Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
The leaves of stinging nettle possess natural anti-histamine and anti- inflammatory properties that can be incredibly useful for navigating the response to airborne allergens and irritants such as pollen's, dust or perfume. Nettle is mineral rich and acts as a mild astringent to the upper respiratory mucous membranes. This particular herb contains large amounts of vitamin K, which is used by the body to help with blood clotting.
Nettle can aid allergy sufferers by toning and drying leaky, runny tissues and tightening up between the membrane cells. It has shown to reduce irritation and inflammation on the surface of the membranes.
In addition, nettle is considered an iron tonic, a mild diuretic and could assist urinary tract infections. Nettle Tincture could be helpful for arthritis and is rich in vitamins and minerals.
A tincture is a liquid concentrated extract that is made from herbs to be ingested as a supplement to utilize that particular herbs beneficial properties. It is a quick and easy way to use herbs to assist with healing or as a preventative. Please see our article "What is a tincture" to understand more about them and the recommended dosages.
Contradictions - Do not use this tincture if you are taking lithium. Speak to your doctor first if you are taking diabetic prescriptions. Nettle can decrease blood pressure, so be sure to research your prescription drugs about any interactions. Speak to your health practitioner in regards to any possible surgeries and if you may need to temporarily stop taking them until after the procedure.
If your suffering from allergies that are from local plant blooms, look into adding local raw honey to your daily wellness routine.
Allergy symptoms can be reduced by taking extra measures such as not wearing shoes in the house, wiping down your skin, keeping long hair up when outside, extra cleaning and dusting, changing a/c filters regularly and keeping vehicle interiors clean. If you work in an office, take the time to wipe down your own workspace when you arrive. Drink plenty of water, even when your not thirsty to help flush your system.
Tinctures have been proven to work faster, last longer and are stronger than most other forms of herbal supplements.
Dosage - use 40 to 60 drops, 2 to 3 times daily in a large glass of water or other beverage of choice.
The best allergy buster , I have ever found! It taste great in my water and helps me stay hydrated.
I started taking this to see if it would help with getting UTIs frequently. So far when I do take it daily they were few and far between. Ran out and guess what? Guess I will keep taking it. Lots of other benefits too!