Ahhhh the blooms and trees beginning to bud, and the grass popping up through the snow….it can all be such a thing of beauty. It can also be a time for allergy sufferers to struggle!
There are so many ways we can tackle the sniffles and headaches that come with seasonal allergies…the natural way. The best way is to begin is by detoxing the body. If the body isn’t burdened by extra toxins it has more energy to cope with the things nature throws its way like pollen and other allergens.
Today’s tasty green drink is loaded with so many of our favorite allergy remedies. First, we partnered with the The Tea Spot to come up with our Restore tea. This tea is all about nourishing your body and detoxification. One important ingredient in this blend, and in turn this smoothie, is nettles. Nettles reduce our body’s inflammatory response, which is very important for detox.
Three other notable ingredients in this recipe are apple, bee pollen, and lemon. All containing quercetin, which is a type of flavonoid found in plants that is known for its potent antioxidant activity. It can help tackle symptoms like sneezing and sinus congestion due to hay fever, since it has the ability to stabilize cells, which release histamine and other inflammatory signals.
One ripe apple can contain around 50 mg of quercetin!
Bee pollen is most effective when obtained from local bee farms. So the next time you’re at your local health food store be sure to see where the pollen comes from or go direct to your local bee keeper.
Drink up and get outside! Enjoy all the new life blossoming around you this spring – Sniffle free!
Allergy Busting Green Smoothie
Yield: 1 quart
- 1 cup Conscious Cleanse Restore tea, brewed and cooled
- 1 small granny smith apple, skin on, cored
- 1 ½ tsp. bee pollen
- 1 whole lemon, peeled, seeds removed
- 1 cup parsley
- 2 cups spinach or baby kale
- 1” knob fresh ginger, peeled
To brew the tea steep 1 tsp. of tea in 8 ounces of boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes. In a high speed blender combine Restore tea, apple, bee pollen, lemon, parsley, spinach or kale, and ginger. Blend until smooth. Enjoy.