Aww, Spring is in the air. Along with all of the pollen that makes my eyes watery and itchy. And if sneezing my brains out isn’t enough it feels like my brain is going to pop out through my eyes sockets from all the built up pressure!
I used to just suffer through because I didn’t want to take any kind of allergy medicine. The top 3 brands contain “natural” flavors, red #40, aspartame, parabens, SLS, and other ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce.
Not to mention all the side affects that can occur if you take these allergy medicines…
- Dry Mouth
- Muscle or Back Pain
- Menstrual Cramps
- Blurred Vision
- Skin Rashes
I am not overly strict about everything that goes into or onto my body but pharmaceutical drugs are definitely on my “Do Not Ingest!” list. And I really do not want my children taking things like this either. I noticed that J’s eye looked a little pink and puffy the other day but thought it was because he was tired and didn’t correlate it to him having seasonal allergies but now that I have this tea in my arsenal I can help myself and him to overcome our allergies.
My parents visited us over the weekend and my father’s allergies were beginning to bother him. So I made him some tea and we waited to see if he still needed to take his allergy medicine. The ultimate test would be to see if it worked when my father went back to into the California valley where the air quality is bad and the pollen is really high right now. It is like a volatile cocktail for someone with allergies. I messaged my father later and he said that he didn’t feel like he needed to take his allergy med!
I had come across a Dr. mom on the web who gave this homeopathic remedy to her son. Her son had a very serious case of seasonal allergies and made a very strong brew for him. Our allergies are not as bad as that poor child so I don’t make as strong of a brew for myself or my son.
It’s a tea made from the leaves of a stinging nettle plant. If you have ever been stung by one of these plants you know that it hurts for days! The first time I was stung when we lived in Washington, I thought a bee had stung me, that’s how much it hurt. It was in the middle of the night so I wondered how that could be. When I showed it to the camp nurse the next day and told him where I had been he said it was stinging nettle and that there was nothing he could do for me. Thanks.
Thankfully you don’t need to touch this painful plant, just drink a steamy cup of tea!
(Not reccomended for individuals with a sensitivity to plants in the nettle family)
I use Traditional Medicinals Nettle Leaf tea because it is Non-GMO, doesn’t have artificial or “natural” flavors, is pesticide-free and the tea bag is not made with plastic. Most tea bags are made from a food grade nylon or PET, which are considered safe, until a temperature of about 169 degrees Fahrenheit. Waters boiling point is 212 degrees. So when you pour hot water on them some of the plastics break down and leach into your tea. I don’t want to drink any hot plastic, thank you.
Traditional Medicinals tea bags are made of hemp and wood pulp. So their tea bags break down over time unlike the plastic tea bags. So don’t throw your tea bags away. Compost them!
The box says to steep the tea bag in a 8 oz. cup of hot water and enjoy. I like to use two tea bags and add mint or some other flavored tea to cover up the hay-like taste. You can add a little honey for sweetness. You can also make it ahead of time and chill it in the refrigerator if you prefer iced tea.
Honey is also helpful for allergies but only the kind that is purchased locally in your area. Your body will get used to the pollen where you live because the honey being created is coming from the plants in your area. And it is easier to find out if the local farmers are treating the bees well and not harming them.
There is also a capsule form if you are not into drinking tea that you can get here.
This kind also has Chlorophyll, the “life blood” of plants, in it. Chlorophyll has so many health properties in it. It is most helpful in building and replenishing red blood cells, promoting healthy digestion, fighting cancer, brings your body’s alkaline levels to where they need to be, boosts your immunity and does so much for your health but more on that in another post.
I am absolutely blown away by the fact that God has created all these natural remedies to help us feel our best in any given day. I am thankful that there are holistic ways to get my body to the place it needs to be to live a healthy life!
So when my allergies start to flare up I reach for some nettle tea to help suppress those horrible allergy symptoms.
Have you ever tried this? What was your experience? Comment below!
If you have an allergy to any plants in the nettle family, you should not drink this tea.
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