Amazonia (mahogany) wrote in herbal,

Nettles for respiratory support

My son's respiratory system is weak, he shows signs of environmental allergies, and his breathing at rest is often laboured.

I've been told that nettles are excellent for repiratory support, but I'm not sure whether freeze dried nettles in a capsule, or nettle in a glycerine tincture would be more effective. Also, since nettles are a food, I'm wondering what quantity he'd have to consume to gain the therapeutic benefits.

Thanks in advance for any insight.
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Why not do an overnight infusion on a daily basis of the tea. I have a coffee press that I use, I put in a handful of nettle, let it steep a minimum of four hours, preferrably overnight and drink as a tea on a daily basis. It is far, FAR more effective than either tincture or capsule. I have allergies and asthma, too, and this helps a great deal for me.

And don't let that freeze dried bit of marketing fool you. That really is a lot of hype that makes little to no difference at all. I literally have acres of it growing on my property and it's all organic. You can also add it to soups, stews and even on the top of pizza, for example, and get the same nutritional and medicinal benefits.
add to that, nettle's kind of yummy - and getting to eat something that stings you is somehow satisfying :)
I make a tincture, then add freshly boiled water to it and drink. I have asthma, too, and have been able to stop using preventative inhalers.

Good luck to the little guy.
my respiratory problems ended up being sulphur sensitivity. They're frequently linked.
My husband who studies herbology says the following:

"I concur with the first, if you have fresh nettles and are able to make a tea and your son is willing to drink the tea, that is best. If that is not an option, then an alcohol tincture is the next best option, followed by a glycerin tincture as far as effectiveness goes. The freeze dried capsules may be beneficial but will not be near the potency of the tinctures."

Good luck with that! :)
i second fresh nettles and/or nettle infusion (tea).
Also, if you have a backyard with flowers and grass that your son could possibly be allergic to, pick them, dry them, and make a mixed tea out of them. Especially in the spring when maple trees start getting their buds and making pollen. This works great for my parents who are allergic many outdoor plants. Makes you feel more awake and less susceptible to allergic reactions. Watch out for neighbors with pesticides.

Good luck with your son!