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Best Herbal Teas for Allergies and Allergy Relief

Updated on July 31, 2016
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Alison writes on HubPages and is a freelance writer on health, nutrition, skincare and pets, especially cats and dogs.


There are effective over the counter medications as well as prescription remedies for allergies but you might be surprised to find that many herbal teas are effective for helping with allergy symptoms and providing allergy relief.

They have anti-inflammatory properties and some work as natural antihistamines, damping down our immune system's response to the allergens that cause us such misery.

Sore itchy eyes, streaming eyes and nose, sore throat, sinus pain and constant sneezing are bad enough when you have a cold that just lasts a few days - but when the symptoms last a whole season in the case of hay fever, or strike suddenly in the case of pet hair and other similar allergies, it is time to take action!

A nice herbal cuppa helps you to stay hydrated and there are many other health benefits such as trace elements and vital antioxidants as well.

How To Prepare Herbal Tea

You can choose to prepare your own tea from fresh or dried herbs or buy ready to use packs of loose tea or tea bags.

You could just put a teabag in a mug and pour over boiled water or you could choose to use a tea infuser, either for use in a single cup or in a teapot with a 'built in' infuser.


Video Tutorials For Making Herbal Tea

The following videos have helpful advice on making tea with loose herbs and making an herbal tea infusion.

How To Make Herbal Tea With Loose Leaves

An Infuser Teapot

In my opinion, an infuser teapot makes the best herbal tea as the leaves can swirl freely in the hot water.

Teabags are the easiest and most convenient way to buy ready made herbal tea mixes but if you prefer not to use them, you can simply snip off the corner and empty the tea inside into your infuser.

I think this is a good compromise between making tea with loose leaves and the convenience of bags - plus, if you cannot get tea in unbleached bags, this is another consideration.

When making more than one cup of herbal tea an Infuser Teapot is a really useful piece of kitchen equipment. The link provided will take you to the Amazon product page where you can view a whole range of infuser teapots like the one I use (see picture below)


How To Make a Herbal Tea Infusion

My Top 6 Herbal Teas for Allergies

Here is my list of teas that can help with allergies.


One of the best natural antihistamines, Ginger has great anti-inflammatory benefits as well. These properties make it a great choice for those suffering from the misery of hay fever and sinus inflammation although it is probably better known as a natural remedy for upset tummies and seasickness!

Lemon Balm:

Lemon Balm, as its name suggests has a citrus aroma and calming, soothing properties. For any allergy causing respiratory problems, it s a good choice although it has many other benefits including relieving headaches, lowering blood pressure and settling an upset tummy.


This is a great herbal tea for those suffering from hayfever as it is very good for all the usual symptoms of runny nose and sneezing and relieving those sore, itching and watering eyes too.


Peppermint can help to ease the congestion of the sinuses and nose that often come with allergic rhinitis. In addition, peppermint's anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial action can help to prevent a secondary infection that can be a problem if blood vessels get damaged after repeated nose blowing. For these reasons, it is often used in combination with nettle (above).


This South African tea is naturally caffeine free and has a natural sweetness that makes it a very good first introduction to herbal tea drinking as some teas can be quite bitter and something of an acquired taste.

As a tea for allergies, Rooibos works by inhibiting histamine production in the body. The ingredients in the tea responsible for this effect are the bioflavinoids quercetin and rutin. The good news is that you can also use cooled Rooibos tea directly on your skin if you have an insect bite or sting or skin irritation.

Yerba Mate:

This South American herb does contain caffeine so probably not a good choice of bedtime drink. But, as an effective allergy tea, it damps down the body's immune system response to allergens and reduces inflammation. It also helps with sinus congestion and colds because it helps to open the respiratory passages.

Any of the individual ingredients mentioned above, can be used alone or in combination with other herbs for effective relief of symptoms.

Some Sensible Precautions

As with all herbal remedies, not all ingredients are suitable for everyone.

If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or taking any prescription medications, please consult a Health Care Professional before trying any of these herbal teas or the homemade allergy tea recipe.

If you have purchased ready-made herbal tea bags or loose leaf tea, consult the packaging for any contraindications before you use the tea.

The homemade allergy tea recipe below can be enjoyed hot or as an iced tea - refreshing on a hot day.
The homemade allergy tea recipe below can be enjoyed hot or as an iced tea - refreshing on a hot day. | Source

Home Remedy Allergy Tea Recipe

If you would like to try making your own blend of allergy tea to help relieve allergic rhinitis, this blend is cool and minty with a nice, refreshing, citrus flavor.

