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Hay Fever and Nettle Tea
Not usually connected with hay, nor does it cause a fever, 'Hay Fever' is an allergic reaction triggered by pollen from trees, flowers and grass, as well as dust mites, moulds, pets and 

chemicals.  The irritant causes our bodies to release a chemical called histamine, which in turn causes symptoms like itchy eyes, running nose, blocked sinuses or asthma.  If you are a sufferer it is around this time of year that you should be thinking of supporting your immunity, not just when your symptoms arrive.

What to eat?
The plant chemical quercetin acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and stabilises the cells that release histamine. Foods rich in quercetin include buckwheat, capers, yellow peppers, lovage, sweet potato, red onions, fruits with dark red or blue skin, watercress, dill and coriander.

Seasonal Tip 
Nettles are great all year round as they are full of minerals and vitamins, but are especially helpful when pollen is high.  The best time to collect them is when the tops are young and green (well before June).  Wear gloves, and collect them well away from sprayed areas and roads!  Before cooking remove any tough stems and wash well.  It helps if you start to consume nettles a few weeks before your particular pollen-irritant arrives, so freezing them may be necessary. As well as adding to soups and stews, nettles can be eaten as a vegetable by simmering for around 10 minutes with butter, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Make a refreshing brew by washing and chopping the leaves and adding to boiling water with some chamomile.  Leave to brew for a round 4 minutes, and enjoy!

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