A scratchy sore throat is a real misery, but a soothing cup of herbal tea can help to ease the pain and calm the irritation. Here are eight herbal teas to choose when your throat is sore.

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There’s nothing better when your throat is sore than a comforting cup of warm herbal tea. While the warmth alone goes a long way towards easing the irritation, some herbs are particularly effective when your throat is scratchy and painful.

As well as soothing the symptoms of a sore throat, many of these herbal tea ingredients are naturally antimicrobial, meaning they can help your body fight off the bacteria or viruses that cause sore throats and colds. Combined with plenty of rest, these herbal remedies can help you recover faster.

Don’t forget to add some honey for extra sweetness. Its antimicrobial properties will boost the infection-fighting power of your herbal tea, and it will also soothe your throat.

 

1. Cinnamon

Warming cinnamon is a gorgeous spice to make your herbal tea extra comforting, especially when your throat is sore. Cinnamon is naturally antibacterial, making it a great choice for fighting off throat infections and colds.

Cinnamon is also a natural painkiller. And it is packed with antioxidants, making it an effective ally against inflammation.

We love to use cinnamon in our warming flagship teas. Our Liquorice & Cinnamon and Turmeric & Cinnamon teas are both wonderful blends to have on hand when you have a sore throat.

NutraTea Turmeric & Cinnamon Herbal Tea

 

 

2. Liquorice

Liquorice may be best known for flavouring sweets, but this plant extract has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. One of its many uses is in treating a sore throat. It is even found in many commercial cough sweets and syrups.

The active components in liquorice can help to fight off viruses. It may act as a natural painkiller, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory.

Our Liquorice & Cinnamon flagship tea contains both these sore-throat busting herbs. You can also find liquorice in many of our other herbal teas. For treating a sore throat, find it in our NutraDefence tea, combined with other ingredients that support your immune system and ease the symptoms of colds, coughs, and sore throats.

NutraTea Liquorice & Cinnamon Tea

 

3. Turmeric

Long used in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has become increasingly popular in the West for its anti-inflammatory properties.

This warming spice has many benefits, including soothing a sore throat. It is a powerful antioxidant and has antimicrobial properties, meaning it can help our bodies fight off infections and recover faster.

Our flagship Turmeric & Cinnamon blend is an ideal tea for when you have a sore throat.

NutraTea Turmeric & Cinnamon Herbal Tea

 

4. Ginger

Ginger is one of the best-known herbal remedies for a sore throat. It has active ingredients that help to fight off bacteria and viruses, supporting your body’s natural immune defences so that you can recover quicker.

The compounds in ginger are anti-inflammatory and can be used to relieve pain. One small study also found that ginger is effective in reducing the risk of developing tonsilitis.

We use ginger as one of the ingredients in our NutraDefence tea, where it works with other herbs to boost your immune system and relieve cold and flu symptoms.

NutraDefence Herbal Tea - Eucalyptus & Elderberries Tea - Immunity Tea

5. Green Tea

Packed with antioxidants, green tea is a popular choice for anyone wanting to stay healthy. All those antioxidants are great for helping your body fight infections and disease.

Green tea can also ease the pain of a sore throat. One study looked at the effect of green tea on post-operative patients, who often experience throat pain due to the tube used to help them breathe during surgery. The study found that those who were treated with green tea had significantly less severe sore throats than those who just had water.

If your sore throat has you feeling dull and low on energy, green tea can also give you an energy boost, which is why we use it as one of the main ingredients in our NutraBoost tea.

NutraBoost Herbal Tea - Tea For Energy

6. Chamomile

Soothing chamomile is always a favourite in herbal tea, especially in the evenings. The good news for anyone struggling with a sore throat is that chamomile is also wonderful for easing the pain.

Chamomile acts to lubricate the throat, helping to soothe that scratchy irritation that comes from a throat infection. It is also an anti-inflammatory.

Chamomile is known for its ability to help us sleep too, which is a bonus for anyone whose sore throat is keeping them awake at night. We use it in our NutraRelax blend to help you relax and get a good night’s rest.

NutraRelax Herbal Tea - Tea For Anxiety, Sleep and Stress

7. Thyme

Thyme has plenty of uses in the kitchen, but its value extends beyond adding flavour to your Sunday roast. Thyme has antibacterial properties, making it a useful ally against infections that cause sore throats.

Thyme is also a traditional remedy for coughs. Studies suggest it is an effective one too, with patients reporting a significant decrease in the severity of their cough when they treated it with thyme syrup.

Since sore throats are often made worse by coughing, thyme is a vital ingredient in our NutraDefence tea.

