Nettle (Urtica dioica) food or medicine? Nettle is one of the most nutritious plants in the plant kingdom and grows almost everywhere. Nettle is extremely rich in iron, protein, chlorophyll, vitamin C, B vitamins, dietary fibre, potassium, silicic acid (silica), and calcium, among others.
Nettle is well suited for the person who is always being told "you look so tired" although once they get going, they have good endurance energy.
Beautiful nettle vitamins, minerals and iron content make it a daily tonic for optimal health and nourishment. Nettle leaf works widely throughout the body, from the circulatory system, the joints, health of connective tissue, the uterus, hair, skin and nails, the muscles, and even the bones and blood. Nettle also has a well-deserved reputation as a hemostatic (reduces bleeding) due to its abundant vitamin K content.
Regular use of nettle leaf helps maintain mental activity, support the adrenals, reduces acidity, increases energy and is an excellent tonic for the kidneys. Nettle's antihistamine properties also help reduce the symptoms of hay fever and other seasonal allergies.
Fresh nettle can also be added to soups and stews; you can also make a pesto or dried you can drink as a cold infusion or hot tea.
A cold infusion of nettle is a great way to energise yourself and pump your body with a heap of nourishment. It’s so simple to make.
Measure out about 30 grams dried organic nettle leaf. Boil approximately a litre of water. Put the dried herb into a 1 litre mason jar or similar and fill to the top with near boiling water. Stir with a wooden spoon. Lid tightly and pop into the fridge overnight to brew or at least 4 hours during the day.
Strain and squeeze the liquid out of the herb using an unbleached muslin cloth. Return the spent nettle to the compost bin or your garden. Don’t through it in the rubbish bin! Be sure to refrigerate your infusion, as it will go bad at room temperature (if left to long) once it is done brewing. It will last a couple of days in the fridge.
That is all there is to it, now just sip throughout the day. Drink 2-3 litres a week.
3 cups fresh organic nettle leaves
4 garlic cloves
¾ cup pine nuts
¼ cup cold pressed organic olive oil
½ tsp Himalayan salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
To a near boiled pot of filtered water add the fresh nettles for one minute. Strain well and remove as much water out as possible. Add nettles to the food processor. Add garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, sea salt, and lemon juice. Pulse until smooth and creamy.
Medicine by the Plants, For the People!
~nettle infusion in the making~