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Does Hot Green Tea With Lemon & Honey Help With General Malaise?

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Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.
Does Hot Green Tea With Lemon & Honey Help With General Malaise?
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General malaise isn't an illness; rather, it is a feeling of having a lack of energy or a sense of feeling unwell, according to Medline Plus. Remedies for malaise vary from changing medications to exercising. Green tea with lemon and honey may help to reduce the feelings of malaise, but they will not fix the underlying cause. Consult your physician before you treat your feeling of malaise with green tea, lemon, honey or any other food or dietary supplement.

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Malaise can be a symptom of many kinds of illnesses, from depression to bronchitis or even AIDS. As a result, physicians usually can't diagnose an illness based on a feeling of malaise alone. However, because malaise may indicate a serious condition, it is important to notify your physician if you are experiencing malaise, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as a fever or coughing. The only way to cure malaise is to treat the condition that is causing it.

Green Tea

Green tea has many health benefits, and it may help to relieve malaise. Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine, which may help fight feelings of fatigue. In addition, green tea contains antioxidants called flavonoids, including catechins, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate and epigallocatechin gallate. The antioxidants in green tea help fight cancer and cell damage, according to a 2005 study in "The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine." While there have been no studies to prove that antioxidants help relieve malaise, they may improve overall health.


Squeezing lemon juice in your green tea may add health benefits along with flavor. Just 1 fluid ounce of lemon juice contains 24 percent of the daily value for vitamin C. You need vitamin C for healthy brain function, and consuming vitamin C can help reduce the duration of symptoms when you have a cold, reducing malaise. In addition, lemons contain a phytochemical called limonene, which may fight cancer, according to Michael T. Murray et al., authors of "The Condensed Encyclopedia of Healing Foods."


Honey adds a sweet flavor to the tea and helps to soothe the sore throat that accompanies many illnesses, according to Dr. Rajeev Sharma, author of "Improve Your Health with Honey." Honey may also help to temporarily combat the feeling of malaise by giving you quick energy from its carbohydrates. Dark honey, such as honey made from buckwheat, contains flavonoids that may protect against atherosclerosis and cancer, though more research is needed to learn how well it works. However, 1 tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, so limit your intake to avoid consuming too many calories.

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