Suffering from an allergy can be very irritating, or even dangerous, and the usual solution is to buy a pill or nasal spray that contains antihistamines and relieves the symptoms. Maybe you are looking for a more natural solution for the problem? Luckily, there are also herbs that contain polyphenols which act as natural antihistamines. Read this article to find out what are the best herbal teas for allergies and find a natural relief for your symptoms.
I suffer from respiratory allergies around the year. Most of the time my allergic symptoms are quite mild, but it’s still annoying to be sneezing and red-eyed. When I took an allergy test in a health center, the results said that I am a little bit allergic to everything that was tested. So I am allergic to cats, dogs, and other animals, and also to different types of pollen. According to the test, I am even allergic to dust mites. So this explains why I have allergic symptoms around the year, there is always something that triggers the allergic reaction.
Before I used to take an antihistamine pill and nasal spray every day, but sometimes I would still be sneezing and having a stuffy nose, especially in the morning. Then I started researching herbal teas and their health benefits and found out that they could be helpful with allergies. Nowadays I still have to take an antihistamine pill occasionally, but most of the time I can do fine by drinking herbal teas daily.
I wrote this article so that everyone suffering from allergies could find a natural way of relieving their symptoms. Here I have gathered the best herbal teas for allergies based on both my own experience and scientific research.
Indigenous people of South Africa have been using the rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis) as a herbal remedy for thousands of years. Rooibos is a flowering shrub, and the tea brewed from its leaves contains a high amount of polyphenol antioxidants and is naturally free of caffeine.
Rooibos has been traditionally used for treating allergies, cramps, insomnia, and various other conditions. Rooibos tea contains chrysoeriol and querceting, which are polyphenols that can help with allergies and asthma. Chryseriol acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that relieves wheezing and stuffiness. Quercetin works as a natural antihistamine and it can prevent the allergic symptoms from triggering.
I feel like drinking rooibos tea daily helps with my allergies, and it is definitely one of the best herbal teas for relieving allergic symptoms. I usually drink it before bedtime as it helps me with relaxing and having a better sleep. More research is needed to prove the effectiveness of rooibos tea in preventing allergic symptoms.
Read this article to find out what are the best rooibos tea products and how to brew it.
Next, I recommend that you watch this short video about rooibos tea and allergies:
Yerba mate tea is a traditional South American beverage that is considered very healthy and has an energizing effect due to its relatively high caffeine content. I drink yerba mate daily because it gives me more energy to exercise or to work, and provides me with many health benefits including the relieving of allergic symptoms such as a stuffy nose.
Yerba mate stimulates our adrenaline glands so that they produce more corticosteroids. Allergies are caused by the overactivated immune system and the corticosteroids can help with opening up airways and suppressing allergic reactions. Mate tea also enhances blood circulation and relieves congestion.
Planning on buying some yerba mate? Read this article to find the right product for you: Yerba Mate Tea Reviews – 5 Popular Brands
Peppermint is a cross of watermint and spearmint, and it has many proven health benefits. Peppermint tea is one of my favorite teas, and I often drink it after a meal to help with digestion, or to relax before bedtime. If you want to try making traditional Moroccan mint tea, check out this recipe. It is usually brewed with spearmint, but you can also use peppermint.
Peppermint tea is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant properties, and it has been traditionally used as a home remedy for allergies. It has a high concentration of menthol, which acts as a muscle relaxant and relieves congestion. The vapor arising from hot peppermint tea is very pleasant and breathing it helps with stuffiness.
Here is an article where I introduce my favorite mint tea brands: What is the Best Mint Tea – The Brands You Should Try
Nettle is often considered an irritable plant that is unwanted in a garden because of its stinging touch. However, it can also be useful, and nettle tea is often used as a remedy for seasonal allergies. A study from 2009 indicates that the natural antihistamines found in nettle contribute to inhibiting pro‐inflammatory pathways related to allergic rhinitis.
Fresh nettle is often easily available and you can make nettle tea by boiling it in a kettle for a few minutes. This removes its stinging qualities so you can drink the tea without a worry. In my opinion, the grassy taste of nettle tea is not very pleasant, but you can make it a lot tastier by blending it with other herbs. Why not mix it with peppermint and ginger to make an even more powerful anti-allergic tea?
Chinese have been using ginger as a medicine for thousands of years. It has often been used as a digestive aid, cough suppressant, and as a remedy for nausea. It is also effective against common cold and allergies. In addition, a cup of warm and spicy ginger tea tastes really good!
According to research, ginger tea is one of the best herbal teas for allergic symptoms. The results of this study from 2016 suggest that ginger and 6-gingerol, a major compound of ginger, can reduce the sneezing and nasal rubbing related to allergic rhinitis. Make a strong ginger tea and feel it yourself. It really is one of the best ways to naturally open up your stuffy nose and relieve allergic symptoms.
You can prepare your ginger tea from the beginning by using fresh ginger root, or you can buy a ginger tea product. If you are going to buy ginger tea, read this article first so that you can choose the best product available.
Eucalyptus is a fast-growing tree naturally occurring mostly in Australia and being cultivated all over the world. It is being used for many types of products including oils, creams, and ointments.
It contains anti-inflammatory compounds and helps with relieving congestion. Eucalyptus tea definitely has a nice and fresh aroma, and just breathing it in can help with stuffiness. This is how you can make a nice eucalyptus tea from dry or fresh eucalyptus leaves:
- Heat water to a boil in a kettle.
- Turn off the heat and add a few eucalyptus leaves or a tablespoon of crushed eucalyptus leaf. You can adjust the amount of eucalyptus depending on how strong you like your tea.
- Let it steep for about 10 minutes. You can breathe in the vapors while it’s steeping.
Licorice root tea is often used as a natural cough suppressant and expectorant. It helps with relieving the irritating cough caused by itching and irritation of the throat and getting the phlegm out of your body. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that assist with respiratory problems. In addition, I really like the sweet taste of licorice root tea!
Lemon balm is a plant that belongs to the mint family and has a lemony scent that it has been named after. It is known to have many medicinal qualities and has traditionally been used to improve mood and cognitive function. It also helps with opening up the respiratory system and that’s why it is often recommended for allergic symptoms.
Best Herbal Teas for Allergies
Allergies can be very irritating and even dangerous, and often allergic symptoms might end up ruining your day. Sometimes, after waking up, I start sneezing right away, and have an itchy and runny nose and red eyes. That really isn’t a good start for a day. The great thing is, that in addition to being tasty and providing numerous health benefits, I have found that herbal teas are a great way to relieve my allergies. I still have to occasionally take an antihistamine pill, but that’s ok, at least I don’t have to take them daily anymore.
Now that you know what are the best herbal teas for allergies, I think it’s a good idea to at least try if herbal teas could relieve your allergy. So instead of always taking an antihistamine pill, try drinking some of these herbal teas daily for at least a few weeks, and see if it helps. I really hope you can find a natural relief to your allergic symptoms from these herbal teas!
Please post a comment below and tell me what herbal teas have helped you with your allergies.