Does sneezing, wheezing, and watery eyes sound familiar?
When allergy season hits, that may mean intense suffering for several months. For others, it could be a mild irritation.
Often, seasonal allergies are connected to an unhealthy gut. Many (if not most) people who suffer from seasonal allergies could benefit from a gut-healing protocol such as GAPS. Not everyone has the time for it or might not feel quite up to the challenge quite yet.
Thankfully, there are God-given plants in nature that work together to help our bodies fight off allergic responses.
All three of these herbs contain bioflavonoids, namely quercetin (as well as numerous other vitamins and nutrients), that work as natural antihistamines.
When our bodies come in contact with allergens, they produce histamine as a response. Bioflavonoids work to block the release of histamine.
This seasonal allergy tincture uses a vinegar extraction (yes, you can use homemade apple cider vinegar, too) instead of the typical vodka. Raw apple cider vinegar, with the “mother,” helps balance your GI tract, resulting in your body’s natural defense to battle seasonal allergies.
If you prefer to use vodka instead, check out our blog, How to Make an Alcohol Extraction (With Almost Any Herb). You can even make a glycerin extraction!
Do you need something to offer relief while waiting for the tincture to be ready? Check out Earthley’s Sinus Saver, an all-natural premade option!
Seasonal Allergy Tincture
- 2 parts dried nettle
- 1 part dried dandelion root
- 1 part dried rose hips
- 4 parts vodka or apple cider vinegar
Step 1: Mix the herbs, filling a glass jar 3/4 of the way full.
Step 2: Cover with vodka or apple cider vinegar, screw on the lid, and give a good shake.
Step 3: Store in a dark place, such as a cabinet, for at least four weeks. Shake every day.
Step 4: Strain through a cheesecloth or old t-shirt, squeezing out as much liquid as possible.
Step 5: Store in a glass jar.
Storage & Usage: This tincture will retain its potency for at least two years. Store in a dark location. Keep a small amount in an amber glass dropper bottle for ease of use.