Don’t we all just love this beautiful weather? The birds are singing, it’s sunny, trees and plants are flowering giving a beautiful show. Well, this beauty might not be for everyone, especially for those for whom nature is an enemy. Well, no more. There are some great herbal medicines that help you make nature a friend again……..
Nettles (Urtica dioica) your garden enemy is your friend in this case. Nettles have anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties that help to get to the root of hay fever. They are full of vitamins (B, C, D, K and carotenoids) and minerals (iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, selenium and silica) that add to its goodness. Drink it as tea, tincture or add them to your soup, omelettes, risotto or on top of pizzas instead of spinach. Or if you don’t fancy the fiddle take 300 mg/day in a freeze dried form in a smoothie or juice and enjoy the buzz it gives.
Three other herbs that can be taken with Nettles are Elder flowers (Sambucus nigra), Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) and Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea). These have anti-catarrhal and astringent properties meaning they help to reduce and clear the amount of mucus that is produced in the nose, sinuses and throat.
Since hay fever involves the immune system take herbs that will indirectly affect it and help the immune system to fight pollen. Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) can help your immune system to tackle hay fever symptoms as well as to avoid getting colds, will help you to cope with stress and gives you physical and mental energy. What more could you possibly ask for?
Do take these herbs in any form that suits you and start enjoying nature and what all it has to offer.