As pollen count rises, issues with hay fever also increase. Typical symptoms include: sneezing, itching, mucous, sore throat, watery red eyes and a feeling of inflammation from within. This therapeutic drink helps soothe and ease hay fever symptoms.
My recipe includes a mixture of nettle tea, which is the main component combined with ginger and orange juice. Nettles root deep into the earth and are able to draw in many minerals. The nettle plant including its leaves contains many minerals including iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium.
Nettle tea made from the leaves contains electrolytes which are involved in fluid balance and minerals which support muscle/nerve functioning. Nettle tea also contains B vitamins, vitamins A, C, E and K plus small amounts of essential fatty acids. Nettles also help to soothe inflammation and have antihistamine properties.
Oranges add a boost of vitamin C to this drink, promoting healing and the breakdown of excess mucous. Ginger has antibacterial properties, supports circulatory and lymphatic flow and also helps to breakdown excess mucous. Adding some manuka honey which has antibacterial and antiviral properties helps soothe irritated tissues of the throat. If you can get local honey then this is even better as this may help to desensitise you to local pollen.
1 tbsp dried nettle leaves
1 inch piece of fresh ginger (add a little more if you want a more serious kick)
1 tsp manuka honey or locally produced honey
- Add around 200ml of hot water to 1 tbsp of dried nettle leaves.
Leave this to brew and cool down to room temperature. You could cool the tea down further if you prefer a colder juice.
- Next juice the ginger and orange.
- Add a teaspoon of manuka honey to the juice by first dissolving it with a little warm water.
- Finally add the cooled, strained nettle tea to the juice.
Some Precautions with this Juice
- Nettle and ginger help lower elevated blood sugar and blood pressure, so bear this in mind if you are taking blood sugar or blood pressure lowering medication.
- Ginger thins the blood, so if you are on blood thinning medication then bear this in mind.
- If you are pregnant be aware that nettle contains uterine-stimulating properties.
If you have any concerns consult your doctor before trying something new, especially if you are on medication.
Underlying Imbalance Hay fever is Pointing To
Hay fever is just a label for a set of imbalances within the body. From my nutritional and naturopathic point of view, these symptoms are just signalling an underlying level of cellular dehydration within the body which is also affecting the nose, nasal passages and lungs. The tissues of the nose, throat in particular are too dry and easily become irritated and inflamed when in contact with pollen, dust pollution and so on.
If this dehydration is not resolved, it intensifies and affects the lungs at a deeper level.
Factors contributing to this level of dehydration include:
- Predispositions (your inherited constitution from your grandparents, parents etc)
- Poor diet which is low in nutrients, water but high in challenging foods and drinks
- Toxicity building up within the body stemming from the diet and environment
- Stress be it physical, mental or emotional.
The key to holistically resolving hay fever is to address the underlying issue of dehydration within the body.
For some futher insights about cellular dehydration, have a look at my article on cellular dehydration.