Allergy Season

Allergy season is well underway leaving many of us miserable.  Various things can cause reactions which are known as allergens.  These can include pollen, dust, mold, pet dander, food, etc.  Once allergens are detected by our body, it reacts by attacking the invaders with histamines; the end result impacts eyes, nose, throat, ears and skin.  

I remember when allergies first attacked me about 15 years ago.  I was at work complaining to my co-worker about how miserable I was; thinking that I was sick.  My eyes were half-way shut, my ears itched like mad, my throat hurt and I went through countless boxes of tissue trying to stem an endless runny nose.  

After a few days of this nonsense, my co-worker asked if I had allergies.  Allergies…moi?  I think not!  Needless to say I was wrong; I could and did have allergies.  What a wonderful relief it was to find out that I wasn’t sick.  I always thought that people were born with allergies and didn’t get them later in life or maybe I’m confusing allergies with birthmarks…

To aid with allergy relief you can combat it with natural antihistamines.  Three of the most common ones come from raw honey, stinging nettles and ginger.  For the honey to be the most effective you need to purchase it locally.  It helps in that it builds up a tolerance to the local flora and fauna of the area you live in.  In case you’re wondering, stinging nettles taste a bit on the grassy side.

Allergies Be Gone! Tea Recipe

  • 1 Teaspoon of dried ginger root
  • 1 Teaspoon of dried nettles
  • 1 Teaspoon of local, raw honey
  • 1 Cup of hot water
  • Loose leaf tea infuser

Directions

  • Bring fresh water to boil in a tea kettle or sauce pan
  • Place the herbs in the tea infuser, then in a mug and pour in the boiling water
  • Steep for about 5 minutes then remove the infuser
  • Stir in the honey to dissolve
  • Sip and enjoy up to 3 cups daily

Considering the warm weather many of us are experiencing, you can make the tea ahead of time and chill it for a refreshing beverage to beat the heat.

Remember, local honey for allergy relief.

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