Even though is been cold this past week and we got snow!, spring is here.
You might be looking excitedly towards the warmer days and flowers, or you may already be suffering from a runny nose, itchy and/or watery eyes, or have asthma and it gets worse this time of year, it can becomes hard to breath, or maybe you get so stuffed up that it’s hard to think and concentrate on work. Either way, I wanted to let you know that I’ve got your back. I have two of my favorite allergy supplements in stock,
Natural D-hist by Orthomolecular products and the Cedar Rose Naturopathic Sinus and Allergy Tea, formulated by me.
The Sinus and spring allergy tea features nettle, along with lemongrass, dandelion and burdock roots, goji berry, gotu kola, and eyebright and is great for indoor and outdoor allergies. The tea is supportive to the liver, while also being a detoxifying tea containing an abundance of minerals. Clients have reported that using this tea has helped immediately resolve itchy eyes and congestion.
Natural D-Hist is a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, proteolytic enzymes and botanicals designed to provide comprehensive support for seasonal challenges caused by common environmental allergens. The formula includes quercetin, bromelain, stinging nettles leaf, and N-acetyl cysteine. The powerful combination actively promotes healthy nasal and sinus passages for individuals with elevated histamine and respiratory irritation.
To purchase products, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413 676 9009. Products can be shipped to you for a small additional fee or dropped off at your home for locals(Greenfield, Turners Falls, Millers Falls and Wendell).
*DISCLAIMER: There is no guarantee that every individual will achieve the same results. Results are dependent on other factors such as pre-existing conditions, co-morbidities, diet, lifestyle, and commitment and time to allow change to occur.
If you want to read more about the products, how to harvest nettles and about tips for allergy season, read on below.
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Nitya Jess Eisenheim, Naturopathic doctor and herbalist
Cedar Rose Naturopathic
So, what are seasonal allergies? Seasonal allergies, sometimes called “hay fever” or seasonal allergic rhinitis, are allergy symptoms that happen during certain times of the year, usually when outdoor molds release their spores, and trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants. They develop when the body’s immune system overreacts to something in the environment.
What can you do? You can follow these tips to avoid your triggers:
- Monitor pollen and mold counts. Weather reports in newspapers and on radio and television often include this information during allergy seasons.
- Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car during allergy season.
- In spring and summer, during tree and grass pollen season, levels are highest in the evening. In late summer and early fall, during ragweed pollen season, levels are highest in the morning.
- Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outdoors.
- Wear a mask when mowing the lawn or doing other chores outdoors, and take appropriate medication beforehand.
Luckily, we live somewhere where a plant grows abundantly that can help us with these seasonal allergies. This plant is nettles, or in Latin, Urtica dioica. This plant is loved by some and hated by others, as it is with most wild plants we call “weeds.” This is the first medicinal herb that I met and fell in love with, and I am so happy to share nettle with you. Nettle loves wet areas, and you will find it growing near streams, rivers and brooks. Nettles have tiny spiky, sharp hairs growing all over its stems and leaves. These tiny hairs are what give nettle a bad rep, however these hairs contain medicinal compounds, which help to stabilize mast cells, creating less of an immune reaction and can help to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms when taken on a regular basis. They also contain a plethora of minerals and vitamins, most notably iron and potassium. Nettle can be ingested as a tea, can be carefully cooked (see very nettle wild soup recipe below) or you can pick use freeze-dried nettles in a capsule form.
Cooking tip: nettles must be cooked for at least 10 minutes to soften the hairs, but don’t worry, much of the medicinal qualities remain intact.
Harvesting tips: If you’ve never harvested in the wild, please go with someone who knows what they’re doing so that you harvest the correct plant and treat the plant community in a respectful way. One teaching I like to pass on to my clients and herbal students is to give something before you harvest the plant. In most indigenous nations throughout the Americas, people give tobacco as an offering to the plant before harvesting. But you can give anything that fits into your paradigm or religious/spiritual tradition, as long as the intention of giving and acknowledging that you are taking something is there. Some give prayer, a few strands of hair, some a song, chocolate, a piece of bread or a bead. Only harvest as much as you need, have a plan in mind of what you want to use the plant for, and be kind, don’t take all the plants. Always leave some of the plants for other people and animals who want to harvest, and for the plant community to be able to reseed and come back next year.
With nettle, you can get stung if you approach the wrong way. For beginners, I suggest wearing good, thick gardening gloves and bringing a pair of scissors along with a harvesting basket or bag. You can hold the top of the plant, snip off the top 2-4 inches for the easiest preparation and let it fall in the basket or bag. Once there are flowers or the nettles are more than 2 feet tall, you do not want to harvest anymore. There are compounds that can be harmful to the kidney if you harvest nettle leaves too late.
Nettle is the feature in my Spring allergy and sinus tea that I formulated along with lemongrass(which is helpful for mold exposure), dandelion root and burdock root(for liver support and minerals), goji berries( a red berry from the Himalayas that helps to support the liver, and is sour, which in the Ayurvedic system of medicine from SE Asia is balancing to the body this time of year), gotu kola( also an Ayurvedic herb, which is specific for preventing allergies) and eyebright( a Native US plant that helps with the itchy and watery eyes).
By the way, I have grown all these herbs or harvested them in this climate. This tea is delicious and nutritious, which is so important as we transition to spring time, after a long winter of eating more animal products and starches. If you have springtime allergies, you’ll want to start drink 3 cups/day of the tea on a regular basis so that when the flowers start blooming, the medicine has already been in the body and the body reacts less, creates less inflammation and there are less symptoms.