When searching for a more natural way to manage our allergies we discovered stinging nettle. Yes, stinging nettle! There are many positives of stinging nettle: its leaves are highly nutritious wild food consumed either dried (as a tea, for example) or steamed. Nettle is high in iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, and vitamins A, C, and D, and it is said that nettle is one of the world’s most chlorophyll-rich plants. Young plants taste best. Herbalists love nettle as a highly nutritive tonic with a great many uses, some of which are treatment of anemia, arthritis and gout, dropsy, hemorrhoids, swollen prostate and benign prostatic hypertrophy (bph), rheumatism, sciatica, lymphatic ailments, expelling gravel or stones from any organ but particularly the kidneys, infertility and with regard to regulating aspects of women’s monthly cycles and postpartum, as a blood cleanser, to expel mucus from all parts of the body, a treatment for worms, and more. Plus, nettles do not contain salicylates, which is a boon for those with salicylate sensitivities or allergies.
But our family and friends use nettle primarily for moderate allergies, and part of the regimen for those of us with severe allergies. The properties of the stinging nettle help to address the histamine response (it is classified as an antihistamine) and it address inflammation which is what is behind things like post nasal drip or a runny nose, sneezing, or watery eyes. When our bodies are feeling under attack they produce a way to flush the offending particles away from the body, tears or mucus. When the inflammation is addressed, the symptoms are reduced.
So many of our friends have found relief when they use our stinging nettle tincture that I thought it was a good idea to make a series of short videos to explain the entire process of preparing our nettle tincture.
It’s important to note that for best results you should use 100 proof vodka. We have used glycerin in the past and it was so overpoweringly sweet that it was harder to get down than the “green fire” made with vodka. And after further research I learned that 100 proof vodka is actually the best carrier substance for this process.
It is also critical to label your herbs. You’d be amazed at how easy it is to forget or to get your products mixed up. Always label and date everything, just to be on the safe side.
I hope you have enjoyed learning how we make our tincture here at home. Let me know if you make your own and how you find it helping your family.
— Resources —
Common Herbs for Natural Health by Juliette de Bairacli Levy
Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West by Gregory L Tilford
Therapeutic Herb Manual: A Guide to the Safe and Effective Use of Liquid Herbal Extracts by Ed Smith