Are you feeling tired by the middle of the day? Nettle can help you with that. This nutritious herb is known to support your energy level. It is a very nutrient-dense plant. Nettle is one of my favorite herbs. I think it was one of the first that I studied. While studying it I found that it is one of the most supportive plants for so many reasons.
Nettle deserves respect
A very common looking plant with heart shaped green leaves with groupings of tiny lighter green flowers that hang down like a little waterfall.
The one thing to remember about Nettle is that if you touch it you will remember it. Nettle is also know by the name of Stinging Nettle. It has a fine layer of hairs on the leaves that contain formic acid and histamine that feels like a sting. This can irritate your skin when you brush up against it or try to pick it. After being stung several times while harvesting I have come to appreciate and respect it and always wear my gloves.
Nettle is full of needed nutrients and heals
Nettle can be used as a tasty nutritious food. Eating it often can help you get vitamins and minerals that you need daily. It’s loaded with iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, zinc and protein. Toss it in a salad or cook it like you would spinach. You can add it to a quiche, soup or even make a smoothie with it.
Nettle is also a known as a wonderful healing herb. It calms your mind and helps with inflammatory joint pain. Nettle cleanses the blood, detoxifies the body, relieves allergies and is a diuretic. Some other medical issues it helps with are anemia, eczema and arthritis. You can download your fact sheet here
If you want to work with it now, buying it in its dried form is another great way to get it into your body. Brewing a cup of tea or making a tincture during this time of year works perfectly well. Even taking a nice warm bath and putting the dried herb in a large tea strainer into your bath water you will absorb the nutrients through your skin. You can also make a vinegar tonic and use it as a hair rinse. A great place to purchase dried nettle is from a very reputable supplier that I use often, called Mountain Rose Herbs.
Making your foraging list now
I know you can’t go out and find Nettle right now, being Winter here in the Northeast, but it’s a good time of year to start to make a list of what you want to look for in the Spring. When you head out to forage for Nettle this coming Spring you will probably find it near the edge of the forest or in a sunny area near a stream or lake. When you do harvest it just take a small portion of the the area you find and only take about the top 6 inches. Let me know when you find some and share what you make with it.