Soothe your allergies with a popsicle!
Sniffles and sneezes are the sound of spring. Pollen triggers cells called mast cells to release histamine and the result is annoying allergies. But if you’re tired of relying on pharmaceutical quick-fixes, I have just the thing for you. Citrus fruits contain vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which act as a natural antihistamine. Add to that one of my favourite herbal teas, elderflower, and you’ve got a remedy that will help dry the sinuses and decrease inflammation.
What you’ll need
(makes four popsicles)
- Boiling water
- Juice of one lemon
- 8 tsp dried elderflower
- Manuka honey (or stevia), to taste
- Chopped fruit, to decorate
Make a tea with the elderflower and leave to steep for ten minutes, covered. Strain, and add the lemon juice and honey. Stir through.
In a popsicle mould, place the chopped fruit and pour in the tea.
Freeze, and enjoy daily to reduce symptoms of hayfever. This is also a great recipe for the kids!
Reece Carter is Australia’s leading herbal medicine expert, bringing health tips and natural beauty recipes to your screens in ‘The Garden Pharmacist’ web series. With his help, you can make an organic skin cream to wind back the clock, or brew a pot of weeds and seeds that will banish stress and send you to sleep. Underpinned by a degree in naturopathy, and years of clinical experience, Reece ‘s expertise is fun and really works – all delivered with Aussie charm and a cheeky smile!
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