Nettle tea - a delicious way to aid spring allergies

I love spring but I know that for many people, the first flowers and tree blossoms signal the start of allergic rhinitis.  The symptoms of this are itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose.  For other people these symptoms occur when the grass pollens arrive usually towards the end of May.  The good news is that nettle tea, available from supermarkets and health food stores, is effective in relieving the symptoms of allergic rhinitis without any of the side effects associated with antihistamines.  It is thought to be effective by reducing the production of prostaglandins, the body's inflammatory chemicals.

Other teas may help too.  For instance green tea has antioxidant properties and helps reduce swelling and inflammation in the nasal passages.  Peppermint tea is antibacterial.  It can also help reduce inflammation and congestion.

Time to put the kettle on!!

Enjoy a healthy spring
Janet x 

Note - even though nettle, green tea and peppermint tea are safe when taken in moderation, always consult your doctor if you are on medication or if you are pregnant.
The article refers to mild allergies. If you suffer from more severe allergies resulting in asthma attacks, hives, etc please consult your doctor.
Personally I would not recommend making your own tea from nettles.

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