Good Natured Earthling Recommends Nettles for Allergies

by Christine Sine

Spring has sprung rather early here in the Pacific NW.  With a week of sunny cold mornings and warm days this last week the trees have all burst into spectacular bloom…. which is wonderful except for the fact that it has brought out every allergy anyone in this area ever suffered from.  Being among the sufferers I have been looking around for relief.  Here is one possibility I found intriguing because there are lots of nettles in this area.

Nettles, eaten freely and drunk as a tea will, over time, feed our adrenals and kidneys, help to heal and strengthen the lung tissue and intestines, tonify the arteries, nourish the hair, help to promote lots of rich milk in lactating mothers and can even help to prevent or lessen the strength of seasonal pollen based allergy attacks. Congested? Try eating nettle pesto (recipe below), drinking nettle juice or nettle decoction and find swift relief. Nettles are anti inflammatory and can help with many ailments where inflammation is present.  Read more here

And check out Good Natured Earthling’s recipe for Nettle pesto here I have not had a chance to try it yet but would love to give it a go.

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Milton Kliesch February 25, 2010 - 4:53 am

My two daughters really suffer with allegries. My youngest recentlly began allergy shots, only to react with throat closures even with the minimum dosage. What kind of needles are the one used for the tea. IN LA & MS we have pine needles. In WA state, you probably have a different kind.

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Christine Sine February 25, 2010 - 5:00 am

Milton – not needles but nettles – stinging nettles. They are quite a different type of plant

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