One of my apprentices had a severe histamine reaction which caused hives on her arm. She applied bruised plantain and nettle tincture to the affected area and within 5 minutes, the hives receded. Now that’s fast acting herbal medicine! Both plantain and nettles are best used fresh.

Nettles are very effective fresh tinctured, however, plantain is best fresh juiced. Tincturing and drying markedly reduces plantain’s antihistamine action. To preserve plantain juice, freeze in ice cube trays or add 20% by volume 151 vodka. Herbal juice preserved this way is called a succus. Store the succus in the fridge for up to a year. To apply the succus or tincture, generously soak a cloth or paper towel and apply as a compress to the affected area and just beyond. The compress may be reapplied several times until relief is 100%. The succus and tincture may be taken internally as well.

For mild to severe allergic reactions, up to 4 dropperfuls of nettle tincture and/or a couple ounces of succus can be taken. In an anaphylactic shock situation, please use common sense. These remedies may be taken on the way to the hospital. While taking enough of nettle and plantain may eliminate the anaphylactic shock, there is the chance that they simply will buy time in order to get to western medicine help.

Suzanne "Queen Bee" Tabert 🐝

Suzanne "Queen Bee" Tabert 🐝

Suzanne Tabert, bioregional herbalist, speaker, and author, is director of herbal education and herbal mentor at the Cedar Mountain Herb School. An herbal medicine instructor for 35+ years, Suzanne teaches with great passion and excitement, bringing her wealth of herbal knowledge to students in an engaging and vibrant manner. She is the primary instructor at CMHS and an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University. Taking students to wild places and giving them tools to engage and connect with flora, fauna, and the exquisite beauty of nature is the icing on the cake of life, and one way that Suzanne is making a difference in the world, one person, one group at a time. Cedar Mountain Herb School is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, Partnership in Education with United Plant Savers, and the American Herb Association.