NutraDefence Herbal Tea - Eucalyptus & Elderberries Tea - Immunity Tea

 

8. Mullein

Probably the least known herb on our list, mullein is a hedgerow plant that has been used in traditional remedies for hundreds of years. It is most often used to treat respiratory diseases. However, it also has soothing properties that make it a great choice for alleviating a sore throat.

In test-tube studies, mullein has been found to be effective against influenza, which often causes a sore throat. It also helps to relieve irritation and inflammation, soothing a scratchy and painful throat.

Like liquorice, ginger, and thyme, mullein is found in our NutraDefence tea and helps to boost your immune system.

NutraDefence Herbal Tea - Eucalyptus & Elderberries Tea - Immunity Tea

When you are struggling with your digestion or experiencing gut issues, a soothing cup of herbal tea after a meal is a gentler and more enjoyable remedy than over-the-counter medicines. Here are 7 of our favourite herbal teas for digestion.

Herbs are a great way of naturally supporting a healthy gut. Many have been used for thousands of years to treat digestive issues – anything from constipation and bloating to nausea and diarrhoea. Plus, there’s increasing scientific evidence that these natural remedies effectively alleviate gut issues.

Herbal teas are a delicious way to get more herbs into your diet. They also help you reach your daily fluid intake goals. Dehydration can cause gut issues, so making sure you get plenty to drink is crucial when you are experiencing problems.

Here are seven of the best herbal teas for digestion and gut health.

 

1. Peppermint

A cup of peppermint tea is a refreshing end to any meal. It also has plenty of benefits for your digestive health. It is no surprise that peppermint has been used as a remedy for indigestion since the time of the Ancient Egyptians.

Peppermint contains a compound called menthol. It is this active ingredient that seems to make peppermint tea such an effective remedy for digestive issues. Peppermint helps to reduce abdominal pain and other symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome  (IBS).

Peppermint also relaxes the oesophagus and intestine, helping to prevent indigestion and nausea.

We combine peppermint with raspberry leaves in one of our most popular flagship teas. Brilliant for anyone suffering from menstrual pains or who is currently pregnant, this tea is also a great choice for those with digestive issues.

NutraTea Peppermint & Raspberry Leaf Tea For Pregnancy

2. Ginger

Fiery ginger is a favourite herb in Ayurveda, the traditional holistic healing system that originated in India. This is because the gut is a major focus in Ayurvedic medicine, which aims to keep the digestive fire – agni – strong and healthy.

Ginger has plenty of benefits for our digestion. It is often taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, where it helps to soothe nausea and prevent vomiting. You don’t have to be pregnant to find ginger useful though. It helps with many forms of stomach upset, including motion sickness, indigestion, and nausea as the result of chemotherapy.

We use ginger in several of our teas, both for its benefits and because of its delicious flavour. For digestive support, find ginger with other helpful herbs in our NutraCleanse and NutraTrim teas. You could also try our Ginger and Ginseng flagship tea.

NutratTea Ginseng and Ginger herbal tea3. Fennel

Fennel has many uses, including soothing digestive complaints. As an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, fennel tea helps restore the balance in your gut and encourage healthy digestion.

Fennel is effective against many harmful forms of bacteria, including those that cause digestive issues like diarrhoea and indigestion. It also reduces the symptoms of IBS, including abdominal pain.

Fennel adds a lovely taste to any herbal tea blend, which is another reason we like to include it in many of our teas. It’s a crucial ingredient in our NutraTrim tea, where we combine it with other herbs to promote digestive health and curb cravings.

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4. Dandelion Root

You may know dandelions best for their cheerful yellow flowers, but their roots are a traditional herbal remedy for many health conditions, including digestive issues.

The active components in dandelion root promote healthy digestion by helping food move smoothly through our digestive tracts. As a rich source of antioxidants, dandelion root also helps combat inflammation, which is often the cause of gut issues.

If you are feeling bloated, dandelion root tea is a great choice. It is an effective diuretic, meaning it can relieve water retention and bloating.

We use dandelion root in our NutraCleanse tea to support digestion, aid kidney function, and help your liver remove toxins. It is also a vital ingredient in our NutraTrim and NutraRelease teas.

NutraRelease Herbal Tea - Diuretic Tea For Kidney

5. Artichoke

Artichoke is well-known for supporting our livers and helping us detox after a period of overindulgence. It has other benefits for our health too, especially when it comes to digestion.

Artichokes contain a type of fibre called inulin, which is a prebiotic. Unlike probiotics, which contain beneficial bacteria that our digestive systems need, prebiotics are a source of food for the good bacteria already in our guts. This helps to maintain a healthy balance and keeps our digestion running smoothly.

