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  • Annie Dahlin

Wild Nettle Tea For Allergies

wild nettle tea for allergies

When spring finally decides to arrive here in north Idaho, my allergies decide to arrive as well. For years I have been drinking wild nettle tea as a way to help ease my spring allergies, the itchy eyes, sneezing and runny nose. I prefer to forage for wild nettles for this tea but I have purchased it in the past. The downside to purchasing nettle tea is most likely it's not grown in the region or area you live in. Nettle tea works best when it is from the area where you live and where you are experiencing the allergies. Plus, nettles start growing their fresh tips right when allergy season starts and the fresh tips are the best for making tea.

foraging for wild nettles

A couple years ago I came across a little patch of nettles down by the river on the property where we live. This little patch has become my go to spot each spring for me to forage for my nettle tea.

wild nettles

I usually gather about four big handfuls (which is probably about four cups) from this little spot. I put them in a pot and fill it with about 12 -14 cups of water. I bring that to a very low simmer, I don't let the water come to a boil. Then I let that simmer on low for about twenty minutes. Next I strain the tea into half gallon mason jars and let cool down to room temp before putting on the lid and storing in the fridge. The tea will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days and will turn a darker green. I sip on this periodically throughout the day for a few days to help keep my allergy symptoms in check and while my body is adjusting to the fresh spring allergens in the air.

You can pick extra tips, dehydrate them and keep in mason jars for storing so you can have some when fall allergies arrive…

*DISCLAIMER* Obviously I am not a doctor and you should always check with your health care professional before using herbal remedies. Also, when foraging and consuming wild edibles always make sure to check with an expert before consuming if you are uncertain.


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