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What tea is good for sore throat?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

You’ve likely experienced the discomfort of a sore throat before. It’s that scratchy, painful feeling when swallowing, often accompanying a cold or allergies. While not usually serious, it can disrupt your day and make simple tasks like eating or speaking a challenge. 

Sore throats are incredibly common, especially during cold and flu season. They’re typically a symptom of an underlying issue like a viral infection or environmental factors like dry air. While they’re usually temporary and mild, severe or persistent sore throats might need medical attention.

Tea has long been a go-to remedy for soothing sore throats. Why? Because it works. The warmth of tea can ease throat pain, while certain types contain compounds that fight inflammation and infection. Plus, staying hydrated with tea can help thin mucus and provide relief from congestion.

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What kind of tea is good for sore throat?

When it comes to choosing the right tea to soothe a sore throat, not all varieties are created equal – yes, that means your cup of English Breakfast probably isn’t doing the trick.

Some teas offer specific benefits that make them particularly effective at alleviating throat discomfort and promoting healing.

Here are some of the best teas for soothing sore throats and why they work:

Herbal teas

Herbal teas are often the top choice for relieving sore throats due to their natural healing properties. Peppermint tea, for example, contains menthol, which can help numb throat pain and reduce inflammation. Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties and is known for its calming effect, making it an excellent choice for soothing irritated throats. Ginger tea is another popular option, as ginger has antibacterial properties and can help alleviate pain and inflammation.

Green tea

Green tea is packed with antioxidants called catechins, which have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. These antioxidants can help reduce inflammation in the throat and boost the immune system’s ability to fight off infections. Additionally, green tea contains a small amount of caffeine, which can provide a gentle energy boost without dehydrating the body.

Liquorice root tea

Liquorice root tea is made from the root of the licorice plant and is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains compounds called flavonoids, which have been shown to help reduce throat irritation and promote healing. Liquorice root tea has a naturally sweet flavour and can be particularly beneficial for soothing dry, scratchy throats.

Lemon and honey tea

A classic home remedy for sore throats, lemon and honey tea combines the soothing properties of both ingredients. Lemon contains vitamin C, which can help boost the immune system, while honey has antibacterial properties and can help coat and soothe the throat. Together, they create a soothing and comforting beverage that can provide relief from sore throat symptoms.

Frequently asked questions about sore throat

What teas work best for relieving a sore throat?

Best teas for relieving a sore throat include peppermint, chamomile, and ginger tea. These herbal blends soothe irritation and reduce inflammation.

How does peppermint tea help ease sore throat pain?

Peppermint tea contains menthol, which acts as a natural analgesic to numb throat pain, and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling and irritation.

How does green tea help sore throat?

Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins, which have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce throat inflammation and boost the immune system’s ability to fight off infections.

A woman holds her sore throat while holding a cup of green tea in the other hand

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