I’ve been taking Claritin or Zyrtec for what seems like my whole life, but neither bring instant relief. Those medications feel more like a long-term “maintenance-like” relief. If I suddenly have a sinus headache, neither of those are helpful for any type of immediate relief. So, for instant relief, I drink my Sinus Relief Tea.
Fortunately, this past spring has been one of THE best allergy seasons in my adult life. Every Spring, I am usually unable to even walk outside without feeling horrible. The only time I actually spent out side was walking to and from my car because I just knew how I would feel afterwards-sinus pressure, pressure, PRESSURE! I can handle a little runny nose or sneezing, but once I get that sinus headache, I feel disabled. I usually have a sinus infection at least once per Spring.
But this year was great, and I contribute this to my “mostly” vegan diet. But that’s for another post. Because today…I had a sinus headache. I usually notice that I have a few allergy issues when I have not been too strict on my vegan diet. And in the past few days, my husband has been a bad dairy influence on me. This week I’ve had ice cream and a grilled cheese sandwich *hides shamefully*.
Anywho, by the late morning, I felt it coming. I felt that dreaded headache but I didn’t take anything because I thought it would dissipate but no…hours later I had graduated to being grumpy and irritable. It was to the point that my husband offered to take the kids outside for a while (Mommy clearly needed a break). Instead, when my husband put the baby down for a nap, I went to the kitchen to make me some “wellness” tea. I added some raw local honey, apple cider vinegar, a pinch of cayenne pepper, a little ground tumeric, coconut oil, fresh lemon juice and a chunk of peeled ginger and added hot water.
Relief! Finally! If you try it, once then you will notice that the cayenne and tumeric will sink to the bottom of your cup but don’t skip it. Swirl that last little bit of water around and just throw it back! Cayenne Pepper is awesome. It’s actually the only pepper I keep in my kitchen. It’s great for migraines and it’s anti-inflammatory properties really help with allergy relief. I say use as much as you can handle. But a pinch goes a long way. And tumeric….my beloved tumeric, oh how I love thee. Anti-Inflammatory, antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-everything bad. If something needs fixing in the body, start with tumeric, it’s just that good. The point is, drink the whole tea! You’ll feel better.
- 1 tbsp raw local honey
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp ground tumeric
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- juice of half a lemon
- 1/2-1 inch peeled chunk of ginger
- 6-8 oz hot water
- Combine all ingredients except the water in your favorite tea mug and stir until well mixed.
- Pour in the hot water and enjoy some much needed sinus relief.