Stinging Nettle: Natural Antihistamine to Ease Seasonal Allergies and Hay Fever

Natural Hay Fever Relief

Hay fever season is upon us, and for many, the humble stinging nettle provides quick relief. It’s amazing how nature can provide the solution just where and when we need it!

Medicinal Properties of Stinging Nettles

Natural antihistamine

Nettle comes into its own in Spring, with the nutritious and flavourful young leaves. What’s more, the antihistamine properties it has are traditionally used to relieve allergy and hay fever symptoms, from watery, sore and itchy eyes to over production of mucus and lung irritation.

Cleansing & anti-inflammatory properties

Nettle is a wonderful, cleansing, purifying herb, linked with kidney and liver function.

Furthermore, it has along history of being used to help reduce inflammation and heat in the body and relieving symptoms of arthritis.

Adrenal support

It’s also useful in helping with burnout, rundown adrenals and boosting energy.

It couldn’t be easier to source young, fresh, green nettles by foraging. What’s more, they are rich in vitamins A and C and calcium and iron.

How to Prepare Nettles

Nettle Tea

I love to drink nettle tea, and it’s wonderful how easy it is to make:

  • Simply pick a young sprig nettle leaves wearing gloves.
  • Wash the leaves.
  • Put a sprig in a mug of freshly boiled hot water and allow to infuse for 5-10 minutes. Remove the sprig and drink the tea.

Nettle Soup

Enjoy this nutritious, tasty soup while also reaping the health benefits.

Ingrediets:

  • Nettle leaves
  • Coconut oil x 1 tablespoon
  • Garli x 2 cloves
  • Leak x 1
  • Sweet potato x 1
  • Stock, either vegetable or chicken

Directions

  • Wearing gloves, fill a saucepan full of nettle leaves and wash thoroughly.
  • Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan and gently fry the garlic, leak and onion.
  • Add the chopped sweet potato.
  • Cover the ingredients with vegetable or chicken stock (home made if possible.)
  • Add Himalayan salt and black pepper, and if you like it spicy add some chili powder.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Blend with a blending stick.

There are other remedies to help with hay fever and allergies, such as nutritional supplements and homeopathics. If you would like further assistance with this, please get in touch.