If you’re like me, your allergies are crazy right now. Something is in the air right now that is clogging up my airways something fierce! So it’s around this time when I start breaking out all my natural allergy remedies. One awesome allergy support I love is drinking a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon in it when I get ready in the morning. It helps reduce mucus that’s built up overnight.
Another one of my favorite allergy busters is nettles. I’ve been drinking nettle tea a lot lately and have just about used up my store of dehydrated nettles. Luckily, it’s nettle foraging time, so I can go out and find myself some more!
Making nettle tea is as simple as submerging a handful of fresh nettles into water and simmering the pot of water for about 10 minutes. The tea is rich and nutty-tasting. It’s also fantastic for reducing mucus. Another way to make and store nettle tea is to dehydrate your fresh nettles so that you can make tea later. I store bags of dried nettles in the freezer to better maintain its freshness. Then, I put dried nettle leaves into a tea ball that I use for loose leaf tea. I place it in warm water and let it steep like I would make a regular cup of tea.
My friend Nicole, my Ayurveda guru, recently wrote a post about ways to support the body during this time, the Kapha season (read it here). She offers a few other tips for finding allergy relief and balance.
Want to read more about nettles and foraging fun? I went kind of crazy with it a couple years ago when I got started. Check out these fun posts:
- Less talk, more forage: Nettles!
- Recipe: Nettle Spanakopita
- Nettle Pesto and Other Nettle Inspiration