allergy teas

Tea for Allergies

Tea for Children, Tea for Skin, Tea for Women

Allergies are conditions caused by hypersensitivity in the immune system to environmental factors. The damage done to the body by allergies ranges for soft to acute, depending on the gravity of the symptoms. Mild inconveniences like itchy skin, a runny nose or sneezing can be treated with traditional medication, such a tea for allergies. Severe reactions produced by allergies, such as swelling or loss of consciousness need immediate professional medical attention.

Allergic child sneezing
Allergic child sneezing

The most common allergens are pollen and food. Medications, food and insect stings are the most common cause of severe, life threatening allergic reactions. The diagnosis to weather is person is allergic to a substance is typically based on their medical history, with further tests being conducted for more uncommon substances such as medication (antibiotics in particular). More detailed tests for allergies are conducted on the skin (skin prick test) or through extracting and analyzing blood samples. A positive test result does not necessarily mean that the allergy is acute, but that it is present and future precautions need to be taken.

Treatment for this affection depend on the severity of it. For mild cases, early exposure, avoiding known allergens and tea treatments are enough to keep them in check. For severe reactions, steroids, antihistamines and injectable adrenaline are recommended.

The following tea for allergies recipes can help ease the symptoms caused by seasonal allergies. They can be consumed individually or can all be mixed together for one broad spectrum allergy blend:

Rooibos tea

Rooibos tea
Rooibos tea

Made from South African red bush, rooibos is also known as red tea. It is caffeine-free and is great for people who are trying to limit their day-to-day caffeine intake. This tea contains the bioflavonoids rutin and quercetin. These compounds block histamine release  of these compounds block the release of histamine (the chemical produced by the human body in response to allergens). This tea also contains aspalathin and nothofagin, chimical compounds with great anti-inflammatory properties perfectly suited for treating conditions like rosacea or acne.

Use 1.5 or 2 teaspoons of dried rooibos leaves per 250 ml (a cup) of boiling water. Boil for 5 minutes, leave to cool for another 5 minutes, strain the leaves and drink the tea once a day. Honey can be added for its throat soothing ability.

Mint tea

Mint tea
Mint tea

This herb has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any natural, unprocessed food. The agent responsible for this is rosmarinic acid, and is effective at treating allergies. Mint is also used in the treatment of the common cold, the menthol present in this herb can help sooth a sore throat when used in a tea, and acts as a natural decongestant.

Use 1.5 or 2 teaspoons of dried or fresh mint or peppermint leaves per 250 ml (a cup) of boiling water. Boil for 5 minutes, leave to cool for another 5 minutes, strain the leaves and drink the tea once a day. Honey can be added for its throat soothing ability.

 

Read more recipes for tea against allergies in the second part of this article

 

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