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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hello Nettle Tea ~ Goodbye Hayfever

Did you know that nettles are a natural antihistamine? And just like peppermint leaves you can make a tea from them. There are many teas available from the local supermarket to health food shops and of course to the nettles (Urtica Dioica) growing in your garden.
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Antihistamine tablets are widely used by hayfever sufferers, but if you can't find any of the non-drowsy types, you can often feel like you're a walking zombie all day long and it's not such a good look either. So one of the huge benefits of using nettle tea to help with your allergies means you won't have to also endure all the horrible side effects of the drugs either. And it can be completely free if you choose to pick your own nettles!

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So if you're fed up of popping the pills and would like to try a natural way of sending those sneezes and irritating itches away, head out into the countryside with scissors and a red riding hood basket at the ready. We've read that making your own infusion (recommended dosage is 300mg 2-3 times a day) is much more effective than the teas widely available and even better if you leave the leaves to infuse in hot water, with a cloth over them to take the next morning. Depending on how potent you make the infusion you could then add hot water to your concentrated nettle concoction the next day and then drink throughout the day, building a natural defence and generally preventing allergies.

Although a little contrary, we have found that if you sup on a good brand of nettle tea a couple of times a day, letting the tea bag steep for a jolly good while, (more than you're even comfortable with) and leave it until it is quite thick and gloopy (yes it isn't incredibly appetising, but needs must!) and get it down in a couple of gulps, it does make quite a difference. In actual fact we did find that we were surprised by how effective it was.

To make things a little more appetising why not try a couple of nettle tea bags in a teapot with fennel or rose? Or perhaps cinnamon or liquorice and let it steep for a good while still, but diluting the taste. In actual fact nettle tea isn't very offensive. It has an incredibly earthy taste as may be predicted and isn't very strong, but some people may not be accustomed to this kind of taste, so perhaps a juxteaposition is the answer!

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