The Druid Herbalist

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Hayfever/Seasonal Allergy tea

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So as part of the coursework I have to create a hayfever tea, which is handy as it would appear that I now have hayfever for the first time ever! I created two teas, one for daytime and one for nighttime, as the daytime one contains nettle (urtica dioica) which can be a diuretic, and I didn’t want to be running to the loo all night 🙂

Daytime tea recipe:

Equal amounts of plantain (plantago lanceolota), nettle (urtic dioica), eyebright (euphrasia officianalis) and elderberries (sambuccus nigra).

Steep in one cup of boiled water for 10 – 15 minutes and then drink.  Can be sweetened with a teaspoon of local honey, which can have an homeopathic effect as it would contain pollen from the area in small doses.

Nighttime tea recipe:

Equal amounts of plantain (plantago lanceolota), elderberries (sambuccus nigra) and chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla).

Steep in one cup of boiled water for 10 – 15 minutes and then drink.  Can be sweetened with a teaspoon of local honey, which can have an homeopathic effect as it would contain pollen from the area in small doses.

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Plantain is a great antihistamine, and nettle boosts the immune system. Elderberries and flowers are great for coughs and colds – I didn’t have any flowers to hand but did have some berries.  Eyebright works well for coughs as well, and can be applied as a poultice or eyewash, however, only organic and well-strained infusions should be used on eyes – if in doubt, don’t use it! Chamomile is to help give a restful sleep, which is also a good immune system booster.

As dairy products create more mucous in the body, it is best to avoid dairy during hayfever season. If you simply cannot live without, goat or sheep’s milk or cheese is better.  High fat food should also be avoided, and fresh vegetable and fruits should be eaten to boost the immune system.  Exercise gets the lymphatic system going, and helps circulation, releasing toxins, again helping your immune system.

I’ve been taking the tea for a week now, and my sinuses have cleared almost straight away. I still have a cough, and may switch the elderberries to elderflowers to see if that makes a difference for me personally.

On with anatomy and physiology homework!

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Author: joannavanderhoeven

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4 thoughts on “Hayfever/Seasonal Allergy tea

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Seasonal allergies are visiting my children and I with a vengeance. Using a Neti pot helps as well.

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  2. Perhaps it is not all that surprising that you are suffering for the first time from hayfever as you are embarking on this course that is putting you in much closer touch with the plant world. I mean by that you are communicating more deeply with them and the reaching out is mutual. If it is then one way they communicate is through their pollen. It may seem a gentle touch to them but if they’ve not done this before it might be a bit overwhelming. It is also a way to bring you into closer contact with the plants used as remedies for the condition. Just a thought that whizzed through as I read this and thought I’d share it.

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    • It would be hard to offer a treatment for someone if you’ve never really suffered or understood what they’re going through, for sure. Of course, I’ll never have gone through all the things people might come to me for, but being open, really listening, trying to understand and working with compassion will hopefully redress the balance where experience is lacking. Plus, there’s a lot of rapeseed growing around my village at the moment! It’s really opened my eyes to just how much plants can help alleviate our suffering, on so many levels 🙂

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