Taking artichoke extract regularly also helps to improve the levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut.

Our NutraCleanse tea uses artichoke for healthy digestion and to support your liver.

NutraCleanse Herbal Tea - Detox Tea For Cleansing

6. Liquorice

Naturally sweet, liquorice is a tasty addition to any herbal tea. It also helps to support your gut health and has been used as a herbal remedy for many centuries.

Like artichoke, liquorice is great for protecting your liver and keeping it working well to keep your body free from toxins. Liquorice is an effective remedy for indigestion and helps to calm acid reflux and heartburn too.

Our Liquorice and Cinnamon flagship tea is a delicious and warming blend that is both grounding and energising. We also use liquorice in our NutraCleanse tea, where it’s combined with other herbs that help the digestion.

NutraTea Liquorice & Cinnamon Tea

7. Turmeric

Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is another herbal tea ingredient that we recommend for anyone wanting to maintain their digestive health.

Like ginger, turmeric is one of the core herbs used in Ayurveda. Western medicine is also catching up to the benefits of this powerful ingredient.

The main active component in turmeric is curcumin. This antioxidant can help reduce the symptoms of many digestive conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome and Colitis.

Supplementing with turmeric can improve our gut flora, helping us to digest our food and avoid issues.

We’ve combined turmeric with cinnamon to make one of our favourite warming flagship teas.

NutraTea Turmeric & Cinnamon Herbal Tea

The immune-boosting elderberry has many benefits for our health and wellness. Find out why this little fruit is such a powerful ally during the winter season.

The fruit of the elder tree, elderberries have a long history of use as medicine. There’s evidence that they were cultivated as early as the Neolithic period and the father of medicine, Hippocrates, is said to have referred to them as the “medicine chest of the people”.

Fast-forward to modern times and elderberry is becoming increasingly popular as a natural protector against upper respiratory tract infections like colds and flu.

Today, we’re diving deeper into the benefits of elderberry for our immune systems. Packed with antioxidants, this is the perfect herb to support your health this winter.

 

The Health Benefits of Elderberries

1. High in Antioxidants

Antioxidants are powerful compounds that protect against free radicals – atoms or molecules with an unpaired electron that damage our cells and cause disease. Fruits and vegetables are typically high in antioxidants, but elderberries are particularly rich in these beneficial compounds.

This high level of antioxidants makes elderberries great for our health. People with diets that are high in antioxidants are less likely to develop chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes or arthritis.

 

2. Packed with Vitamin C

Elderberries are also packed full of vitamin C, which is essential for many of our bodies’ core functions, including the immune system. 100g of raw elderberries contains 36mg of vitamin C, which is around 55% of our daily recommended intake.

 

3. Improve Cold and Flu Symptoms

Elderberries have been used as a herbal remedy for colds and flu for thousands of years. This is because elderberries have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, helping our bodies fight off infections and viruses.

People who take elderberry often recover faster from influenza and colds and experience less severe symptoms.

 

4. Boost the Immune System

All those antioxidants and vitamins make elderberry a great ally for supporting our immune systems. Elderberries increase our immune response, making us more able to resist infections and stay healthy during the winter months.

 

5. Good for Your Heart

There’s some evidence to suggest that elderberries may also help to protect our heart health. In animal studies, elderberry has been found to lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, lessening the risk of cardiovascular disease.

In humans, diets that are high in antioxidants like those found in elderberries are associated with a decrease in heart problems.

 

6. Give You Glowing Skin

While avoiding viruses and colds might be our main priority during the winter months, there’s no denying that the colder weather takes its toll on our skin too.

Fortunately, all those antioxidants are also beneficial for our skin’s health. Elderberries can help to protect against sun damage and reduce the signs of ageing.

 

Are Elderberries Safe?

Elder trees often grow wild, so you might be tempted to just snag yourself a hand of these shiny berries when you next see them. However, the raw berries can cause stomach issues, so you’ll want to avoid taking elderberry raw.

Once processed, elderberries are safe, and many people take them daily to ward off colds and viruses. Check with your doctor if you are taking any medications and obviously avoid them if you are allergic.

Otherwise, elderberries are one of the most used herbal remedies in the world and you shouldn’t experience any issues with taking them.

 

How Should You Use Elderberries?

Although you should avoid using elderberries raw, there are plenty of other ways to take advantage of the health benefits of this immune-boosting fruit.

Many people take elderberries as a supplement, usually in the form of a syrup or gummy. However, we think the best way to use elderberry is as a tea. Not only is it a delicious and comforting way of enjoying these fruits, but it also means you can combine the elderberry with other active herbal ingredients, such as thyme, echinacea, or eucalyptus.

