Achoo! Are you dreading allergy season? Licorice root (the herb, not the candy) can help build up an immunity to allergens. Add three ounces of cut licorice root (available at health-food stores) to one quart of water. Boil it for 10 minutes in an enamel or glass pot, then strain into a bottle.

To use: Take one tablespoon before each meal, every other day, until you’ve taken the licorice root water for six days. A good time to start this regimen is just as the tree buds are becoming leaves and you know the pollen is on its way.

Caution: Do not take licorice root if you have high blood pressure or kidney problems. Talk to your doctor if this is a concern for you.

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