Teas are one of the best ways to get the healing benefits of herbs. Steeping herbs in hot (boiling) water make the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants even more accessible. Herbal tea is also quick to make and tastes good even to kids. As the name suggests, herbal tea results from brewing the leaves, roots, seeds, bark from certain botanical ingredients experts called as “tisanes.” Tisanes offer known medicinal benefits and have long been used for health-boosting infusions. Herbal tea is healthy and delicious in general, but I never thought of it as a fever remedy until a trusted friend suggested it. Here’s a deeper look at the research-backed reasons why herbal tea is an effective natural remedy for fever:
1. Herbal Tea Warms and Stimulates the Body
Feeling chilled and achy is often one of the first signs of illness is approaching. We head for bed and shiver under the covers. A warming herbal tea helps in this effort by increasing body temperature and not just because it’s a hot drink. The properties of certain stimulating herbs work to increase circulation in the body. This is a good thing because it allows white blood cells to get where they need to go faster and fight infection.
2. Herbal Tea Detoxifies Through Sweating
When fever raises body temperature, the pores of the skin open to allow perspiration in an attempt to cool off and keep the temperature from getting too high. Not only does sweating help cool the body but it also detoxifies and cleanses the body in a natural way by releasing toxins. Fragrant herbs like yarrow, thyme, bee balm, and ginger support this natural healing mechanism, especially in an infusion like an herbal tea.
3. Herbal Tea Hydrates
It turns out dehydration, not fever. If hydration is important when we are healthy, it’s even more crucial when we’re sick. In fact, the most important thing to do for a child during a fever is to get fluids into them. Bone broth or even just plain water is a great choice or even this homemade drink but herbal tea offers all the additional benefits listed here as well.
4. Herbal Tea Relieves Pain and Discomfort
A warm cup of tea might smell and taste great, but it has real benefits for reducing pain as well. Other herbal teas offer relief from congestion, sinus pressure, headache, digestive upset, and other unpleasant symptoms that often accompany a fever.
5. Herbal Tea Supports Immunity
Herbs like chamomile and mint contain a wide range of nutritional benefits, including being a great source of readily absorbed calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper. As in the case of healing bone broth, the body can easily digest and soak up all the benefits of herbs prepared as a tea.
6. Herbal Tea Helps Relaxation
All the tea and supplements in the world can’t outmatch the benefits of sleep for the immune system, especially when sick with a fever. Yarrow, catnip, mint, and chamomile are all fever-reducing herbs mentioned above that also promote good sleep.