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Black Nettle Syrup Recipe

Black Nettle Syrup Recipe

Black Nettle Syrup is a delightful and effective way to battle allergy season. This traditional southern syrup is mineral rich to help your body gear up to defend against symptoms of hay fever. Nettle is noted for its nutritional density while black strap molasses holds the record for sweeteners with the highest iron count. Combine this with the anti-histamine effect of plantain leaf and you have a bottle of allergy medicine that can be used both as defense and offense when pollen drifts through the air.

children syrupThis formula was devised in cooperation with Wendy Hounsel CH (AHG), RN. We work together at Occupy Medical integrated healthcare clinic to provide free herbal medicine for those in need. Half of the population we work with is unhoused. There is no access to conditioned air during allergy season for this population. They needed a portable medicine that fortify them and relieve symptoms. This formula evolved over time to this condensed version of the traditional formula we originally based it on.


  • 2 cups nettle leaves (dried)
  • 1/8 cup plantain leaves (dried)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups honey
  • 1/2 cup black strap molasses
  • 6-10 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)


  • 1 measuring cup
  • 1 set of measuring spoons
  • 2 small cook pots (1 with lid)
  • 1 strainer
  • 1 clean, resealable bottle
  • 1 label


  1. Pour the nettle and the plantain leaves into the cook pot with the water and heat to boiling.
  2. Take cook pot immediately off the heat source.
  3. Cover pot with lid and allow herbs to steep a minimum of 20 minutes or until water darkens.
  4. Pour herbs through the strainer and keep 2 cups of infused water for syrup.
  5. Using The Practical Herbalist’s simple Syrup Making Instructions, heat honey, molasses and infused water to make syrup.
  6. More honey may be added for a sweeter syrup.
  7. Stir peppermint essential oil to cooled product if more flavor is desired.
  8. Pour finished product into bottle and label clearly.

Storage and Use

Store Black Nettle Syrup in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. (Note: In my experience, some honey types store longer than others.)

Children under 12: Take 1 teaspoon of syrup no more than 4 times daily.

Adults: Take 1 tablespoon of syrup no more than 4 times daily.

Not intended for children under age 2.

Sue Sierralupe

Sue Sierralupé is a Certified Master Herbalist, Master Gardener and Sustainable Landscape Specialist. She is the clinic manager and lead herbalist at Occupy Medical clinic. Sue is author of The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World and co-author of The Practical Herbalist Herbal Folios series. Follow her blog at Herbalism Manifesto for commentary on herbs, parenting, nutrition and a whole lot more.

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