Paleo Allergy Tea is made with peppermint, spearmint, red clover leaves, lemongrass, nettle leaf, and calendula in addition to some other really great antihistamine and anti-inflammatory herbs. It something that I’ve been experimenting on for the last few months to help relieve my constant and seasonal allergies. I have suffered from allergies my entire life. Not just itchy eyes, or runny nose, but swollen eyes and constant sneezing too. I have allergies to nature, animals, and dust, in addition to having skin allergies to dyes, certain fabrics or fabric softeners, perfumes, and lotions. I have to use all natural everything. If I touch a bunny, my face explodes.
I probably go through a box of tissues every 3 days. I know, that’s crazy, but it’s my life and this is how it has always been. Although lately, I’ve noticed that my allergies have gotten worse. I don’t know what from, but the thought of having to get shots of medication several times a week to try to fix it is just absurd. Let me say that it used to be worse than it is, then I went Paleo and it got better, but something in the air is making it worse again. So I started experimenting on holistic allergy remedies and I have finally come up with a solution that I AM SO HAPPY to share! Fellow allergy sufferers, sneeze no more! This article will detail not only what the ingredients are, but what they are good for. You can cherry pick if you want, but this particular combination works for me, and it tastes great! I know, it sounds crazy, but in living the Paleo life, I’ve realized that most of the time, I can fix whatever is ailing me by finding a holistic alternative. I’ll be listing each ingredient’s health benefits below, so you can get a good cross-section of why each ingredient is in this tea, but I urge you to look further into the properties of each ingredient, as I just hit some of the specifics.
Peppermint Leaf: Contains rosmarinic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory and keeps airways open (good for asthma). Peppermint also neutralizes free radicals and helps relieve nasal symptoms. Aside from allergies, peppermint is an anti-microbial and helps soothe upset stomach.
Spearmint Leaf: Helps clear congestion and nasal passages. Spearmint is an anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory (great for sore throats!), and is said to increase mental awareness.
Red Clover Leaf: Isoflavones in this plant help relieve PMS and menopausal symptoms, but will also help relieve coughing, respiratory and skin conditions (such as eczema).
Lemongrass: Alleviates certain respiratory ailments including laryngitis and sore throats and is known to reduce fever. Lemongrass inhibits bacterial growth and is an antifungal. It is also said to be an antidepressant, stress and nervous system relief, and helps skin conditions (like acne).
Nettle Leaf: Helps asthma sufferers, reduces inflammation, relieves allergic rhinitis, relieves arthritis and boosts immunity, amongst other health benefits.
Year Santa: Used to treat respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, and flu. It has been known to lower fever and can be applied to the skin to treat superficial wounds and insect bites.
Calendula: Immune-stimulant, anti-inflammatory, respiratory aid, relieves upset stomach and skin conditions (such as rashes).
Eyebright: Used for sinusitis, upper respiratory infections, and hay fever. Eyebright is an anti-inflammatory and astringent. Can also be used to treat acne and tighten skin.
Lavender: Helps calm skin, supports respiratory health by warding against respiratory infections, aids in digestion, and promotes immunity.
Stevia Leaf: Just makes it all taste good and sweet!!! No really, that’s why I put it in there, but it does have some great health benefits including preventing gingivitis, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
Chamomile: Alleviates cold and asthma symptoms and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Chamomile also has a relaxing, calming effect amongst other things including soothing the skin and relieving allergies.
We still have Angel’s sister, Dagma, and her family in town until Tuesday (also when I leave to go back up to Richmond for work), so we’re going to take a little field trip to Atlanta this weekend. They wanted to see the aquarium and see something different, so I guess that’s what we’re doing. I’m sure there will be other things to do there, but that’s the big draw I suppose. Last night, we went to see Godzilla…spoiler alert – it was bad. …unless you just want to see monsters fighting in CG for 2 hours. Yea, and Bryan Cranston…not the movie’s star, to my dismay. Be ready to be bored for most of it if you go.
Recipe: Paleo Allergy Tea
- 1 Tbsp Peppermint
- ½ cup Spearmint Leaf
- ¼ cup Red Clover
- ¼ cup Lemongrass
- ¼ cup Nettle Leaf
- ¼ cup Yerba Mate/Yerba Santa
- 1/3 cup Calendula
- ¼ cup Eyebright
- 1 ½ Tbsp Lavender
- 3 Tbsp Stevia Leaf
- ¼ cup Chamomile
- Now here’s the part to remember: for effective medication/allergy relief, you should steep the tea (1-2 tablespoons of tea for every 8 ounces of water) for about 10 minutes, covered (to keep it warm and draw out all of the good stuff). This will ensure that all of the ingredients are at full capacity. Try to drink one cup a day, that’s what has worked for me so well. I really hope it helps you too!
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
Now, I know that this sounds like a lot of ingredients, but you can find them all very cost effective on Amazon, Vitacost, or Puritan’s Pride in bulk. I whip this up and then keep it in an airtight jar at my desk at work. Done!
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