7 Best Teas to Support Your Immune System Right Now
Even though we’re (finally) nearing spring, we’re still not quite out of cold and flu season—not to mention COVID-19 is still very much a thing. So, it’s still important that you take measures to keep your body’s first line of defense—aka the immune system—in tip-top shape so that you can stay healthy.
While there are plenty of supplements you can take to bolster your immunity (with your doctor’s permission of course), another route you can take—aside from incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet—is drinking a cup or two of immune-boosting tea. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now).
Below, you will see just seven teas from trusted brands and made with ingredients that are known to help support your immune system.
Numi Organic Immune Boost Tea
This tea, which is made with a blend of echinacea (which in supplement form is often used to help treat the common cold), rosehips, and even dandelion to help rid the body of toxins. Rosehips, in particular, have a high concentration of vitamin C, even more so than most fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C, along with vitamin D, B6, and minerals such as zinc and magnesium all work to support a healthy immune system.
The Fit Cook Immunity Tea
Turmeric is truly a miracle spice, as it’s long been used to help combat inflammation in the body. When it’s paired with ginger—another ingredient that’s touted for its anti-inflammatory properties—as well as virus-fighting echinacea, you can see how this tea can help your immune system kick just about any infection’s butt.
Pukka Elderberry & Echinacea
Rich in licorice, ginger, echinacea, beetroot, and aniseed, this tea is packed with immune-boosting, antioxidant-rich ingredients. In addition, each tea bag is packaged in its own recyclable envelope to help retain the organic herbs essential oils so you get the full effect when you go to brew your cup of tea.
Numi Organic Immune Support
Elderberry meets elderflower in this tea and together, the two flowers come together to help support the immune system carry out normal functions so you combat viruses before they can even have an effect on your body.
Organic India Tulsi Ashwagandha
If you’re looking for a tea that’s rich in adaptogens—also known as herbal pharmaceuticals that help the body resist physical, chemical, and biological stressors—look no further than Organic India’s Tulsi Ashwagandha. In addition, several studies have shown that the adaptogen and ancient medicinal herb ashwagandha may help in increasing the activity of immune cells, aka the “natural killer cells” that help fight off infection.
Tea Forté Defense Wellbeing
There’s something extra luxurious about the packaging of this loose leaf tea, right? Made from a blend of echinacea, ginger, and elderberry, Tea Forté Defense is packed with herbs that will help your mind remain calm while also ensuring your immune system is prepared to take action should you come into contact with a virus.
Jayida Ché Hakuna Matata
With herbs like chamomile, lavender, ginseng, and Saint John’s wort, this loose leaf tea will help your body fight inflammation while also relieving you of stress and anxiety. Saint John’s wort is commonly used to help people manage symptoms that accompany depression and mood disorders. Not to mention, Jayida Ché (which is a Black-owned brand!) also exclusively uses ingredients sourced from local, fair trade, and organic suppliers.
For more reasons to drink tea, check out 6 Ways Drinking Green Tea Can Add Years to Your Life, According to Science.
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Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.