Top Recommended Homemade Herbal Teas for Colds

If you have a cold and are in need of some relief I recommend homemade herbal teas for colds.

Prepared cup of herbal tea with lime #medicineballtea #herbalteaforcolds

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Who gets a cold on Mother’s Day weekend?

Sadly, that would be me. I had a terrible cold all weekend and even worse I passed it onto my 18-month-old son and three-year-old daughter.

Looking back I should have known something was brewing in my two little ones on Friday night. At 4am they both woke up and refused to go back to sleep. Instead they ended up in our bed where all they wanted to do was cuddle, mostly with their dad. Usually that would hurt my feelings but not that night since by that time my head was throbbing and I could hardly breathe through my nose.

Soon, the sun rose and the three of us awoke with full-blown colds. My husband was the only lucky one to be spared. Healthy and strong, he rose early on Saturday morning and got himself ready to go to WORK! Yes, unfortunately my husband had to work all weekend. You see, he is a high school teacher and it just happened that Mother’s Day weekend was also the weekend when his school would be hosting a huge national speech tournament (which he was in charge of). That meant he was gone all Saturday and most of Sunday.

As a result, that left me on my own to take care of my two little sickies and myself. Not going to lie, there was a lot of TV-watching, couch-lounging, carb-eating, and PJ-wearing that went on this weekend. Not to mention a lot of wiping of runny noses, unexplained crying and tantrums, and chasing after them trying to get them to eat.

However, we did get some quiet time to just sit and take it easy, which lent itself really well to some amazing snuggles. Is it wrong that I like when my kids are sick because they just want to be held by mama?

Herbal Teas to the Rescue

Thankfully, something that really helped relieve the awfulness of our colds was drinking lots of herbal tea. Drinking tea during a cold is great because you are drinking liquids and the warmth helps soothe a sore throat. Also, herbal teas have many medicinal benefits. In Mexico, herbal teas are very common in treating all different types of ailments. Usually if something is wrong, my parents or grandmother will recommend all sorts of homemade herbal teas for treatment.

Teas to drink when you have a cold

Prepared cup herbal tea with lime juice #medicineballtea #herbalteaforcolds

Following are a few homemade herbal teas for colds that I highly recommend. (It is always best to consult with your doctor before trying any tea with small children.)

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is great for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The tea has a mild flavor and is safe to give to children, even to babies in small doses. After I brew the tea I let it cool down a bit before giving it to my kids and mix in a teaspoon of honey. Honey is also a natural antibacterial and helps soothe a sore throat. Keep in mind that honey should never be given to children under the age of one because it could contain botulism spores.

Mint Tea

Another amazing herb to use for homemade herbal teas for colds is mint. Mint has antibacterial and antiviral properties and is also safe for kids. The taste of mint tea is stronger than that of chamomile so I usually dilute it with a little water when I give it to my kids. Then I mix in a teaspoon of honey.

Garlic Tea

Although not actually an herb, garlic is a natural antibiotic and decongestant and is a great tea remedy. Garlic tea is also safe for kids, but from my experience not one of their favorites.

To make garlic tea, finely chop one clove of garlic and place at the bottom of a mug and cover with hot water. Let the tea sit for about 3 minutes then add half a lime and honey. You can leave the garlic in the tea and actually drink some of it to get more of the effects of the garlic.

Mint and Peach Tea (Medicine Ball Tea)

This is a new addition to my tea repertoire and an idea that comes from Starbucks. Have you heard of the medicine ball tea from Starbucks? Many medicine ball believers claim that this tea is a cure for the common cold. Although that is a pretty big claim, the use of mint tea and lemonade or limeade (lemons and limes are natural antioxidants) are great for soothing a cold. I love this concoction because it’s also just absolutely delicious!

The original recipe calls for the use of lemonade, water, a mint tea bag, a peach tea bag and honey. However, this makes for an extremely sugary drink because lemonade has so much sugar. Instead, my husband and I make a revised homemade medicine ball tea. It is still so delicious and I probably drank about 6 homemade medicine ball teas this weekend.

Ingredients for homemade medicine ball tea #medicineballtea #herbalteaforcolds

Homemade Medicine Ball Tea Ingredients:

-1 bag of Bigelow Mint Tea

-1 bag of Bigelow Peach Tea

-Hot water

-Half a lime

-1 ½ teaspoons of honey

Overall, even though my husband had to work and the kids and I were sick, my Mother’s Day weekend was still fantastic. I enjoyed all the lounging and snuggle time I got with my babies and when my husband got home he had all sorts of Mother’s Day gifts, flowers, surprises and treats for me.

Do you use any homemade herbal teas for colds? What other natural remedies do you use to fight colds? Share your comments with me below.

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Homemade Medicine Ball Tea

Servings 1 Cup
Author Gemma from Everyday Latina

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Bigelow Mint Tea
  • 1 bag Bigelow Peach Tea
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. Steep the the bags of mint tea and peach tea together in a mug with hot water for 4 minutes.

  2. Squeeze half a lime in the tea. 

  3. Add honey.

  4. You can always add more lime juice or honey depending on your preference.

24 Comments

  1. Kim

    I don’t know why I don’t think to drink tea when I have a cold. I’m definitely going to buy a couple you recommend to have on hand when the next cold strikes. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  2. Is it odd that I would drink these teas without even having a cold!? I absolutely love tea and am always trying new flavors or adding a few pieces of fruit to give it something extra. Thank you for your sharing!

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    1. everydaylatina Author

      My dad always swore by it and I used to think I wouldn’t like it. But with the honey and lime it’s actually not bad.

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  3. I’m a huge tea lover and am always looking for some remedies when I’m sick. This one sounds really good and I love the addition of the lime. I’m saving to make when I need it! Thanks 🙂

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