Other than dealing with blistering, hot days during summer months, many suffer with the effects of allergies such as hay fever. To avoid the side effects of over the counter medications that suppress the symptoms and do not cure, look at natural remedies such as herbal teas for best results. Herbal teas for optimal results, should be purchased from health food stores and should be taken under the instructions of a professional doctor to ensure no interactions if other conditions are being treated. The top teas for allergy relief are Eyebright, Magnolia flower, Peppermint, Red clover, Rose hips, and Stinging nettle.
The most popular tea for hay fever and asthma relief is stinging nettle tea. Drinking a few cups per day proves effective. Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, is a perennial flowering plant high derived from Asia and Europe and now grown globally. It is high in iron and is a great choice for anemia in women. The health benefits of nettle include urinary tract support, digestive relief, and skin disorders.
Trifolium pretense is a perennial plant species called red clover that acts as antioxidant also known as an isoflavone. As a great anti-allergy tea, red clover is flavorful and refreshing. Other health benefits include suppression of PMS (premenstrual symptoms) and blood circulation. The nutrients found in red clover are numerous and include calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.
Rose hips are the fruit of a rose plant that contains 60 percent more Vitamin C than most fresh citrus fruits, Vitamins E and K. Most Vitamin C supplements contain rose hips to increase the potency. Rose hips are commonly used as an antihistamine for allergy relief. Rose hips contain nutrients such as calcium, iron, and niacin just to name a few.
The best reliefs for itchy, red, or swollen eyes during allergy season are the application of warm peppermint tea bags. Peppermint is a medicinal herb derived from a mix of watermint and spearmint. The soothing menthol aroma releases tannins, plant astringents that reduce the swelling in the eye area. Peppermint tea is an excellent remedy for nausea and a relaxing sleep aid.
Eyebright, known as Euphrasia, is a flowering plant used in the relief of hay fever, sinus infections, colds, coughs, and sore throats. Its main uses are as an astringent for the relief of the eyes but is also known to support liver and other organ functions as its properties are blood cleansing.
The Magnolia flower originated in China, Central America, and the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The extracts and oils in the bark of Magnolia flower have antihistamine properties that aid in the relief of a runny nose and sinus infections during allergy season. Magnolia oils are renowned for its uses as anxiety, depression, and stress relief.