Updated: Mar 21, 2019
I have been plagued by year-round allergies almost from the same time that I moved to the Pacific Northwest 15 years ago. Since then, I have found some great herbal tea blends that have eased most of my allergy symptoms. Nettle Urtica dioica is excellent for allergies as well as mineral rich containing iron, copper, calcium, lecithin, sodium, potassium, chlorine and vitamin C.
I have used this tea four times a day when symptoms are at their worst. Drinking nettle tea can help with symptoms of sneezing, itchy eyes, and sinus congestion. The herb is also good for adrenal function according to the American College of Healthcare Sciences (2009). Nettle is also known as an amazing tonic for the body, helpful for anemia and heavy periods, and an anti-inflammatory. It is also vitamin-K rich, helpful with heavy menstruation, anemia, digestive health, allergic rhinitis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, and to control inflammation (American Botanical Council, 2018).
There is also a wonderful herbal blend that is great throughout the seasons called Nettle & Blossoms Tea available at Mountain Rose Herbs. I have found this tea to be a nutritive tonic that also tastes delicious. I buy many herbs, essential oils, and blends online here because they work with local growers, have high quality standards, are dedicated to organics, fair trade practices and are in sustainable packaging. You can buy nettle tea and allergy tea blends in your local grocery store. Traditional Medicinals makes a nettle tea that is also quite good.
Basic herbal tea preparation:
Herbal Tea preparation
1 teaspoon of dried herbs
1 cup boiling water
Pour boiling water over the herb(s), cover, and steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy! You can add additions like honey and lemon.
For my loose-leaf tea preparations, I use the Grosche tea steeper which is available from Amazon. There are many other out there that work great such as the IngenuiTEA infuser. These infusers are priced reasonably and last for years.
In Health & Wellness,
American Botanical Council. (2018). Food as medicine: Stinging nettle (urtica dioica, urticaceae). Retrieved from http://cms.herbalgram.org/heg/volume15/07July/FAM_Nettle.html?ts=1553194526&signature=85d48f190c1b176ff0f4a8421583e549
American College of Healthcare Sciences. (2009). Herbal medicine chest for busy moms. Retrieved from https://achs.edu/blog/2009/05/08/herbal-medicine-chest-busy-moms