It’s that frightful time of the year again when your nose won’t stop running, your eyes are itchy and watery and the headaches won’t go away. Yes spring is in the air and it’s supposed to be the most beautiful and creative season of the year for you and your loved ones but if you are one of the 50 million Americans and others worldwide who suffer from seasonal allergies, spring can be a living hell for you. If conventional medicine doesn’t work for you any more or you are simply trying to find a more natural approach to your problem, you will be happy to know that herbal tea can help relieve the painful symptoms of allergies!
So here are the three kinds of herbal tea that promise you a better allergy-free spring!
1. Rooibos tea
Rooibos tea or red bush tea, is a naturally caffeine-free, herbal tea produced from the leaves of the rooibos plant, native to South Africa. Rooibos tea has been used for hundreds of years in South Africa as a natural remedy for a number of health conditions and today is getting more and more popular all over the world for its robust flavor and number of health benefits. But how it can help with allergies? Rooibos tea is rich in two powerful flavonoids that block the release of histamine which is a chemical substance your body produces in response to allergens such as pollens. These flavonoids are called rutin and quercetin. Consuming Rooibos tea during allergy season and as well as throughout the whole year can prevent and relieve allergies. In addition to drinking it you could rub the tea infusion on irritated, itchy skin.
2. Ginger tea
Ginger is an essential ingredient in Chinese cuisine and is an excellent source of vitamins but who knew it also has anti-allergy benefits? Ginger root tea is a natural antihistamine which means it can ease allergy problems centered in your sinuses. Aside from that, it is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking a few cups of ginger tea may reduce that achy feeling or digestive problems you can often get when you are being attacked from allergies.
3. Yerba Mate tea
This is a kind of tea derived from the Yerba Mate plant which is native to South American countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and is considered a national drink to some of these counties. It has a load of health benefits and allergy sufferers would be relieved to know that it can be beneficial for them too! Drinking Yerba Mate tea has the ability to stimulate your adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. As a result to that your immune system stops overacting when confronting allergens, inflammation is reduced, and your respiratory passages open allowing more oxygen to flow. Yerba mate tea is rich in polyphenols and other vitamins making it a very healthy beverage for you but it also contains caffeine so it may not be suitable for you if you are sensitive to it.
So this allergy season you might want to think twice before running to the drugstore because the solution can be delivered by simply a nice cup of tea!
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