Spring is in the air, literally, and if you suffer from hay fever then it's worth giving this a go. You'll need to brave the outdoors and collect some of the young nettle tips which are everywhere at the moment. Take some gloves to avoid getting stung.
This is a simple brew which contains strong antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties to ease hay fever symptoms. Drink three mugs a day when you’re suffering.
In your loveliest teapot put:
2-3 tablespoons of young nettle leaves, freshly picked (the boiling water will remove the sting whilst brewing)
Nettles contain antihistamines and have anti-inflammatory properties
1 tablespoon Chamomile flowers (or a good quality chamomile teabag)
Chamomile has natural anti-inflammatory properties and eases the mucus membranes
1-2 teaspoons of Local Honey
By ingesting local pollen via local honey, your immune system will better cope with the allergens in your area
Cover with boiling water and steep for 5 mins. Strain through a tea strainer before drinking. This should make around 3 cups.
By Bronwyn Ward