It’s pretty common knowledge - tea is good for you. You may remember when you were young and your mom handing you a cup of tea as a remedy for when it was cold season. You could even just be jumping into the tea scene. No matter what, you know that there’s not a bad tea. There’s a whole lot more than that waiting to be unlocked in each tea bag, though.


Of course it’s delicious for any time, but when you’re feeling under the weather, certain teas are going to boost you back to health. Yet not all teas are created equal. Some are better for your stomach, some are better for your throat - whatever’s ailing you, there’s a tea for that. Most teas have multiple health benefits. For instance, you might already know green tea has been thought to help with weight loss, but it’s also great for skin care and cholesterol reduction. A lot of teas are powerhouses. So we scoured the internet for the best of the best in each category - the side effects are only going to help you.

Obviously, each person is different and not all teas are going to have the same specific results, but definitive studies have shown them to have alleviated common aches and pains of everyday life. We’ll drink to that.



Headache

Ah, the headache. It might be from not getting enough sleep the night before, stress, or that noisy next door neighbor’s band practice. Either way, headaches are not something that you want to live with. So bust out the hot water - feverfew to the rescue.

People have been treating headaches with feverfew for centuries. The leaves are consumed whole and fresh - but this is no longer recommended, as sometimes they might irritate the mouth. Now they come in capsules for more concentrated doses, but for the occasional migraine sufferer, feverfew might just get you the help you need.

Feverfew contains parthenolide, a naturally occurring substance thought to relieve spasms occurring in smooth muscles, which is typically what’s going on when you have a headache. It has also been linked to helping prevent inflammation, and stopping blood vessels from contracting in the brain. This all means that you’re going to feel a lot less pain in your brain.


Sleeplessness

When you’re tossing and turning at night, you’d probably do pretty much anything to get some shut eye. There are tons of sleep aids on the market, but a lot of them may scare you away with a long list of side effects or even ineffectiveness. Chamomile can help, without the fear of unnatural effects.

Chamomile tea has long been associated with causing sleepiness. That’s because many studies have proven that after drinking the tea, patients do indeed feel sleepy and report better a better night’s sleep. Some people think that it’s possible because your brain thinks that warm liquid makes you feel relaxed and sleepy, then you will - but the studies show it’s still worth giving a shot beyond the potential placebo effect.

The tea contains many different flavonoids, one of which is called apigenen. This flavonoid goes into the brain and binds to benzodiazepine receptors, which grab up the apigenens. This is considered to produce the calming effect and reduce locomotor activity. Brew up a cup of calming chamomile next time you need to get some rest, and see how the flowery tea works for you.


Sore Throat

We all know that sore throats are basically the worst possible symptom of having a cold. It’s hard to eat, hard to drink, and hard to enjoy your time doing anything else than being asleep. Don’t waste any time feeling this way. Go get yourself some licorice tea.

We recognize it as the sweet red or black treat that we’d get as a reward for answering in class or that grandma always kept in her drawer. But licorice root actually has a slew of medicinal properties, and not only can soothe your throat, but cure your cough, too. This sweet tea, when brewed, creates a viscous coat on the throat to start giving relief.

Licorice tea is a demulcent, which means that it forms a film over mucous membranes, similar to honey. It’s also used as an expectorant, so can help remove the pesky mucus that’s been building up and adding to the soreness in your throat. The anti-inflammatory properties help to calm inflamed throats, then create a protective covering. We’ll be reaching for a pot next time we’ve got a cold.


Fatigue

It’s 2:00 and you’re fading fast. You know you’ve got to lay off the coffee - all that cream, sugar, and caffeine is really not helping your new diet or your sleeping habits. Okay, so what do you do? Green tea might come to mind, but it’s actually yerba mate that’s going to do the trick.

You may have seen it lining the shelves of your grocery store lately - yerba mate energy drinks have been popping up left and right, and for good reason. It contains about 85 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce cup, where green tea usually contains 35-70mg and coffee contains 150mg. So you’re not delivering as much of a punch to your body’s system as with coffee, but you’re still giving it a little kickstart.

That little kickstart also tends to be much healthier, as well. Yerba mate is thought to release energy more slowly throughout the day, so your body is sustained in its boost without experiencing the crash, and without the addiction. Many claim it supports sustainable energy without the jitters.


Stomach Ache

Maybe you ate way too much at that all you can eat buffet. Maybe something at that all you can eat buffet really didn’t agree with you. You’ve sworn that you’ll never do it again, but in the meantime you need a fix for your upset stomach. Time for some peppermint tea.

Not to be used for extreme pain in the stomach - hint, it’s time to go to the doctor - peppermint still packs a lot of helping power for the average upset stomach. Peppermint can help smooth the stomach muscles that are contracting when you’re not feeling so good, causing relief. It also helps speed up the flow of bile, which in turn speeds up the process of getting food out of your stomach more quickly.

This, in turn, has been shown to get rid of stomach gas and cramping, which is a definite must for relieving pain in the stomach. In the meantime, peppermint can also clean out the liver, which would result in the lessening of pain in the future. With its antispasmodic properties, basically meaning it suppresses spasms, peppermint is a safe way to aid in the alleviation of your stomach aches.


Allergies

It’s that time of year again. The flowers are out. The birds are singing. And your eyes are watering like crazy and you can’t stop sneezing. It may sound counterintuitive in even just the name itself, but stinging nettles can help you.

So histamines are generally what cause allergies. The leaves of a stinging nettle contain low amounts of histamine. But wait, before you dismiss the idea - receptors in nettles have been shown to prevent the symptoms of hay fever due to its anti-inflammatory compounds.

Get rid of the itchy eyes, sneezing, and runny nose without having to deal with the possible side effects of over the counter medication, like drowsiness. Studies even show that if nettles are taken over time, they begin to desensitize the body to allergens. Gradually taking more and more nettles may actually mean less and less allergy symptoms.