A good allergy tincture is made of many herbs. Nettles is an obvious choice but what about horehound, echinacea, peppermint, rosemary, yarrow, ginger, Oregon grape root, elder flowers, and calendula too. Consider a blend of plants that are known for
being anti inflammatory
having cooling properties that clear heat
I usually make a big batch of allergy tincture in the late fall using a combination of fresh and dried herbs that I have been growing and harvesting over the summer. Yarrow tends to be ready in early summer while horehound is being harvested right now in early fall. Horehound is a lovely plant with its distinctive smell and soft textured leaves. But its bitter taste means that I don’t harvest it often. You need something with a lot of sugar in it ,like syrup, to make it more palatable. It is a shame that herbalists do not use it more often as it can be used to treat many health conditions.
White horehound is a perennial plant in the mint family that grows easily on several continents. You will find it in gardens, dessert pastures, the wild, and wastelands. The entire plant is downy and has a silver “bloom”. The fibrous twisted root sends up several square shaped stems. Numerous leaves are opposite, petioled, round/ovate, wrinkled and soft underneath. Tiny with a pink/white two lipped flowers with a spiny calyx grow in axillary whorls in late summer. Prefers sun and well drained soil. Harvest new growth to avoid the mature clusters of seeds which can prick your fingers.
Marrubium has been used for healing since ancient times. It is a common ingredient in cough syrups and lozenges because it clears phlegm and prevents infection from moving into the lungs. It is thought to helps with bronchitis, laryngitis, hoarseness, sore throat, asthma, pneumonia, and a hacking cough. Historically this plant has bee used to treat fever, anemia, hepatitis, retained placenta, stomach issues, heart conditions. It balances bodily secretions and makes a bitter digestive tonic. It increases circulation (vasodilator) and sweating. Stimulates the production of bile and supports the liver.
Externally a serum can treat blackheads and rough/dry skin. Adds a healthy glow and moisture to the skin. As a poultice/compress it can be used on deep wounds, a rash or for shingles.
Taste: highly aromatic/pungent (volatile oils) and bitter.
Energetics:Moves energy, clears heat/cooling and toxins. Drying.
Contraindications: pregnancy. Excessive use may lead to hypertension. Fresh juice applied to the skin may cause a reaction. Large doses may act as a laxative.