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DIY: Seasonal Allergy Tincture

Katie April 26, 2016

Written by Katie Mae and updated by Sarena-Rae Santos in February of 2024. 

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.

My favorite way to ease allergy symptoms is to use a seasonal allergy tincture with three of my go-to herbs: nettle, dandelion root, and rose hips.

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts dried nettle
  • 1 part dried dandelion root
  • 1 part dried rose hips
  • 4 parts vodka or apple cider vinegar

Directions: 

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.

Have you used a seasonal allergy tincture?

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Katie
Katie is a dorm “mama” to 16 amazing girls ages 5 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She is happiest in the kitchen creating nourishing meals and home remedies or outside with at least one of her girls at her side. She grew up using herbal supplements but didn’t discover the joy of making her own until 2008. Katie is passionate about real food, herbs and simple living. You can find her blogging about all these things and more on her blog, Mexican Wildflower where she is living simply by God’s grace.MexicanWildflower
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5 Comments

  1. […] Continue reading at Modern Alternative Health to learn how to make this seasonal allergy tincture.  […]

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  2. How much do you use at a time? Do you use it to prepare for allergy season or wait until your allergies flair up?

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  3. Hello,

    What would be the measurement for each herb?

    Thank you

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    • It would depend on the amount that you want to make. “One part” can be a tablespoon, quarter cup, whatever you choose. Just be sure to maintain the ratios as listed in the recipe 🙂

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  4. Hello, thanks for sharing this recipe! I just finished bottling this after weeks of anticipation, waiting for it to do it’s thing, so I’m excited to start using, but I didn’t see a dosage. Could you help me figure out what is the best protocol? It would be for adults. Thanks so much!

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