Stinging Nettle Tincture

 

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.

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Parasite Management & Supplements

Years ago we learned that Native Americans used pumpkin to cure kidney infections and rid the body of worms, and the leaves of the pumpkins may be crushed and rubbed on as a fly repellent. Not only this but pumpkins are safe for livestock to eat.  So we contacted some friends who had a pumpkin patch and asked if after the pumpkin patch season was over if we could buy some of their left overs.  They were thrilled to have someone help clean up the unwanted pumpkins and when we returned home with pickup truck loads of pumpkin we were delighted to find that the flock was equally delighted to have fresh pumpkin!  That winter we made sure they had a steady supply of pumpkins in their feed area.  With each new pumpkin they made games of rolling it around and breaking it open.

But, fresh pumpkin is a seasonal thing.  And what is actually helping with parasite management in the digestive tract is a compound found in the pumpkin seed called cucurbitin.  Cucurbitin affects parasites by paralyzing them so they can no longer attach to the body and they are expelled from the digestive tract naturally.  Continue reading