It’s stinging and prickly, but you’ll want it after reading this!
Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) works as a natural antihistamine because it contains histamine and serotonin. Kind of a contradiction, but it is effective in reducing allergic responses to pollen and hay fever.
Stinging nettles helps reduce joint pain and inflammation for those with arthritis and stiffness. It also works as a helpful diuretic, increasing urine production; thus, ushering out toxins and reducing issues with the bladder and urinary tract.
You can steep dried leaves and drink it as a tea. It is readily available in tea bags. And you can wild harvest it. Just make sure you wash the leaves thoroughly. Leaves can be eaten in salads or sauteed. It also comes in tincture and capsule form.
Now is a great time to begin integrating stinging nettles into your everyday before everything starts budding and blooming.
It’s a beautiful time of year, but it can also be an intense allergy time of year.