It has been a bit quiet here on the blog with no new posts for about a month. This is all due to an operation I had last month, which has made it a bit hard for me to be in the kitchen for longer than 5 minutes. But it is time to get back in business, and back in that kitchen 😉 Especially because my freezer is starting to get more and more empty.
So for this post I have something really simple for you guys, you can hardly even call it a recipe. None the less, it is a great tea blend for anyone with histamine issues. And I find that it really calms my body’s reactions to histamine down. It soothes my stomach when it is upset and helps against sluggishness. I also feel like it helps my body calm down again, when my heart is racing. I some times get some crazy heart palpitations – not fun at all.
In general I don’t really recommend eating or drinking anything on a daily basis, due to increased risk of developing food sensitivities. Variation is key! But if there is anything I would consider eating or drinking on a daily basis, it would be this tea (or some gut healing bone broth ;)).
So what is in this Anti Histamine Tea Blend…..
- Moringa (Moringa Oleifera) – Powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties
- Holy Basil (Ocimum Tenuiflorum) – Anti histamine, and mast cell stabilising properties
- Nettle (Urtica Dioica) – Anti histamine and mast cell stabiliser
- Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – good for the digestive system and has a calming effect on the body
I mainly add the lemon balm for taste reasons, but it is a powerful herb on its own. And one of the things that it is known to be beneficial for is the digestive system, which is always a good thing :). For more info about all of these herbs, see the references below.
I bought the different dried herbs for this blend (See resources below). But you can of course also grow them yourself in your garden (provided you have a garden or a place to grow herbs), and then dry harvest and dry them for tea yourself. The only one that might be a bit tricky is the moringa, which is a tree. This year I have two of the herbs in my garden, namely lemon balm and nettle. I don’t have a lot of nettle though, because I eradicated them all two years ago. But since I learned how great they are as a herb for teas, pesto, soup etc, I don’t view them as a weed I need to get rid off anymore 😉 Next year I’m planting Holy Basil along with the other types of basil I normally plant. But my garden is too small to plant a tree in, so getting a moringa tree, has to wait until we move, if ever 😉
Now for making the blend you literary just have to mix equal parts of the four different herbs, and store them in a dark container suitable for teas. The ratio can be varied according to your individual taste. Like I said easy peasy, and barely even a recipe. I hope you will enjoy the tea as much as I do, and feel the benefits from it as well.
- Moringa (Moringa Oleifera) - dried
- Holy Basil (Ocimum Tenuiflorum) - dried
- Nettle (Urtica Dioica) - dried
- Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) - dried
- Mix equal parts of the four different herbs, the ratio can be varied according to your individual taste.
- Store them in a dark container suitable for teas.
- You need about 1 heaped teaspoon of the blend for one cup of tea, adjust the concentration to your liking. Make the tea with hot water, not boiling. Enjoy 🙂
Like I mentioned above you can grow these herbs in your garden and dry them for tea. Or you can run out and buy them like I did, the only one that might prove tricky to find in stores is the moringa oleifera leaves. In order to help you a little bit on your way, I have comprised a list of links to comparable products used in this post. Since I know that you are all sitting in different parts of the world, I have included links from the Netherlands (where I live), the UK, Australia and the US. If you live somewhere else, and need help finding a product online, please let me know and I will see if I can help you. no guarantees though, as there are also limits to my abilities, especially if it is in a language I don’t speak 😉
In all disclosure the links to amazon (US and UK) below are affiliate links, which means that if you click on to the product in question and buy it, I get a small commission. This will hopefully help me to cover some of the costs to running this blog. However, this does not cost you anything additional when you order through one of these links.
The UK/amazon.co.uk links
The dried moringa leaves I purchased from “Moringa’s Finest”, they are dutch based and have a wide selection of moringa products 🙂
The lemon balm (citroenmelisse) and the nettle (brandnetel) I bought at “ekoplaza”. If you can’t find it in the store, they have a larger selection online ;). And the Holy Basil (Tulsi) tea, I found at my local Turkish supermarket. But you can buy that at ekoplaza too.
All the herbs can be ordered at austral herbs.
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- Moringa Benefits Hormonal Balance, Digestion, Mood & More by Dr. Axe
Holy Basil! Anti-Inflammatory And Anti-Histamine Superstar by Healing Histamine
- G Sridevi, P Gopkumar, S Ashok, C Shastry. Pharmacological Basis For Antianaphylactic, Antihistaminic And Mast Cell Stabilization Activity Of Ocimum Sanctum. The Internet Journal of Pharmacology. 2008 Volume 7 Number 1.
WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants – Volume 2 (2004; 358 pages)