Monday, 19 May 2014

Nettle & Peppermint Tea for Allergy Relief


Nettle is known to be a natural antihistamine and used widely to fight allergy naturally. According to University of Maryland Medical Center:
"One preliminary human study suggested that nettle capsules helped reduce sneezing and itching in people with hay fever. Researchers think that may be due to nettle's ability to reduce the amount of histamine the body produces in response to an allergen."

Peppermint supports the upper respiratory system and helps to open up the airway. Great for decongesting that stuffy nose during an allergic rhinitis flare up. According to University of Maryland Medical Center:
"Peppermint and its main active agent, menthol, are effective decongestants. Because menthol thins mucus, it is also a good expectorant, meaning that it helps loosen phlegm and breaks up coughs."

So with this in mind, here is a simple tea that you can make at home for coping with your allergy symptoms this season. 

Here's what you need:

Directions:
  • For an 8-ounce serving, use 2 to 3 tablespoons of herbs. 
  • Pour boiling water over your herbs, cover and let it steep for about 10 minutes. 
  • Add in sweetener if necessary. 
  • Strain and drink. Easy!

You can buy these herbs in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs for cost savings. Herbs sold by Mountain Rose Herbs are certified organic and certified Kosher

For best results, drink several servings throughout the day. As with all natural supplements or herbal remedies, it is best to start consuming them ahead of the allergy season as the herbs work best as a preventative. But even if your allergies have already started, this tea can still help to bring some relief.

Note:
According to Mountain Rose Herbs, nettle leaf may lower blood pressure due to its diuretic and hypotensive actions. Please consult your doctor if you have a medical condition before using. This post is for educational purpose only.