As I write this Calgary is buried in the fluffy seeds of the cottonwood trees that grow along the banks of the Bow and Elbow rivers and are released each spring after we have received a good downpour of rain. What seems like a great reproductive plan for the trees can play havoc with sufferers of seasonal allergies causing itchy eyes and runny noses. It is like a second mini-winter as the seeds fall like snow through the air and Calgarians mimic the common cold!
At this time of year I begin brewing a ginger and turmeric tea sweetened with a teaspoon of local honey.
Both ginger and curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric have been shown to be highly anti-inflammatory and so reduce those annoying allergy symptoms such as itchy or watery eyes and a sniffly running nose. Curcumin has also been shown to neutralize damaging free radicals and protect us against the ravages of ageing, to support healthy kidneys and liver and to encourage detoxification in the body by helping to eliminate contaminants such as heavy metals.
Honey, made locally in the vicinity of your home is beneficial to allergy sufferers as it exposes the body to minute amounts of pollen, collected by the bees who worked to make the honey. This minuscule exposure allows the immune system to acclimate to it’s locale and may reduce the severity of the allergic response to pollens found in the area where the honey is sourced.
This tea is made by stirring together 1 tsp of turmeric, 2 tsp of grated fresh ginger and 1 tsp of local honey into a cup of barely boiling water and has a beautiful colour and a warming bitter/sweet gingery taste. it is perfect in the winter too for colds and flu season.
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