It’s that time of year again, allergy season. The runny nose, sneezing, dry cough, itchy eyes, and sinus congestion symptoms are back. Allergic rhinitis is an immune system defense reaction to external allergens. Allergies can be triggered due to various reasons, but symptoms are exacerbated when the body encounters an allergen — such as dust, pet dander, mold spores, or pollen.
While suffering from seasonal allergies can be a very irritating and maddening experience, some natural teas can help reduce the severity of allergic symptoms and responses. Many herbs act as natural antihistamines and can help calm an overactive immune system and minimize the intensity of common allergy symptoms. Here are some delicious teas to help you through allergy season.
Green tea is one of the most popular beverages around the world because of its many evidence-based health benefits. The antioxidants within green tea offer antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial effects that support the immune system.
Allergy sufferers will want to add green tea to their home remedy arsenal. Research has found that EGCG, a natural antioxidant compound in green tea, can block key cell receptors that cause seasonal allergy symptoms and responses. These studies show that the anti-allergenic properties in green tea can help fight a wide range of allergens, including pollen, dust, fur, and certain chemicals.
How to make it: Add one teaspoon of green tea leaves, or one tea bag, into one cup of water. Allow your green tea to steep for only two to three minutes before consuming it.
Stinging nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. While the stinging nettle plant may be a nuisance when you are outdoors, once extracted and properly ingested, it is a powerful aid in relieving hay fever symptoms such as sneezing and coughing, itchy eyes and throat, and a runny nose.
Recent research suggests that when co-administrated with other routine allergy treatments, stinging nettle helped further lessen symptoms and improve allergic reactions. It also decreased inflammation and counteracted the histamine and prostaglandin produced in the body, which are associated with allergy symptoms like itchy skin, red rashes, and a runny nose.
How to make it: You can purchase nettle leaves either loose or in tea bags. A general reference is to add two cups of water to every cup of nettle, but you can experiment with the ratio to find your taste preference. Once you find your ideal ratio, mix the leaves and water, bring it to a boil, and let your tea sit for five minutes before you consume it.
Ginger is an ancient spice that has been used in traditional Asian and Chinese Medicine for thousands of years for its range of medicinal benefits, including pain relief, anti-nausea, analgesic, and anti-inflammation healing properties.
This safe and highly effective herb can help cleanse the lymphatic system, soothe the digestive system, improve circulation, and loosen phlegm while giving the immune system an overall boost. In a recent scientific study that investigated the antiallergic effects of ginger and its extracts, they proved that ginger was effective against cytokines and acted as a mast cell stabilizer, leading to the regulation and alleviation of allergy symptoms.
How to make it: To begin, thinly peel one or two slices of fresh ginger root. Add the ginger to one cup of boiling water and allow it to steep for five to ten minutes before you consume it.
Peppermint has proven antibacterial and antiviral effects and is renowned for its ability to act as a natural decongestant. It contains rosmarinic acid, which is effective in suppressing allergic inflammatory and immunoglobulin responses.
Although peppermint tea does not have scientific evidence proving its effectiveness in improving seasonal allergy symptoms specifically, it is still one of the most effective herbs for treating congestion, asthma, and respiratory health. If you experience symptoms of breathing allergies, including nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose, peppermint tea will be an effective natural aid to use.
How to make it: Mix one handful of fresh peppermint leaves or one peppermint tea bag with two cups of boiling water. Steep the peppermint tea for five to ten minutes before you consume it.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm is a herb in the mint family that has been used as a natural remedy throughout centuries to treat a range of medical concerns affecting the central nervous system and the sleep-wake cycle, digestive tract, and liver.
Lemon balm tea has antihistamine action and is effective in treating headaches and migraines, making it a helpful aid in the relief of any sinus congestion symptoms caused by seasonal allergies. It is also a diaphoretic with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help the body suppress allergic reactions.
How to make it: Place eight to ten fresh lemon balm leaves in a pot of boiling water. Cover and steep for 15 to 20 minutes before you consume it.
Turmeric is a medicinal herb in the ginger family that has been used in India for thousands of years for its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Because of this, it is easily the one of the best teas for allergy relief.
An active component in turmeric is curcumin, a polyphenol that has many scientifically proven health benefits, including protecting the immune system against foreign invaders, regulating oxidative stress and inflammation, and increasing the antioxidant capacity of the body.
How to make it: You will need 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of honey, and one glass of water. Heat the water in a pot and add the turmeric to it. Once it is stirred and blended, pour your concoction into a mug. Mix in the honey for sweetness and drink it.
Nothing beats using natural remedies to treat symptoms like those of allergies. The anti-inflammatory and antihistaminic properties of these best teas for allergies will ease most of your symptoms without having to use stronger medicines with side effects. Drinking these teas can also serve as a complement to more traditional medication.
While we can’t prevent allergens from blossoming and appearing, we can consume natural teas to manage those irritating symptoms and improve our quality of life during allergy season. Try all of them out and let us know which you liked most and which worked for you! We hope that you’ll feel better soon.
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