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The 4 Best Teas To Drink When You're Sick: Beyond Tea & Honey

Tea & Honey: How to Feel Better When You're Sick from Sips by

When someone you love gets the sniffles, it can sometimes feel like there’s nothing you can do to make them feel better. While you might not have the power to cure a cold, why not keep a few simple tricks up your sleeve to provide relief and help them get well sooner rather than later? Here are some easy home remedies to help your partner, roommate, sibling, friend, or parent start feeling better when they’re sick!

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The most important thing you can do to help someone you love feel better when they’re sick is to make sure they’re getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and keeping warm — and a simple cup of comforting tea with honey is proven to help with all of these! Powerful combinations like honey and tea kick sniffles, headaches, sore throats, and coughs to the curb while getting you or your loved one back to feeling their best.

Honey is a rich natural source of powerful antimicrobial properties that fight some bacteria and viruses. It contains several vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are linked to increased heart health over time and help someone recover more quickly from sicknesses like the cold and flu.

As a delicious natural sweetener, honey also soothes an irritated throat and relieves a cough when paired with hot tea. Drinking warm liquids like tea when you’re sick is hydrating, warming, and soothing which helps relax the patient and loosen any congestion. You can drink or serve hot tea with honey anytime when someone is sick, but drinking a cup before bed increases quality of sleep and helps you get important restorative rest.

Try out the Sore Throat Tea Tonic bonus recipe at the end of this article for an easy natural cold remedy proven to alleviate discomfort when sick and aid in a quick recovery.


Any tea can be paired with honey for a delicious cuppa, but certain teas contain particularly powerful nutrients and antioxidants that help overcome sickness. And for when you're staying in bed watching TV on sick days, check out this list of the best teas to pair with your Netflix binges!


Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant which makes it a wonderful natural remedy to fight off sicknesses. This Immune tea by Ahmad Tea is fortified with vitamin c and blends nettle, lemon verbena, and turmeric to create a deliciously stimulating brew to help support the immune system.


The powers of turmeric are even amplified when paired with ginger in an herbal blend. On its own, ginger tea even contains powerful vitamins and properties that can soothe nausea and an upset stomach while boosting your immune system which helps you get over a cold or flu quicker. Organic Super Ginger by DAVIDsTEA is a potent herbal infusion of anti-inflammatory ginger, green rooibos and peppercorns so soothing, you might even say it has superpowers. This brew is the perfect caffeine-free ginger tea to reach for when you’re fighting a cold or sore throat, so you can heal fast and still enjoy a good night's sleep.


Full of vitamin C, lemon tea can provide a powerful boost to the immune system and instant relief for sore throats. Completely caffeine-free, Lemon Spearmint Energy by Urbal Tea is a yerba mate blend infused with lemongrass, spearmint, and gingko for a bright blend that is very astringent and antiviral.


Peppermint is one of the most popular tea flavors. Peppermint tea can settle an upset stomach and help prevent nausea and vomiting, aid in reducing fever, and relieve stress while the natural menthol soothes any pesky cough or loosens congestion. This delicious Organic Green Tea with Peppermint by Oteas combines the powerful antioxidants in green tea with the health benefits of peppermint for a refreshing and nutritional cup.


This sore throat tea tonic recipe is easy to make when you or your loved one is feeling under the weather. Honey and hot tea with a bit of lemon works wonders to soothe a sore throat, relieve congestion, and suppress a cough. Brew a cup in the morning for a healthy start to your day or drink at night to usher in sweet, peaceful dreams.

Sore Throat Tea Tonic

Makes 1-2 glasses // Prep Time: 5 minutes // Active Time: 2 minutes


  • 2-3 teaspoons of preferred tea. We recommend Organic Cold 911 by DAVIDsTEA.
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Optional: add a few slivers of ginger for an extra immune boost


Gently boil water and steep the tea for 3-5 minutes in your favorite mug. Optional: add 1-2 slivers of fresh ginger for an extra immune boost.

Stir in the honey and add lemon juice.

Enjoy this healthful cup in the morning or evening to soothe a sore throat!

Tip: Any of the teas in our Get Well Soon Tea Kit can be used in this recipe!

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes


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