Herbal teas that could help alleviate common allergy symptoms:
- nettle tea
- ginger tea
- lemon peel tea
- peppermint tea
- liquorice root tea
- green tea (Benifuuki Japanese)
- turmeric tea
- yerba mate
- tulsi tea
- rooibos tea
Stinging nettle is a perennial flowering plant that used in herbal and traditional folk medicine. Nettles’ effect on the receptors and enzymes involved in allergic reactions. Studies found evidence that suggests it’s a helpful remedy for common hay fever symptoms.
How to make it: steep 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried/1 to 2 teaspoon of finely chopped nettle leaves in about 500ml 50 to 60°C for 10 minutes. The lower temperature prereserve the herb’s vitamin C content.
Ginger tea is a natural remedy for nausea, but it might also help your temperamental nose. Natural ingredients like ginger can be made into a tea to lessen allergy and sinusitis symptoms.
How to make it: Cut 4 to 6 thin slices of peeled, raw ginger (if you want it stronger, add more). Fill a pot of 400-500ml of cold water. Pop the ginger slices in the water and let it come to a gentle boil for 10 to 20 minutes (the longer you boil, the stronger and spicier the tea will be).
Sip tip: Add the juice from half a lime or lemon and some honey or agave nectar to sweeten up things. Or better still get our Empa-Tea which has all of this and more to restore you to good health.
3. Lemon peel tea
Lemons are already full of the powerhouse vitamin C and natural oils, but you can also use just the peel for a potent tea.
Peels of citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemon, lime, blood orange and orange contain high levels of antioxidant compounds.
How to make it: Carefully peel off half a lemon but be careful not to include the pith. Place the peepls into a teapot and add 2 cups of boiling water. Let it steep for about 5 minutes. You can also use dried lemon peel (but double the dosage), steeping it for the same amount of time.
Sip tip: Some folks prefer to drink this with sugar, lemon juice, and fresh mint. Our Empa-Tea saves you time and effort; all you have to do is plop some loose leaf tea/tea bags into your tea cup, steep for 3-4 minutes and you are ready to sip.
4. Peppermint tea
This tea is cooling, which makes it a go-to for sore throats. But some research on peppermint essential oil suggests that peppermint may also be helpful for stuffy noses. Peppermint tea has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
It’s also not a bad choice for freshening that sinus breath!
How to make it: Steep 2-3 sprigs of fresh peppermint or 2-3 teaspoon of dried peppermint. Place the peppermint in a teapot and pour in 400ml of hot water and let it steep for 10 – 15 minutes.
Sip Tip: Leave to cool and refrigerate to sip whenever you fancy it.
5. Liquorice root tea
Liquorice root is an herb derived from the liquorice plant. Liquorice may help reduce inflammation. It also kills off certain fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
How to make it: Absolutely crucial – a little goes a long way. Place the smallest amount into your cup and pour in 220ml of hot water and let it brew for 5 minutes.
Sip Tip: Get your hit from our Dark Romance, with cocoa shells and liquorice root.
6. Green tea (Benifuuki Japanese)
This Japanese green tea contains high levels of methylated catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), both of which are known for their anti-allergic effects. Benifuuki green tea was particularly good at reducing symptoms of allergic reaction to cedar pollen.
How to make it: a teaspoon of tea leaves in a tea pot and pour in 200ml of hot water around 60-70°C. Leave to brew for 3-4 minutes
Sip Tip: You can reuse the same leaves for another 2 steeps.
7. Turmeric tea
Turmeric is a famous anti-inflammatory herb. Curcumin, its active ingredient, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties that can help with immune function. This herbal drink may help reduce irritation and swelling triggered by allergic rhinitis.
How to make it: Add a pinch or two (tiny pinch) of ground turmeric to 400-500 ml of boiling water. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, and then strain into a cup.
Sip tip: Add a dash of black pepper to help your body better absorb all those turmeric benefits.
8. Yerba mate
Yerba mate, a South American plant with a caffeine kick, contains saponins, a natural compound with anti-inflammatory properties. It also has small amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and zinc. All these nutrients have antioxidant properties that may help boost your immune system and encourage overall better health.
How to make it: 1 teaspoon of mate leaves in your teapot, pour in 220ml of hot water and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain and sip.
9. Tulsi tea
Tulsi, aka holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb. Research suggests it has antimicrobial properties and may help protect your body from stress, helps reduce stress by blocking the release of the hormone cortisol.
The herb may also help booth your energy.
How to make it: 1 teaspoon of tulsi leaves in your teapot, pour in 220ml of hot water and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain and sip.
10. Butterbur tea
Butterbur is a plant that pops up in marshy areas and is a popular remedy for nasal symptoms. A study that looked at herbal treatments for allergic rhinitis in Turkey found that butterbur tea was as helpful as the antihistamine fexofenadine (aka Allegra) for allergy symptom relief.
How to make it: 1 teaspoon of butterbur leaves in your teapot, pour in 220ml of hot water and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain and sip
11. Rooibos tea
Rooibos herbal infusion is made from a shrub in South Africa. The herb contains loads of antioxidants, including aspalathin and quercetin.
How to make it: 1 teaspoon of rooibos in your teapot, pour in 220ml of hot water and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain and sip
Some herbal teas have science on their side when it comes to seasonal allergy relief, while some have only theoretical science to back them up for now.
It’s always a good idea to run any herbal tea by your doctor before trying it. They can advise you if your current medication or health condition could have any negative effects.