Springtime has arrived along with many changes. The changing of the seasons leaves many people looking for relief from itchy watery eyes, sinus headaches, and nasal congestion. As the weather changes pollen and dust mites are dispersed into the air making days much harder for those with allergies. The first line of defense people often take is going to pharmacies for over the counter medication. Although this can be effective, what if i told you an at home remedy could do the same?
One of the most common home remedies dating back centuries is herbal tea. Herbs have been turned into teas creating easy natural remedies to treat a variety of problems from low blood pressure to allergies. When shopping for a tea pay close attention to the ingredients. I have created a list of key ingredients that will bring you allergy relief in a variety of different ways.
Peppermint is commonly used to treat dust allergies and asthma. Leaves of peppermint naturally contain menthol oil which acts as a natural decongestant making it a widely used home remedy. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties making it it ideal to aid allergy symptoms. If you find yourself needing immediate relief from constant stuffy noses and sneezing, drink a glass of peppermint tea to clear your sinuses right up.
2. Licorice root
Licorice root (the herb, not the candy) is known as a natural cough suppressant and expectorant. It contains the compounds glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid which are responsible for its therapeutic anti-inflammatory activity. It moves mucus from the respiratory tract keeping your airways clear. If you suffer from post nasal drip and chest congestion, drink a cup of licorice root tea to loosen your mucus and breathe clearer than before.Try our peppermint herbal blend containing licorice, peppermint, lemongrass, lemon balm, rose petals, and stevia leaves creating a delicious home allergy remedy.
3. Green tea leaves
This tea is known as the superhero of teas due to its high level of antioxidants. Green tea contains an antioxidant called EGCG which aids in reducing allergies to pollen and dust. The green pigment is created by a plant compound called quercetin that provides anti-inflammatory protection against allergens. Aside from allergens, drinking green tea is a great way to neutralize free radicals in your body. Try our Matcha Sencha (Japanese green tea) infusion tea to relieve your symptoms while boosting your energy.
Nettle is a perennial plant that has been used for medicinal purposes for ages. The bioactive components of nettle prevent inflammatory responses. By preventing these responses it can lessen your allergy symptoms.This natural allergy reliever has a mild grassy taste, but mixed with other herbs it is one of the most widely used home remedies.
5. Lemon balm
The herb lemon balm is part of the mint family giving off a fresh clean lemon aroma. It’s calming and relaxing properties help soothe headaches, colds, and respiratory symptoms. This herb also has been found to reduce anxiety and stress and alleviates bloating. With an array of benefits lemon balm adds value to any product or tea creation.
Berries also naturally have quercetin. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that stabilizes mast cells to stop them from releasing histamine. By inhibiting histamine from releasing it prevents allergy symptoms like sneezing and itchy eyes. They are loaded with antioxidants such as anthocyanins offering anti-inflammatory benefits. Our berry lime fruit tea is loaded with raspberries and strawberries making a perfect sweet allergy relief tea.
Ginger is commonly known for being used in traditional and alternative medicine. It has a vast array of healing properties while adding spice to dishes and tea. Ginger is an antispasmodic herb which is used to treat an array of inflammatory conditions.
Mullein is a flower plant native to Europe, Africa, and Asia that is widely used in medicine. This plant is used to treat a variety respiratory conditions ranging from asthma to bronchitis. By reducing inflammation it stops your airway from swelling which results in symptoms like coughing. The hairs on this plant may irritate your throat so be sure to thoroughly strain your tea to avoid this.
Everyone’s allergies are different. Everyone’s bodies are different. There is a unique allergy remedy out there for everyone. If one recipe or tea doesn’t work keep looking and keep trying. It may take some time to find what works best for you. Stay hydrated, load up on antioxidants, and relieve yourself with a delicious cup of herbal tea. Whether you want minty, grassy, or citrus there is an allergy relieving tea out there for you. Give these a try and let us know which ones work best for you.