5 Remedies for Seasonal Allergies!

1.Nettle Tea and Peppermint Tea

The nettle leaf helps with seasonal allergies and peppermint helps reduce those stubborn histamines that may be causing you discomfort.

Directions:

Brew the nettle and peppermint tea together for about 5 minutes. Add honey and/or lemon to taste. Drink 2 times a day to relieve your allergies.

Nettle Tea

Peppermint Tea

2. Bee Pollen

Consuming bee pollen starting with small amounts and increasing the dosage everyday will help to build up your immune system. But before you try this method, make sure that you are not anaphylactic or have any allergies to bees! The trick is to make sure you consume bee pollen that is local to your area or chances are you may not experience the allergy relief. The pollen comes in granules, capsules, and powder.

Directions:

I know at this point it may be a little late, but it is recommended that you take the pollen 5 months before your allergies flare.

Start with 1 or 2 granules and the next day increase the dosage by 1 granule. Continue this until you feel confident that you will not have a reaction. If you experience no adverse reaction, you can take up to 1 tablespoon daily throughout allergy season.

Bee Pollen

3. Citrus Drink

Drinking a citrus drink can help provide you with Vitamin C and help with strengthening your immune system.

Directions:

Squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lemon and 2 oranges and chill for a few hours. Stir in some honey for sweetness and drink on a daily basis.

4. Red Onion Water

Onions contain a compound called quercetin, which reduces the amount of histamines that are produced by the body, so therefore reduces allergy symptoms.

Directions:

Thinly slice 1 red onion and add to 4 cups of water. Let it sit for 8-12 hours and drink 1-2 times a day. Add a bit of honey to each glass that you drink to make the taste more pleasant.

5. Apple and Walnut Trail Mix

Walnuts contain magnesium which reduces with wheezing and coughing and Vitamin E which can boost your immunity. Apples also consist of quercetin which has the property of reducing the production of histamine.

Directions:

Chop 1/2 to 1 cup of walnuts and cut 1 apple into medium to small chunks. Add both to a plastic bag, mix it up, and enjoy!

Hope this helps you during this allergy season!

Sources: Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Is Your Life in “Mint” Condition?

Ever since I went to this diner for breakfast with my husband in the Bronx (forgot the name) and I decided to order peppermint tea, I’ve been drinking it on the regular ever since!

I’ve been loving the  Tazo Refresh Mint Tea! It has a nice smooth Peppermint taste that is not overpowering and very enjoyable! I usually add a spoonful of honey for a little sweetness!  It taste so good! Yum!

Anyhoo, here are 9 Benefits of Peppermint Tea!

1. Fever Reducer

Since menthol is the main component of Peppermint tea, you may sweat a little externally while being cooled down internally by the menthol. This is said to “break” the fever and reduce inflammation and discomfort.

2. Good for Digestion

PT (Peppermint tea) is considered a carminative, which means that it helps to move gas through the body as it accumulates. PT also stimulates bile flow to promote healthy bowel movements. 

3. and 4.  Nausea and Vomiting

PT is an antispasmodic so it reduces the chances of vomiting and nausea. It also reduces stomachaches and queasiness if you are experiencing motion sickness.

5. Respiratory Issues

Since PT is an antispasmodic, it also helps with that sensation that makes you want to cough. It relaxes the muscles of the throats and chest. 

6. Immune System

PT has antibacterial properties which helps reduce the chances of getting sick. 

7. Bad Breath

The antibacterial elements helps kill germs that lead to bad breath and the menthol will leave your breath smelling real nice! 

8. Weight Loss

The smell of peppermint can help eliminate your appetite and reduce overeating. 

9. Stress Levels

The menthol does a good job at relieving mental stress. The anti inflammatory element can lower blood pressure and body temperature which allows you to relax!

CAUTION: 

Despite the benefits of Peppermint Tea, there may be some side effects. Menthol could possibly cause heartburn or may be an allergen for some people. The reactions, if any, are said to be mild, but double check with your doctor about any allergies you may have before consuming. 

Happy Tea Sipping! =)



Source: Benefits of Peppermint Tea

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