For those living in the Ohio River Valley, now is the time when allergies can flare. A possible way to ease symptoms is to try nettle. “Nettle is a natural antihistamine that can help with allergies. It’s gentle enough to give to children with direction from a pediatrician, but may provide seasonal allergy relief in adults, too. You can find it in tincture, capsule, tea, and whole plant forms,” Raegan says. Some people even make their own soup using fresh nettles, but the plant does have hairy fibers on it that can cause skin irritation so be careful if you go this route.
By Carrie Vittitoe