add a dollop of honey and enjoy!

Our Chamomile Teas

Herbal tea: Egyptian Chamomile, Lavender Lullaby

2. Licorice Root

Licorice root has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat sore throats and other illnesses. Licorice root contains antiviral and antimicrobial properties that help to protect against disease and ward off potential sore throat causes. In addition, licorice root imparts a lingering sweetness to whatever tea it’s added to, and makes for a tasty, healthful treat whenever you’re feeling under the weather. When consumed in excess, licorice root can have adverse side effects, so it’s a good idea to sip these teas in moderation.

Our Licorice Teas

Oolong tea: Ginseng Oolong

Herbal tea: Atomic Gold, Sing Your Song

Rooibos tea: Honeybush Hot Cider


3. Turmeric

A staple of traditional herbal medicine that has recently seen a surge in popularity in the Western world, turmeric contains a variety of health benefits, and can help to ease the pain of a sore throat. Turmeric contains a beneficial compound called curcumin, which has been shown to have a variety of antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. Turmeric is part of the ginger family, and imparts a bright yellow-orange color to teas. It has a woody, slightly spicy taste, and is a soothing addition to tea that will have you feeling better in no time.

Our Turmeric Teas

Green tea: Turmeric Mango

Herbal tea: Atomic Gold

4. Peppermint

Peppermint is another common herbal tea with many health benefits that can help to soothe a sore throat. Peppermint contains menthol, which is an effective decongestant with cooling, soothing properties. This herbal tea can also aid in digestion, and is a great choice for a tea to wind down with before bed. We carry a variety of herbal and caffeinated blends that contain peppermint. If you’re suffering from a sore throat, try a fresh, minty cup of tea to ease your symptoms!

Our Peppermint Teas

Black tea: Lemon Mint Menage

Herbal tea: Peppermint, Alice’s Peppermint Party, Sing Your Song, Lavender Mint

Rooibos tea: Chocolate Mint

5. Ginger

A common ingredient in herbal medicine, ginger root is yet another herbal addition that can help to soothe the symptoms of a sore throat. Ginger contains a wealth of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to fight off the causes of a sore throat at their root. In addition, ginger is a popular anti-nausea aid, and can help to calm and soothe the body. We carry a variety of teas with ginger in them, from traditional chai blends to caffeine-free herbal alternatives.

Our Ginger Teas

Black tea: Masala Chai, Solstice Spice

Green tea: Linda’s Lemon Ginger

Herbal tea: Atomic Gold, Sing Your Song

Rooibos tea: Rooibos Chai

6. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a tasty spice with a wealth of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Cinnamon is a common ingredient added to spiced tea blends, and can help to ease the pain of a sore throat. For a traditional cinnamon-spiced tea, try a spiced black tea blend with a dash of milk and honey. We also carry a variety of herbal options that are a great way to enjoy a soothing, flavorful cup without the caffeine.

Our Cinnamon Teas

Black tea: Masala Chai, Solstice Spice

Pu-erh tea: Dandy Cinnamon Pu-erh

Herbal tea: Mulled Wine Fruit Blend

Rooibos tea: Rooibos Chai, Honeybush Hot Cider

7. Tea with Lemon and Honey

While lemon and honey may not be an ingredient of tea in of themselves, they’re a common and effective herbal remedy for soothing a sore throat. A dash of honey and lemon juice can brighten up both caffeinated and herbal teas, but we think it pairs especially well with a classic black tea. Honey helps to soothe the throat and protect against irritants, while lemon juice is chock full of vitamin C. You can enjoy tea with lemon and honey as a soothing, healthful drink on its own, or add a splash of brandy for a medicinal hot toddy!

Using Tea to Treat a Sore Throat

While you should always seek out the help of a medical professional if you’re experiencing a serious illness, herbal remedies like tea have been used for centuries in order to treat minor ailments and illnesses. Herbal teas have a wealth of beneficial properties that can help to soothe the symptoms of illness and to ward off future disease. Caffeinated teas made from the camellia sinensis plant also contain additional healthful properties. These include antioxidants, which help to protect against degenerative disease and promote cellular health, and a compound known as l-theanine, which helps to induce calm and relaxation.

Aside from these beneficial properties, the warmth and steam of a hot cup of tea can soothe a sore throat and promote a faster recovery. Tea helps to hydrate the body, which is another important factor in overcoming illness. With all of these benefits and more, you’re sure to be feeling better in no time!