December 2, 2022

Rooibos tea: A natural antihistamine to relieve seasonal allergies


The Gourmet Café in Hamilton, Ont., is renowned for providing customers with a variety of premium teas that are as therapeutic as they are tasty and effective in treating a range of health conditions, including seasonal allergies.

Without a doubt, taking a tea break is a wellness ritual that is not only relaxing but also rich in antioxidants. In particular, red tea, a caffeine-free variety also known as “rooibos”, has been touted for its many health benefits.

In addition to protecting our bodies against cellular damage from free radicals, rooibos is rich in minerals, improves blood circulation and bone health, and is great for your skin. Sipping rooibos tea also relieves allergy symptoms and is a natural, safe and healthy alternative to synthetic antihistamines found in drugstores.

Rooibos: a natural antihistamine

Researchers believe that the antihistamine properties of rooibos tea are derived from a bioflavonoid called quercetin. Quercetin blocks the release of histamine from mast cells to reduce common symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as congestion, runny nose, and sneezing associated with hay fever and allergic rhinitis.

Revitalize with red tea

At The Coffee Gourmand, they pride themselves on distributing only premium, Red Or Organo tea. This revitalizing blend contains the finest red tea leaves, paired with their organic signature ganoderma lucidum and cordyceps militaris for additional health benefits.

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners use ganoderma lucidum to treat fatigue, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, and strengthen the immune system. Cordyceps militaris, on the other hand, is an ancient herb that helps prevent respiratory problems associated with seasonal allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds, and the flu.

How to taste rooibos

“Rooibos” translates to “red bush” in Afrikaans and comes from a native plant of the legume family found in southern Africa. Due to its slightly sweet flavor and health benefits, the traditional African drink is becoming very popular and can be enjoyed hot, frozen or with milk and sugar.