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    What Tea Is Good for Runny Nose and Sneezing?

    Tea is a very popular beverage that has been enjoyed by many people for centuries. Not only is it delicious, it also offers a wide range health benefits due. Certain types of tea can even have the effect to help alleviate flu like symptoms such as runny nose and sneezing. However, what you should know is that despite it helping alleviate your symptoms, it does not cure you. 

    There are many different types of tea that I enjoy when I am sick. In particular the common ones are are ginger tea, chamomile tea, peppermint tea, eucalyptus tea, licorice root tea and lemon and honey tea. As always, when you are sick it is best to stay hydrated. This is because you generally lose more liquid in your body when you are sick (fever and sweating). Tea can help you stay hydrated and help provide a good source of fluids as it is tastier than drinking water. 

    Some tea also contain properties that help relieve nasal decongestion and make it easier for you to breathe. Tea with ingredients such as ginger, peppermint, eucalyptus, chamomile, lemon, honey, turmeric, licorice root and cayenne pepper can help you with that. 

    Some teas can help support your immune system. They are usually rich in antioxidants, contain vitamin and minerals and even support your gut health. Here are a few teas that I would suggest for those of you with runny nose and sneezing. 

    Ginger Tea

    Ginger tea is a great tea that can be helpful against runny nose and sneezing. In particular, if your symptoms are caused by the flu or cold it can be a great tea to try out. Ginger naturally contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce the inflammation in your nose and respiratory system. This means that it can help reduce the inflammation in your lungs and nose and lessen the issues. 

    It also can have a mild decongestant properties. Drinking ginger tea can help open up your nasal passage and make breathing easier. However, the decongestant properties are considered to be mild, if you are feeling unwell, it is best to see a doctor or take some flu/cold medication.

    Ginger is also rich in antioxidants, this can help boost your immune system and make it easier for your body to fight off the infection that causes your runny nose and sneezing.

    To make ginger tea, all you need to do is great fresh ginger (or use the chunk) and put it in boiling water. Let it soak in the water for a while and you can strain it if you prefer not to eat any ginger. If you prefer not to make it yourself, you can always purchase ginger tea. However, I would recommend you making your own ginger tea as it is fresher and much cheaper to make.

    Peppermint Tea / Eucalyptus Tea

    Both peppermint and eucalyptus tea are powerful ingredients that can help alleviate runny nose and sneezing. Both of these ingredients contain menthol, which is considered a natural decongestant. Menthol is often used in products that help you with the cold or flu. In fact, many cough drops or ointments contain menthol as it can soothe and provide a nice cooling effect. When inhaled, menthol can help your respiratory tract by making it easier to breathe temporarily. It does not treat your symptoms but it can help you feel more comfortable to fight off the infection.

    Eucalyptus in addition have expectorant properties. This means that it can help thin the mucus and phlegm in your respiratory tract, making it easier to expel and clear up your breath. The active ingredient called cineole helps with this. It is anti-inflammatory and even antimicrobial. It will help reduce inflammation and even help fight off bacteria and viruses. 

    Chamomile Tea

    Chamomile is actually a popular herb that is used in tea. It is very known for its ability to be calming and soothing for your body. Personally, I really like a particular variety of chamomile called Egyptian chamomile. It is known for its high quality and stronger aromatic. Egyptian chamomile is native to Egypt, it was cultivated in the Nile River Valley for centuries. It is well known for the sweet and strong aroma when brewed in tea. 

    Much like the other teas, it is anti-inflammatory, calming and relaxing for your body and can even ease your digestive system and relieve upset stomach. One added bonus is that chamomile is calming and can even help you sleep. 

    Lemon and Honey Tea

    Lemon and honey tea is one of the most iconic drinks for those with flu like symptoms such as runny nose and sneezing. Lemons are considered to be a rich source of vitamin C, which is well known to be helpful in boosting immunity and reduce the duration of your flu symptoms. Honey, lemon and warm water combined can also help soothe your throat and ease the pain you might get. 

    Not only is honey delicious, it is particular known to be antibacterial. This is because it contains properties such as low water content, high sugar concentration and contains phytochemical and phytonutrients. All of these help provide antibacterial effects. However, not all types of honey have the same levels of antibacterial levels, try to look for some Manuka honey if you want something stronger. 


    There are many teas that are beneficial for those of you who have a runny nose and is sneezing. I have listed a few of my favorites and ones that I personally think is effective to treat flu or cold like symptoms. Different teas often offer different properties that can help alleviate your symptoms 

    As always, when you are preparing tea it is very important that you use good quality ingredients. You should always try to purchase from fresh or reputable sources. In addition, while tea can be helpful in alleviating symptoms, it is not a cure. You should always contact a healthcare professional if you are sick, drinking tea is not a substitute for professional medical advice or even treatment. 

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