Tea as a home remedy: Which tea is good for what?

Hardly any drink is as popular worldwide as  tea : in England it is traditionally served at four o’clock with tea biscuits, in Asia tea houses and tea ceremonies are very important and almost 50,000 tons of tea are imported to Germany every year. But tea is much more than a tasty drink – as a home remedy, it helps against all sorts of ailments: from coughs and colds to  nausea  and conjunctivitis. But not every tea is effective against everything. You can find out which tea should be drunk for which symptoms in our photo series.

Tea for a cold

In addition to sleep, one thing in particular helps when you have a cold: drink a lot. Warm drinks, such as tea, in particular, can help with a cold. Ginger tea is a real all-  rounder . Thanks to the gingerols it contains, it has an anti-inflammatory effect and stimulates blood circulation. However, pregnant women should avoid ginger tea because of its labor-inducing effect.

Alternatively, sage and thyme tea also help against the common cold. The classic chamomile tea, on the other hand, is not always recommended due to its effect. It can also dry out the mucous membranes. Especially with a dry cough, this is rather counterproductive.

Tea for heartburn

Heartburn  occurs when gastric juice is pushed up into the esophagus and sometimes into the mouth. Older people and pregnant women in particular often suffer from it.

Fennel tea or the mixture of fennel-anise-caraway tea has a calming effect on the gastrointestinal tract. The main reasons for this are the essential oils anethole and carvone. The prostaglandins contained in caraway inhibit the production of gastric acid. Fennel-anise-cumin tea helps against heartburn. It can also be drunk without hesitation during pregnancy.

Tea against cough

What is the best home remedy for coughing? The less well-known thyme tea is best. The essential oils it contains relax the bronchi and have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Thyme tea can be bought in specialist shops, but you can also easily prepare it yourself. Simply put one teaspoon of dried  thyme  or three grams of fresh thyme per cup in a tea strainer and pour hot water over it. Then cover and let the tea steep for about ten minutes.

Tea to strengthen the cardiovascular system

Green tea  contains certain plant compounds that have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. They support the function of the endothelial cells that line the inside of blood and lymphatic vessels. In addition, the plant substances it contains promote blood circulation. Green tea as a home remedy can also lower blood pressure if consumed regularly.

Tea against nausea and diarrhea

Ginger tea helps against nausea. The tuber can also relieve nausea. This effect is triggered by certain pungent substances (gingerols) and essential oils. The tea can be made from dried ginger or fresh ginger slices. About five grams of fresh ginger are used in 75 milliliters of water, which is then poured over with boiling water. But beware: It is better not to drink ginger tea during pregnancy.

If diarrhea is added to the nausea   , peppermint tea is the best remedy. The essential mint oils relax the intestines and relieve cramps.

Tea against cystitis

For  cystitis , drinking  plenty of fluids helps flush the germs out of the urinary tract. Special kidney and bladder teas are particularly suitable for this. With ingredients such as goldenrod, fennel seeds or birch leaves, they can support the healing process.

Tea for headaches

Willow bark and woodruff tea have a pain-relieving effect on headaches. The reason for this is the contained salicylic acid or the secondary plant substance coumarin, which is also responsible for the typical smell of  woodruff  .

If you collect fresh woodruff yourself in the forest, there is a risk of confusion with the (non-toxic) forest bedstraw. However, the stems of the woodruff are square, while the bedstraw has round stems. In addition, bedstraw smells unpleasant when the leaves are crushed.

Since the coumarin in woodruff is only released when it withers, you should dry the leaves before preparing them or buy already dried woodruff tea in a specialist shop. Three grams can be infused with hot water for one liter of tea. However, if consumed in excess, the coumarin contained in the tea can have a counterproductive effect and cause headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Tea for a sore throat

 Sage tea has proven itself as a home remedy for a  sore throat . The essential oils provide an antiviral and antibacterial effect. Sage also contains anti-inflammatory urolic acid.

In addition to ready-made sage tea made from dried leaves, you can also use fresh leaves for the preparation. One teaspoon of fresh sage leaves is needed per cup. Pour boiling water over this and let the mixture steep for about 10 to 15 minutes. If the tea is only lukewarm, you can also use it for gargling. Sage tea is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as it can stimulate the uterus and inhibit milk production.

Tea for stomach pain

Various types of tea can have a pain-relieving effect on gastrointestinal problems such as stomach pain. Peppermint tea has an antispasmodic effect and stimulates the flow of bile. Fennel and chamomile also have a calming effect on an over-excited stomach. Turmeric  tea is the best remedy for flatulence  and a feeling of fullness.

Tea against conjunctivitis

 Black tea or the medicinal plant eyebright are said to help against  conjunctivitis as home remedies because of their disinfecting effect. You can soak eye compresses in lukewarm or cold tea, wring them out and place them on your closed eyes.

However, the effect of eyebright has not been scientifically investigated so far, which is why this medicinal plant is rarely used in medicine today. The antibacterial and antiviral effect of black tea is due to the tannin it contains.

Tea for fever

If  you have a fever , you  should preferably drink linden blossom tea. This has a sweat-inducing and soothing effect, which is particularly helpful when fever is combined with a cough. Alternatively, elderflower tea is said to have a sweat-inducing effect.

Tea against cold sores

Black tea can help with  herpes  on the lip. The tannin contained in the tea has an antibacterial and antiviral effect. Placed on the cold sore, a compress soaked in black tea should therefore accelerate the healing of cold sores.

Tea for menstrual pain

Various tea blends are offered in pharmacies and specialty shops specifically to relieve menstrual  pain  . These often contain yarrow, chaste tree, lady’s mantle or verbena. These herbs have a calming and antispasmodic effect.


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