Spring has sprung, and those of us with seasonal allergies are already feeling the sniffles come on! Springtime is one of the most potent allergen seasons due to high pollen content in the air and movement in the ground that stirs up mold, mildew, and other organic matter. While we could be out enjoying all the color, fragrance, and warmth that spring offers, many of us are hiding out waiting for the invisible allergy storm to pass us by. The good news is that if you’re one of the millions of people who deal with intense springtime allergic reactions, nature has a remedy!
Sting Away The Sniffles!
Stinging Nettle is by far my favorite herbal tea for combating allergies and even helping to prevent them in the first place. This dark green leafy herb is rich in a variety of nutrients – and underneath its needle-covered facade you’ll find a rich, green, earthy tea that makes an amazing sipping brew for cool spring days.
If hayfever is your main concern, stinging nettles may be your new best friend. Experience shows that sipping nettle tea 1-3 times daily can help relieve symptoms and prevent further issues. If other allergens trigger you, stinging nettle may help but you may want to use my recipe below to make sure you get lots of extra coverage.
Iced Allergy Relief Herbal Tea Recipe
Here’s my simply sweet anti-allergy herbal tea recipe. I like to make this big and ice it. These herbs do well when chilled and make a wonderful daily spring tonic!
3 part Stinging Nettle (dried and properly processed)
2 parts Lemon Balm
10 Elder Berries
Organic Orange Wedge
To treat yourself with a refreshing springtime allergy tonic, follow these simple instructions:
* Combine herbs. Add 2 heaping Tablespoons to a pint caning jar. Top of with cool water and secure the lid. Give it a few shakes and put it in the fridge.
* Soak your herbs overnight – 8-12 hours is ideal. Strain the mixture through a sieve or piece of cheesecloth.
* Add a squeeze of orange or lemon, a couple of ice cubes if you like, and enjoy!
This tea is naturally sweet, green, and light. Adding local organic honey makes it even better tasting and better at helping your immune system fight off common local allergens!