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This delicious anti-histamine tea recipe is one of my favorite drinks to have daily. If you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or histamine-intolerance, incorporating anti-histamine ingredients is a beneficial practice to help control it. Since there is no true mast cell activation syndrome diet, it’s important to understand your triggers and incorporate anti-histamines.
Anti-Histamine Tea Recipe Tips With Purified Drinking Water
Lowering our overall histamine load (or bucket) is a critical aspect of controlling the release of this inflammatory mediator. Additionally, it is worth noting the importance of the purity of the water we drink. Inflammation needs to be looked at in a holistic manner due to many factors contributing to it’s complexity. Personally, I find that understanding the role water has played in my own healing journey is a mind-blowing realization. While it’s unlikely for unfiltered potable water to cause significant inflammation, it’s valid to note the importance of it’s purity.
With our bodies being made up of roughly 60% water, the quality of it should be a factor in healing. Without pure water, we do our bodies a disservice when attempting to alleviate one issue by potentially introducing another that’s harmful.
If I am able to benefit from one ingredient, I hope to support it with contributing ingredients of a good or equal value.
You can find out more on how I purify my water for daily consumption by clicking here.
What Exactly Is ‘Tulsi’ In This Anti-Histamine Tea Recipe?
Tulsi tea is commonly referred to as “holy basil” depending on where it is grown or consumed. It is a perennial plant that is of Indian origin which is known to be a natural anti-histamine. I came across this plant while volunteering in organic urban gardening here in South Florida.
Tulsi is made up of three main types providing three unique flavors and aromas. Rama tulsi is what is most common in South Florida with a combination of mint and basil flavors and scent. It is also the most frequently studied tulsi that I have personally come across.
Krishna tulsi and Vana tulsi are very different from each-other, as well as from Rama Tulsi. Krishna tulsi is more of a peppery flavor while vana is more closely related to a peppery basil.
While tulsi is known to be a natural anti-histamine, it is also known to help with bowel movements and toxins. The validity of these statements may not be known to the average person. However, I have found supporting data in medical journals to support my choice to consume Tulsi regularly.
What Are The Benefits Of These Other Anti-Histamine Ingredients
It is not as common to see lemongrass being written about in anti-histamine literature, however, its essential oils are commonly noted. This recipe uses dried lemongrass as it’s more shelf-stable and still helps to create a lovely flavor when combined with the other ingredients.
If choosing to use fresh lemongrass, be sure to either muddle a small amount of the stalk or slice the product into small discs. This will help to not overpower the tea.
Using Manuka honey in this recipe is beneficial for its antiviral and antimicrobial benefits. Additionally, it’s high in quercetin. Quercetin is a natural anti-histamine, being an antioxidant that helps in combatting inflammation. If eating a well-balanced diet, you can get adequate levels, however, when you have a reaction to high-histamine foods containing quercetin, it makes it more challenging.
- Monk Fruit:
Monk fruit is a natural anti-inflammatory sweetener. Technically, it is not seen as a pure sugar source. It has zero calories and is seen as beneficial for those with mast cell activation syndrome as it has been shown to reduce histamine making it an “antihistamine” ingredient. Keep in mind this is a product that cannot be purchased on its own most times. Be sure to look at the ingredients as it is often combined with erythritol or xylitol. Below are pure monk fruit options.
- Coconut Water & Salt:
Since many of us with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome have Dysautonomia, coconut water can be a great option for added electrolytes. If you use coconut water, be sure to try your tea prior to adding the monk fruit as coconut water does contain sugar.
Salt is an addition that many of us with dysautonomia need to incorporate and by adding 1/4 tsp to 8 oz of liquid the amount is easily tolerated. This equates to 1420mg of sodium on top of what is in the coconut water.
Gingers’ benefits have long been discussed as providing positive relief for numerous ailments. From an anti-histamine viewpoint, it is strongly researched in being a histamine “block” and even compared to drugs like loratadine. While the efficacy may not be fully comparable to its drug counterparts, it’s worth incorporating if it does not cause allergic reactions.
**Be sure to freeze your ginger so that it can be held for a longer period of time.**
- 1/4 cup loose tulsi (3 type blend)
- 1/2 cup loose dried lemongrass
- 1 small slice ginger Be careful how much you add!
- 1/4 cup manuka honey or drops of liquid monk fruit as needed! – see notes (regular honey is okay too!)
- 2-6 liters filtered water or coconut water (for dysautonomia version) See notes below about using coconut water!
- 1/8 tsp salt per 8 oz of water
- If using coconut water for dysautonomia electrolyte mixture, read the notes below before starting.
- Brew your filtered water and pour over your tulsi lemongrass mixture. Using a microplane, add in a small amount of ginger. Be sure not to add too much as it will be spicy. You may also slice the ginger to make it less powerful.
- Allow the mixture to steep for a few minutes, stirring if desired. Add in your honey or monk fruit , or later when consuming. Keep in mind monk fruit is extremely sweet and only a few drops should be added. Taste each time a drop is added. Stir before tasting!
- Next, strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or a tea strainer, being careful not to let any of the loose tea through.
- This tea can be consumed both hot and cold. I enjoy it both ways!
More Recipes To Enjoy
- Mocktail Passiontfruit Margarita (Great for MCAS!)
- Sorghum Breakfast Bowl
- Gluten-free & Dairy-free Biscuits
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