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Rooibos Tea For Allergies?

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Q. While in Africa I started drinking rooibos tea every day. Now that I am back home in Houston, my usual fall allergies have not appeared. Have you heard of this before?

A. We have heard of rooibos tea (“red bush” tea) from South Africa. It has been used traditionally against pollen allergies, but there is not a lot of clinical research to support its effectiveness. One study did suggest that there is an effect on the immune system that might help relieve allergic symptoms (Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, Oct. 2001).
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I use a Kalahari red teabag daily. My stuffy nose did not respond. However it does seem to like freeze-dried stinging nettle.

I began drinking loose leaf Rooibos tea in large amounts this year and loved it. However, when my mold allergies kicked in last week, they were as bad as ever. Maybe it works for people with mild to moderate sensitivity to allergens.

After 30 yrs of seasonal allergies, sinusitis, expensive medicines, I read that a daily teaspoon of local honey might be an effective preventive measure .

Boy, was it ever! I have had only one incidence in the last 5 years, as opposed to 2 or 3 times a year. The 'LOCAL ' seems to be the key word - I live in Ga , so honey from Wisc. would not have the same kinds of pollen as would honey from this area. I take it every day of the year, it seems to work better as a preventative rather than as a treatment of an ongoing sinusitis event.

I have had a wonderful experience with drinking red bush tea. I know it is suppose to be very healthy for you, and has more antioxidants than green tea. My first introduction to this tea was at my very well- traveled Aunts' house. I noticed that for about the immediate hour after drinking the hot tea, I could move about freely, and my very painful and arthritic knee was not bothering me. The relief didn't last much longer than a few hours, but it was wonderful relief!

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