Allergy Relief from Rooibos Tea

Yesterday I woke up with itchy, burning eyes and sinus pressure. Unpleasant allergy symptoms that aren’t that unusual for me, and are probably familiar to many others. And without any allergy medicine in the house besides some homeopathic eye drops, I decided to research teas that are known to help with allergies. After all, tea is one thing we do have plenty of.

I came up with rooibos tea as one of a few options (green tea being another). Apparently rooibos tea has compounds called quercetins which are both antioxidants and can act as antihistamines as well, much like OTC allergy medications.  See below for two articles, one on quercetin and one on Rooibos tea and its many other benefits.  The benefits of the tea are maximized if you drink it without any added sweetener, and it is actually one of those teas that tastes quite good by itself!

As for my own symptoms, this is hardly scientific evidence but yes, they are somewhat improved.  Is it a placebo effect or is it the power of quercetin… it’s anyone’s guess.  And, as they say, your own mileage will vary.

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5 thoughts on “Allergy Relief from Rooibos Tea

  1. My understanding is the rooibos has numerous health benefits! You should do more resaerch on it, you might be pleasantly surprised! Ro example, evidently it’s good forthe skin and can be given to babies to help with colic, and is caffeine-free.

    1. Indeed! 🙂 Thank you for this comment and thank you for checking out my blog, Yoda Smith. The “red bush” tea is quite versatile in its beneficial qualities. I was merely reporting on how it related specifically to my experience with allergies, however. 🙂 More of an off-the-cuff informal post rather than a comprehensive review of rooibos. Perhaps I will do a follow-up, however, on rooibos & acne/eczema? Thanks for the suggestion! And be well. Mindfully yours, C

    1. Be very wary of anyone claiming that rooibos “cures” allergies. Instead, as I stated, it contains compounds which aid in addressing the root causes of the allergy, thereby reducing symptoms in some cases. Feel free to look up the research that has been done on rooibos and allergy, quercetin and allergy/inflammation, or rooibos in general – there is, indeed, plenty of information out there. This post speaks to one aspect of red bush tea’s many potential benefits. 🙂

      In good health, C

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