As the liver does it’s amazing job of naturally cleansing the body at this time of year (during the spring), it can set into motion a series of bodily processes that can look and feel a lot like allergies or the common cold: itchy eyes, running nose, head congestion, sneezing, coughing, and trouble breathing.
This congestive trouble is an indicator that the detoxification systems in your body may be sluggish and unable to keep up with the waste that needs to be broken down and eliminated. That, combined with the toxicity we are ALL exposed to in our environment (man-made toxins in the air, water and soil), can contribute to allergic reactions to substances that you have never been allergic to before (pollen, mold, dander, dust).
There are many ways to remedy this and other allergic reactions, and can begin with a simple cup of tea. If you, or anyone you know is suffering with sniffling, sneezing, head congestion, or simply just not feeling a spritely spring in their step, share a cup of Allergy Relief Tea with them:
- 2 tbsp. Nettle leaf
- 2 tbsp. Red clover blossoms
- 1/2 tbsp. Elder flowers
- 1 tsp. Elderberries
- 1 tsp. Licorice root
The ingredients in this tea are all dried herbs. Place all ingredients into a 24 ounce French Press or Mason jar. Cover with boiling water. Steep 25-30 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups daily for a few weeks.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.