Mix together a quantity of equal parts of the following dried herbs and store in a cool, dark, airtight container:

Fennel Seeds, Lavender (flowers), Lemongrass, Nettle, Peppermint and/or Spearmint, Red Clover,

When ready to make your tea use two teaspoons of the mixture per person if making a pot of tea or put two teaspoons into a tea ball infuser and place in a mug.

Pour over boiling water and leave to infuse for ten minutes or so before serving. Pour the tea through a tea strainer if you have made the tea in a teapot or simply lift out the tea ball from your cup or mug.

This tea is best drunk without milk or cream but can be sweetened if necessary with a little stevia or honey. It can be enjoyed hot or cold and will keep fresh for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Allergic To Herbal Tea?

Whilst the teas mentioned above are safe and effective, as with all things, there is always going to be someone who has an adverse reaction to some herbal teas.

One of the chief culprits is Chamomile tea and if you suffer from hay fever, although this tea is usually a very calming and soothing one, it might be one to avoid as it is a close relative of ragweed, the pollen of which is responsible for causing hay fever in many individuals.

Buying ready-made herbal teas, either loose or as tea bags will be helpful as the ingredients list will give you a warning of any likely allergic reactions and any contraindications such as medication interactions, etc.

What Do You Think

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All-Year-Round Protection

Many people take herbal tea all year long rather than waiting for the symptoms to strike, either with the start of allergy season or exposure to allergens such as pet hair or dander.

Using these teas as a preventative can have other health benefits as well because of the vitamins, trace elements and antioxidants they contain.

© 2014 Alison Graham


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      VerityPrice 15 months ago from UK

      I get really bad allergies and have to take up to 4 pills daily, maybe I can bring down that number a little with some ginger tea! I would also love to add that for anyone here who has a uterus, chamomile tea is really good for easing cramps ;)

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      Alison Graham 23 months ago from UK

      Hope it helps him as much as it helped me, would be great to hear.

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      I'll pass it along to him this weekend. Thanks for that tip.

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      Alison Graham 23 months ago from UK

      Hi Kristen, perhaps your brother could double-up on the beneficial properties of the herbal tea by sweetening it with local honey. It must be local to the area where he lives because it will contain the pollens that are causing his problems. It really does work as I have used it myself here in Somerset UK!

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      Kristen Howe 24 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub Allison on herbal teas for allergies. This might do the trick for my brother's seasonal allergies. Voted up for useful!

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      Alison Graham 2 years ago from UK

      Thank you for the encouragement and the vote up prasetio30. I appreciate it. I did put a lot of research time into this hub on the benefits of herbal tea so I am delighted that people are reading, enjoying and finding the information useful.

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      prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love tea and you have valuable information here. I learn much from this hub. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!

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      Alison Graham 2 years ago from UK

      Thanks Maggie.L for your comment, sorry to hear about your daughter's rhinitis, it is well worth looking into alternatives, I think.

      Me too CyberShelley - Rooibos is delicious with a little honey.

      Thanks OLDNAVY for your encouraging comment, much appreciated.

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      Shelley Watson 2 years ago

      I am lucky enough not to have allergies, but I enjoy Rooibos and green tea. Thank you for this informative hub. Up, interesting and useful

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      Maggie.L 2 years ago from UK

      My teenage daughter suffers from allergic rhinitis and I've been thinking of finding alternatives to the medication she's taking. Thanks for sharing this info. I'll definitely give your recipe a try. Voted up and useful.

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      OLDNAVY 2 years ago

      Thanks for the Home Remedy Allergy Tea Recipe- I could use something for my allergies. Also, very good article and very informative.

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      Alison Graham 2 years ago from UK

      Thanks so much for the vote up and the pin FlourishAnyway, I appreciate the encouragement. I really hope the information here will help others, I am very much in favor of natural remedies wherever possible.

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      Alison Graham 2 years ago from UK

      Thanks so much for your comment Thelma - with me it is tree and grass pollen, dust and cat hair!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Oh, yes, it's that time again! Voted up and pinning this necessary hub in hopes it will help many. Well done!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      I love drinking ginger tea and other herbal teas. I did not know that these teas are good against allergy. I suffered from dust, molds and mites allergies. Thanks for the heads up.

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