As Mary Poppins would say: "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!"
Finally, it’s starting to feel like spring time in NY, and although I love this time of year with all the bountiful gifts it brings, I hate the seasonal allergies that come with it! I started getting them a few years ago and since then, I've had to incorporate as many natural rituals as I can to get me through without the need for over-the-counter drugs. One thing that helps me? Herbal infusions. As some of you might know, I am obsessed with making them. Whether it’s tinctures, vinegars, teas, milks or honeys, I like to infuse everything!
The Earth provides us with such incredible and powerful medicine through plants. If we learn to work with them and cultivate our ability to communicate with them and access their medicinal properties, we can use them to heal ourselves more effectively and naturally with their help.
Nettle Astralagus Honey
Infusing honey with herbs is such a delicious, fun and decadent way of getting your herbs in. You can pour it over ice cream, put it in teas, warm milk, over oats, fresh fruits or toast and in salad dressings.
I made this special concoction infused with nettles and astralagus to help fight my seasonal allergies. Both are powerful medicines that reduce inflammation and histamine as well as boost my immune system.
- 2 cups local raw honey
- 3 tbs dried nettles
- 1 tbs astralagus
- 1 tbs cinnamon
Basic formula: Use about 1-2 tablespoons of dried herbs per 1 cup of honey.
- Place the herbs in any glass jar with a lid
- Combine the herbs + honey
- Close with a tight lid
- Let it infuse for at least a week
- For more intense flavor and medicinal powers, wait a whole lunar cycle
- If the herbs go to the top, turn the jar a few times through the cycle
- Strain the herbs and enjoy!
The possibilities with herbal infused honey are endless so go ahead and have fun with it. Choose the herb that intuitively calls you and create your own. Remember our bodies are incredibly intelligent and if we feel inclined towards a particular herb, it might be an internal sign of a certain need or imbalance. So, always trust your gut, your instinct and your cravings. Start with a single ingredient and go from there.
Other beautiful ingredient combinations you can use:
Turmeric + pepper + ashwagandha to create a powerful adaptogenic blend you can spread over toast with banana or simply to make a warm golden milk if you are feeling stressed and depleted
Roses petals, lavender or chamomile poured over ice cream or a granola bowl to promote relaxation
Sage + garlic to relieve sore throats
Tip: use only dried herbs to prevent from growing bacteria and you can store it for ever!
Rituals me and my family have incorporated to beat seasonal allergies naturally
Super Quercitin: I take this supplement daily. It has vitamin C and bromelain which help fight inflammation, control histamine and boost the immune system.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar regularly: add 1 tsp of ACV to a glass of water 3 times daily.
Eat and drink lots of nettle in infusions, honeys, and meals such as pestos and curries. Nettles, when cooked, have a very mild flavor similar to spinach. My 9yr old son loves a glass of chilled nettle iced tea.
Reishi & Astralagus: Both known to be powerful immune tonics. I make infusions or even add them soups, bone broths and my morning coffee!