I really enjoyed the sunshine last week, which seems like a distant memory already, as I look out on grey skies this morning. What I didn’t enjoy however was the awful hay fever I experienced, so I was intrigued watching ethnobotanist, James Wong, last night on TV making a nettle tea for the relief of hay fever. It seemed to do the trick for two hay fever sufferers who were asked to try it.
While I love the idea of natural remedies and James makes it look so easy to make them, they still look quite fiddly to me. Still I am tempted to try this tea, especially as nettles are in abundance in the hedgerows beside my home. I wonder if I can just substitute the chamomile leaves from regular chamomile tea-bags instead of the leaves he uses? James says you need to drink this tea three times a day, and to start early in the hay fever season. Here is the recipe from last night’s show for anyone else who is interested.
2-3 tbsp fresh nettles, or 1-2 tbsp dried
4 tsp fresh German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) or 2 tsp dried
1 tsp locally produced honey, to taste
1. Wash the fresh nettles well, then chop roughly with a large knife. Put the nettles, stalks and all, and chamomile into a glass teapot. Pour boiling water over and leave to steep for 5 minutes – this will also take the sting out of the nettles.
2. Strain into a tea cup and serve, adding 1 teaspoon of local honey, or to taste. This makes a pot equivalent to 3 cups.