Feel Better, Do Better…and Drink Earl Grey!

I can feel it coming on already–I am getting a cold.

I woke up this morning with a headache, bothered sinuses, fatigue…and panic.  No, not panic over getting the cold itself, as luckily they are fairly benign (a few aches and pains, a runny nose, but overall just a temporary impairment).  Rather, panic because I am getting a cold around the holiday season. I already have too much to do–work, Christmas shopping, time with family and friends, holiday parties, etc.–now I have to deal with a cold on top of that, compromising my energy and focus?? No. Way.

Most people will suggest Vitamin C and plenty of rest in combating a cold, and while those things are undoubtedly helpful, I’d like to take this opportunity to offer a lesser known but oh-so-effective tip:  drink Earl Grey tea.

It sounds silly, but Earl Grey tea is actually highly beneficial.  Ever wonder why Earl Grey smells so good?  Its essential ingredient is bergamot orange, which is proven to fight colds and flus.  It also fights depression and anxiety, as an added bonus.

Now, the trick to tapping into Earl Grey’s hidden powers is drinking it three times a day.  That may sound like a lot to some, but the amount of caffeine in one cup of tea is equal to about half a cup of coffee.  So really, if you just replace your nonfat-mocha-caramel-latte for one week with three cups of delicious Earl Grey, you’ll make out about the same (except that basic teas such as Earl Grey are infinitely cheaper than coffee beans).  And to answer that age-old question: milk or lemon; it’s simply a matter of preference.

P.S.  The links I’ve embedded go to various online stores where you can buy Earl Grey.  Now of course, the local supermarket is sufficient, as Earl Grey is pretty prevalent, but these particular links are either fairtrade or forward proceeds to charitable causes.  My thought is, make someone else feel better as you do.  It is Christmas, after all!