Buds are breaking, flowers are blooming, and your sinuses are throbbing. We all look forward to spring, yet for some, the dread of uncomfortable allergies can outweigh the excitement. Those blooms sure are beautiful, but too bad they can trigger such an unattractive reaction. With increasing global temperatures, these allergens are in for the long haul. It’s predicted that with warmer temperatures, plants will have longer blooming seasons – bringing with them longer allergy seasons.
Just in time for spring, this smoothie is refreshing, crisp, and minty good! Stinging nettle is one of those herbs that is viewed as a nuisance in the wild due to its sting that seems to linger in the skin whenever you get stung by it! Although it may be annoying, this is just the plants natural defense against herbivores and people like, well, ME! Just make sure to wear gloves and long sleeves and pants when handling. After you wash them off and blend them, you don’t have to worry about them stinging your mouth! You can often find them in rich, moist soils in the woods or along woodland edges, and they can also be abundant in floodplains.