Flu season, and you’ve probably read, seems to be especially bad this year.

In fact, even your friendly neighborhood Tea Sommelier, whose tea-fueled, antioxidant-rich immune system is usually running strong and on all cylinders, caught the bug!

But having survived the ordeal, I have a few tea tips to help those still infected battle the bug:

Mr. InfluenzaAny Jewish mother will tell you that chicken soup is a practical cure-all, but studies have found that this is more than an old wives’ tale.  Hot chicken soup can improve the ability of cilia, the tiny hair-like parts of the nasal passages, to protect the body from bacteria and viruses.

And what, you may ask, to drink with your soup?

Tea, of course: not only it is chock-full of antioxidants, but breathing in the tea steam can help relieve congestion (not to mention the fact that you need to keep hydrated in general).

Tea is more beneficial than water in that it contains the aforementioned health benefits AND also because it is hot, which helps loosen secretions in the chest and sinuses, making them easier to expel and ultimately clearing up congestion.

Want a little extra relief?  Add a spoonful of honey to your tea to help soothe a sore throat. A squeeze of lemon to your tea can add an extra boost of vitamin C.  Or try peeling a piece of ginger root and adding to your favorite tea to help relieve stomach ache or nausea.

After your meal and drink, it is important to rest and let your body heal… please stay home, relax and catch up on your favorite tea blog!