Nettle Infusion for Allergy Relief
I have been using nettles for a few years now to reduce my spring pollen allergies. Over the 18 years I have been fighting allergies, I have tried pretty much every over-the-counter medicine for allergies, with minimal symptom reduction. Using a nettle infusion was the first time I had allergy symptoms completely disappear, and it happened within minutes! Below find a recipe on how to make your own nettle infusion!
Harvesting Nettles for Allergies
If you plan on using fresh nettles in your backyard, make sure to wear gloves when clipping the bushes so you don't get stung by the needles. If you choose not to wear gloves, the stinging hairs run from the stem of the leaf to the point, and are angled towards the point of the leaf. This means that as long as your fingers are running from the stem to the point, you will avoid getting stung. However, if you move from the point of the leaf towards the stem in any way, be prepared to be itchy for awhile!
Please only take the top 4-6 leaves of the plant. These are generally the most nutritious as the plant sends nutrients towards the upper end of the stem in order to grow. This also allows the plant to continue growing after harvesting and we can practice good Leave-No-Trace (or minimal trace) practices!
- Bring 1 quart of water to a boil in a pot.
- Place 1oz dried nettles (or 3oz fresh nettles) in the boiling water. Cover the pot with a lid and take off heat.
- Leave the lid on (do not take off!) for 24 hours.
- Take off the lid and strain the herbs out.
- Keep the liquid in a glass container with a lid and store in the fridge.
- Take a shot of liquid whenever symptoms arise!
The liquid should be a dark/black color when the infusion is complete. If you need a stronger infusion, use more herbs when you make the initial infusion! If refrigerated, this infusion can last a week or two before spoiling!