This blend can be helpful in chronic allergies, hay fever, and chronic asthma. While some people may only need to take it as needed when allergies kick in (preferably starting 2 to 6 months before allergy season begins), people with chronic allergic or asthmatic conditions can take it daily. New England aster would work well here, too, especially for someone with allergy-induced asthma and congestion. Consider adding peach twig for people with lots of hypersensitivities that cause hives.
3 parts nettle tincture
3 parts goldenrod tincture
2 parts horehound tincture
1 part mullein tincture
1 part fennel seed or thyme tincture
Suggested tools: 2-ounce dropper bottle
If you already have the individual tinctures prepared, simply measure them by volume and pour them into the same bottle (for example, 5 ml per “part” which will not quite fill a 2-ounce bottle). If you need to make a combo tincture from scratch, measure the fresh herbs by weight (it’s okay if the fennel is dried) — each part can be 1/2 ounce so you’ll have 5 ounces total — chop and shove them into a 16-ounce jar. See fresh plant tincture instructions on page 38. Take 1–2 ml (1/4–1/2 teaspoon) of the blend, diluted in water, as needed or 2–3 times per day.
Simple Nettle: basic but often effective
Nettle-Goldenrod: seasonal and animal allergies, histamine overload
Nettle-Goldenrod-Horehound: thick mucus conditions, to drain
Goldenrod-Bee Balm: sinus infection, to drain
Goldenrod-Bee Balm-Berberine: sinus infection, to dry
Horehound-New England Aster-Goldenrod: congestion, mucus, asthma
Excerpted from Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies, © by Maria Noël Grovers, 2019. Photography by © Stacey Cramp. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.
This original article first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.