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Anti-Allergy Tea

A tonic to help prevent or ease symptoms of hay fever and other allergies.

Photography: Sang An

Source: Body+Soul, April/May 2005


  • 5 oz. nettle
  • 2 oz. mullein
  • 1 oz. ginger
  • 1 oz. licorice
  • 1 oz. peppermint
  • Pinch of cayenne for warmth and flavor (optional)


  1. To make blend: Combine dried herbs; mix well. Store in tightly sealed glass jar. (Dried blend will keep for up to a year.)

  2. To make 1 quart tea: Pour 1 quart boiling water over 8 teaspoons blend in teapot or mason jar. Cover and steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain and discard herbs. Sweeten with honey if desired. Drink 3 to 4 cups daily.

Cook's Notes

Buying Dried Herbs: High-quality dried herbs are just as potent as fresh herbs, and are generally available in bulk at natural-foods stores and in specialty herb stores.

This recipe calls for dried herbs (not powdered dried herbs), and requires these basic tools of the trade: a kitchen scale; a fine mesh strainer; large glass jars with an airtight seal; a teapot with lid, or mason jar.

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