Runny Nose? Try Elderflower Tea

Runny Nose? Try Elderflower Tea

Oh how annoying a runny nose can be! Or is “sniffles” a better word? Well, by either title, it’s a nuisance. Anytime you have a runny nose, think about drinking elderflower tea.  Elderflower makes a rich, full-tasting, caffeine-free herbal tea.

If you drink this tea throughout allergy season, it will help to reduce itchy eyes and a runny nose. Elderberry eases respiratory symptoms from excess mucous, cough, throat strain or discomfort to muscle strain.

Elderflower has long been enjoyed in Europe. The U.S. is slowly starting to catch up.

Homemade Elderflower Tea Recipe for that runny nose:

3 cups water
3 tablespoons dried elder flowers

Let steep for two hours. Strain out the flowers, re-heat and drink 3 cups a day.

More About the Elder Berry

Elder Berry has been used in European folk medicine since antiquity for a host of maladies, ranging from joint discomfort and constipation to respiratory problems.

Elder berries are high in anthocyanidins, powerful purple pigment compounds that act as potent antioxidants, and includes vitamin C.

The berries anthocyanidins help ease the joints by its antioxidant activity. It also detoxifies tissues and promotes better digestion.

Elderberry flowering
Elderberry Plant Flowering

Stock up on elderflower tea for the coming winter and beat that runny nose and those sniffles!

Cleaning Can Aggravate Allergies

Cleaning Can Aggravate Allergies

Cleaning gal aggravating allergiesIt’s important for those who suffer from allergies to be aware that cleaning your house stirs up dust, hair, dander, and other powerful allergens.

Ironically, those who schedule their big cleaning of the year to coincide with the arrival of spring are leaving themselves doubly vulnerable! This is because they will increase the spread of allergens inside their house. This is the time of year when the amount of allergens outside the house is peaking.

If you have allergies and do spring cleaning, be prepared for a health drain. It WILL accompany your cleaning. The best thing to do is to avoid taking on too big a cleaning task at one time. Break your cleaning tasks into small chunks. Get your family to help out. Perhaps some loved ones would do some spring cleaning while you are out shopping?

For most people, allergies interfere with many aspects of quality of life. These aspects include:

  • getting a good night sleep (68 percent)
  • doing outdoor activities (53 percent)
  • being able to concentrate (50 percent)
  • being productive at work (43 percent)

Allergies: 6th Leading Cause of Chronic Disease

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology reports that allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the United States. Reports also state that four out of five people with allergies experience heightened symptoms when cleaning the house.

Sneezing from allergies