When you are feeling under the weather, a warm cup of tea is a calming ritual to soothe your symptoms, clear your sinuses, and ease a sore throat.

We love our NutraDefence tea during the winter months to boost the immune system and relieve the symptoms of colds, coughs, and sore throats. As well as elderberry, it contains herbs like thyme, mullein, ginger, and eucalyptus – all carefully chosen to support your health this winter.

Feeling bloated and sluggish after the holiday season? If you are considering a liver cleanse, here are 6 of the best herbs to naturally protect and support your liver.

The holiday season is usually full of celebrations. But when the festivities are accompanied by plenty of food and drink, it is no wonder many of us start the New Year feeling sluggish, bloated, and tired.

If you feel like you’ve overdone it a bit this year, you’re not alone. Almost two-thirds of Brits drink more than usual during the festive period. Most of us are more sedentary too, with a third doing no exercise at all in December.

With all that celebrating, it is no wonder that cleanses and detox diets become so popular in January. Many of us want to prioritise our health at the start of the New Year and look for ways to help our bodies recover from weeks of excess.

The good news is that you don’t need extreme diets or expensive juice cleanses to detox in January. Your body comes equipped with its own sophisticated detoxifying system – your liver.

The largest solid organ in your body, your liver is constantly working to remove toxins and harmful substances from your bloodstream.

When your liver is healthy, it does a brilliant job of keeping you toxin-free. Despite what many diet brands will tell you, there’s no need to do an intensive liver-cleansing programme in the New Year. There’s little evidence that juice cleanses or strict elimination diets have that much effect on your liver’s performance.

However, there are things you can do to support your liver’s health so that it can continue to do its vital work.

Eating healthily, drinking less alcohol, and getting regular exercise are some basic lifestyle changes you can make to keep your liver healthy.

There are also several herbs that support your liver’s health and keep it performing effectively. Here, we look at 6 of these herbal allies and how they can help your liver stay healthy after a period of indulgence.

 

1. Milk Thistle

This spiky plant is one of the best-known herbs for liver support. It contains silymarin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that is often used to treat liver disease.

Milk thistle helps to protect our livers against damage and improves liver function. Many people use milk thistle as a natural hangover cure because of this protective effect.

Milk thistle is a vital ingredient in our NutraLiver and NutraCleanse teas. We chose it because it is a natural way to support our livers as they work to detoxify our bodies and keep us healthy.

 

2. Turmeric

Turmeric gets plenty of attention as an ally against inflammation and an effective antioxidant. It can even protect against liver disease. This is mainly down to curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, which reduces oxidative stress and prevents our livers from damage.

We use turmeric in our NutraLiver tea to support the healthy function of your liver.

 

3. Artichoke

Artichoke is one of the main ingredients in our NutraCleanse tea because it helps to support the liver and digestive system. Like milk thistle, it contains silymarin, which protects against liver damage.

Artichoke extract increases bile production – bile is a liquid produced by the liver that helps with detoxifying our bodies. Artichoke, therefore, also improves our liver function, cleansing our bodies of harmful toxins after a month of indulgence.

 

4. Dandelion Root

Like artichoke, dandelion root is great for increasing bile production, keeping our livers working effectively. Dandelion extract can also protect against liver diseases, possibly even including cancer.

Dandelion root contains certain polysaccharides that seem to prevent liver damage. These polysaccharides protect against oxidative stress and keep the liver healthy. We use dandelion root in our NutraCleanse tea to support the liver, kidneys, and digestive system.

For those struggling with bloating and water retention after the festive period, dandelion root is also an essential ingredient in our NutraRelease tea, which helps to restore the balance of fluids in your system.

 

5. Liquorice

We love liquorice for the hint of natural sweetness it gives our teas, but did you know that it is also great for your health? It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, supporting the function of many of our key organs, including the liver and kidneys.

Liquorice helps protect the liver against damage and stress from drinking alcohol, making it a beneficial herb to reach for if you’ve over-indulged. You’ll find liquorice in many of our teas – for liver support, look out for it in our NutraLiver and NutraCleanse teas.

 

6. Ginger

Ginger has many benefits for our health, including supporting the liver. Ginger helps to reduce the markers of fatty liver disease. It can also protect against the effect of toxins like alcohol, helping your body to recover after a season of parties.

Another benefit of ginger is that it makes a comforting and warming tea. Along with cinnamon, star anise, liquorice, and fennel, ginger gives our NutraCleanse tea its delicious flavour.

Here at NutraTea, we’re fans of liver cleanse teas that taste good at the same time as supporting your health! Discover our range here.