Although tea is a popular remedy to treat these symptoms, there are certain teas that have actual scientific support. Below, we’ll list out teas that have evidence of symptom relief.
note on usage
If you’re going to use tea to treat allergy symptoms, use a diffuser or tea pot with fresh or dried herbs. Only use tea bags if convenience is of primary importance and the bags are unbleached.
Green tea has been lauded by natural healers for a number of health benefits. These benefits include:
- improving brain function
- lowering cancer risk
- burning fat
Many of these health benefits are supported by clinical research. A 2008 study found that green tea can aid in weight reduction. Another
Benifuuki tea, or Camellia sinensis, is a cultivated variety of Japanese green tea. It contains a high amount of methylated catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which are both recognized for their anti-allergic protective effects.
Tea brewed with stinging nettle, or Urtica dioica, contains antihistamines.
Antihistamines can reduce nasal inflammation and ease pollen allergy symptoms.
Butterbur, or Petasites hybridus, is a plant found in marshy areas. It’s been used to treat many different conditions, including seasonal allergies.
- ginger with the active ingredient -gingerol
- turmeric with the active ingredient curcumin
A placebo is a fake medical treatment, or one that has no inherent therapeutic effect. A person’s condition may improve if they believe the placebo to be a real medical treatment. This is called the placebo effect.
Some people may experience a placebo effect when drinking tea. The warmth and comfort of a cup of tea can make a person feel relaxed and partially relieved of their allergy symptoms.
There are a number of teas that have been shown to have a positive effect on allergy symptoms.
If you want to try a specific kind of tea for allergy relief, speak with your doctor. They can advise you on how much tea to drink over the course of a day and how a tea might interact with your current medication.
You should only buy teas from reputable manufacturers. Follow their instructions for use.