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Relieve symptoms with medicinal teas
Especially with colds, many people like to use medicinal teas made from medicinal plants. In many cases, the complaints can be alleviated with the hot infusion drinks. However, correct preparation is also important. Experts explain what to look out for.
Home remedies for colds
Cold symptoms such as cough and runny nose are common in autumn. To prevent infections or alleviate symptoms, many use natural home remedies such as chicken soup or teas. Medicinal teas from medicinal plants in particular are considered beneficial. Among other things, they help against cough or sore throat. However, the beneficial effects only develop properly if the correct preparation is taken into account.
Effective components should not be lost
If you want to treat yourself with medicinal teas for mild colds or stomach grumbles, you should make sure that they are prepared correctly.
As the Federal Association of Consumer Initiative e.V. explains in a message, medicinal teas should - if no other preparation is provided - always be infused with boiling water.
Then let them steep for about ten minutes, taking care to cover the infusion so that the steam-volatile, effective components are not lost.
Not for permanent use
Unlike herbal teas, medicinal teas are herbal medicinal products and must be approved.
Depending on the type and amount of the ingredients, they are either only available in pharmacies or in drugstores, health food stores and supermarkets.
"Medicinal teas are not suitable for long-term use," warns the consumer initiative.
“Herbal teas are offered as drinks, which are offered for consumption as food. They have a significantly lower active ingredient content, ”write the experts.
There are no references to medical applications on these. In addition, a best before date is printed on the packaging. (ad)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Alfred Domke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
- Consumer Initiative e. V .: "Alleviate complaints with medicinal plant teas", 2018, (accessed August 19, 2019), Consumer Intitive e.V.