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COLD WEATHER BLUES

Submitted by on January 31, 2011 – 7:48 am

The season is changing which brings allergies and flu. Instead of running off to the medical clinic why not try your local tea shop. Teas have some great benefits that prevent allergies, colds and flu and stop the symptoms without the side effects of prescription medication.

Ginger Citrus Rooibos Tea

People start coming into our shop as soon as the weather starts turning to get this special blend. There is something about the combination of the citrus and the ginger that opens the sinuses and soothes the throat. This South African herb is helpful in treating allergies such as hay fever, eczema and allergic bronchitis. Rooibos is rich with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese and magnesium. Rooibos is naturally caffeine free, so you can drink it and go right to sleep. This tea is a four minute steep.

Ginger Tea

Ginger is wonderful for combating skin allergies and reducing symptoms such as coughs, headaches and inflammation. We suggest crushing the ginger to be used for tea. Pour hot water over the ginger and allow it to steep between 10 minutes and 15 minutes before drinking.

Rose Hip Tea

Rose hip tea is a natural allergy cure because it has anti-inflammatory properties to control the production of histamine that offers allergy suffers immediate relief from symptoms. Use fresh or dried rose hips to make your tea. Pour boiled water over the herb and allow it to steep about 4 minutes. Rose Hip is rich with vitamin C that can protect you from colds and flu.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is a natural antihistamine. It is most often used for allergies because of its ability to reduce inflammation while also relaxing the body. Drink one or two cups of chamomile tea every day to keep allergies at bay.

For informational purposes only, consult a doctor for medical advise.