Low Histamine Iced Hibiscus Tea for those with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance
Heat intolerance is common with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance. So it is really nice to have something to cool off with when you are hot.
This is one of my favorite summer drinks. It’s really refreshing.
Have you ever noticed retaining more water in the summer? That happens a lot to me. So, I made this tea with herbs that help to reduce water retention.
This tea is also made with these histamine lowering ingredients:
- Holy Basil
- Dandelion Leaf
Let’s look at these ingredients and how they can be helpful.
Hibiscus is high in quercetin and kaempferol that can support mast cells. Be sure to use organic hibiscus flowers like this:
Holy Basil is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties that can also support mast cells. One of my favorite Holy Basil teas is from Kauai Farmacy. Their ingredients are so fresh and full of taste.
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Dandelion Leaf has been shown to help with water retention and support the liver. And research has demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties.
Fresh Ginger has been shown to have antihistamine properties, particularly for the gut. Ginger also supports mast cells.
I like to make 2 pitchers at a time. I use these glass pitchers you can pick up on Amazon.
(Don’t pour hot water into a plastic pitcher – you’ll end up with plastic particles in your tea. Plastics are hormone and immune disrupters.)
Here is the really cool extra-large tea strainer I use to make this recipe. It fits perfectly in the opening of the pitcher above.
Let’s get to the recipe!
Note: if you have significantly low blood pressure or salicylate intolerance, this may not right for you. Those with Mast Cell Activation can react to anything, so go slow if these herbs are new for you.
Low Histamine Iced Hibiscus Tea for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance
1 2-QT glass pitcher
1 Extra Large Tea Strainer
2 Tablespoons of Hibiscus flowers
2 Dandelion Leaf Tea Bags
½” Fresh Ginger, sliced
- Heat 2 quarts of water until just boiling. (If you boil it for more than a few seconds, let it cool down before pouring into glass.)
- Set the glass pitcher in the sink (in case your water was too hot).
- Place the tea bags in the pitcher and wrap the strings around the handle.
- Add hibiscus and fresh ginger to tea strainer and place in the opening of the pitcher.
- Pour hot water over the tea strainer.
- Let steep for 20 minutes.
- Remove the strainer and tea bags.
- Stir in Organic Lquid Stevia or Liquid Pure Monk Fruit Extract to taste.
- Put in the fridge to cool.
- Drink in 24-48 hours.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe!
Let me know your thoughts and any recipe ideas in the comments below!
More Low Histamine Drinks
- Pumpkin Spice Drink – low lectin, low oxalate, low FODMAP
- Elderflower Sparkling Wine Cocktail (plus Mocktail option) – low FODMAP, low lectin, low oxalate
- Lower Histamine Wine Options
References on Histamine Lowering Herbs for those with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance
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