Are you looking for a natural allergy medicine? Does taking prescription or over the counter allergy medication not work for you? That's where stinging nettle (Urtica Dioica) comes in. I use it for my own allergies and I consider it one of the best natural allergy remedies out there.
Stinging Nettles one of my favorite herbs to take daily because that's the best way to make sure that your allergies are under control. It's also rich in healthy nutrients.
The best way to take Stinging Nettle for a natural allergy medicine is in the form of a strong tea. This tea is brewed for longer than the normal time. Even though the tea is strong, the herb is pretty gentle. The following tips will help you in making a cup for yourself.
This article explains how to make a tea that you brew for a while. Some call them "nourishing herbal infusions". But, you don't need to take it this way to reap the benefits. I will also cover the other ways of taking nettle for allergies.
Things You'll Need
- 1 cup Dried stinging nettle leaves
- 1 qt. Mason jar with lid
- Boiling water
Other Was to Take Nettle for a Natural Allergy Medicine
Take Nettle Tincture for Allergies
You can purchase the tincture for allergies. Mix twenty drops with warm water and drink. Do this in the morning when you wake up and again at night. This is a convenient way to reap the benefits.
Brew a Cup of Nettle Tea
I explain how to make a strong tea in the next section. However, you can also just purchase the tea bag or loose tea and make it a cup at a time. Follow the instructions on the package but be sure to steep it for at least 10 minutes.
Taking Stinging Nettle Capsules
Another option is to take nettle capsules. This is the most convenient method out of all of them. Just follow the instructions on the package to determine how much to take and when to take it.
Instructions for Making Stinging Nettle Infusion
Boil water in a tea kettle or in a non-alluminum pan. Stainless steel is best.
Add the dried stinging nettle to the glass mason jar.
When water starts boiling, pour over the dried stinging nettle to the top. Secure the lid tightly.
Keep the mason jar on the countertop and let the stinging nettle steep fore 4 to 8 hours. I usually do it overnight. When the nettle is ready, it will be a dark green color.
Strain the infusion well before use--you don't want to consume the leaves.
There are several ways you can serve the stinging nettle infusion. You can pour it over ice and drink it cold, add it to fruit juice, or reheat it and sweeten with honey or drink unsweetened. There are no restrictions. My favorite ways are to pour it over ice or heat it up. I don't need to sweeten it because it is mild tasting.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure the lid is fastened tightly.
- You can refrigerate the stinging nettle infusion for 24 hours or so.
- Drink 2 to 4 cups a day until your symptoms are relived. After that you can drink a cup a day.
- Do not use the root. Only use the leaves.
- Do not take stinging nettle if you are taking medicine that prevents blood clots. Nettle leaves contain vitamin K.
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