Allergy Season Savior Tincture
Considering the long-term medicinal benefits of nettle, I like to make enough of this tincture to last all year and well into the next—just to be safe and never run out before the next batch is ready. This is to say that this is a tincture I would never be without in my home apothecary.
Nettle provides excellent histamine relief and allergenic response support. The addition of bee pollen adds B vitamins and quercetin. This tincture is equally appropriate for those with seasonal allergy symptoms or elevated histamine levels due to adrenal fatigue/dysfunction.
YIELD: 1 quart (approximately 1 L)
ADULT DOSE: 2–3 droppers full (3–4.5 ml), 3 times daily
CHILD’S DOSE, AGES 6–12: 1–2 droppers full (1.5–3 ml), 3 times daily
CHILD’S DOSE, AGES 2–6: 5–15 drops, 3 times daily
- 32 oz (950 ml) 100 proof vodka
- 6½ oz (185 g) fresh nettle leaves, chopped
- 3 oz (85 g) bee pollen granules
Combine all the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, large enough to accommodate the contents.
Infuse the vodka with the nettle and bee pollen for at least 6 weeks.
After the infusion is complete, strain the tincture through two layers of cheese cloth or muslin, squeezing to remove as much liquid as possible.
Discard the spent marc in the compost, and bottle the tincture in an amber glass master bottle or individual 1- or 2-ounce (30- or 60-ml) bottles. Use within 1 year.
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