My husband and I have been indulging in a new afternoon habit. Drinking a large mug of stinging nettle tea with a spoonful of honey. (Do I hear groans of disappointment?)
Came across it on a YouTube video with my favourite herbalist Susun Weed. It was supposed to be especially good for menopause symptoms and to give energy. Seeing as I have a habit lately of falling asleep anywhere at any time without warning, I thought that it wouldn’t hurt.
I found a good supplier online and ordered a huge jumbo pack of organic dried nettle. (Next week I’m going to try picking them myself. There is a link below to a great guide on how to harvest them yourself and I will let you know how it goes)
Susun Weed has a wonderful YouTube video Here on how to make a Nettle tea infusion. Add boiling water to the nettle and leave to brew for four hours. I make a large batch and when cool it goes in the fridge for the next couple of days. It’s as simple as that. The taste, in my opinion is very morish and one of the nicest teas I have tasted
I can say that I do have more energy, although I still like my afternoon nap when I can get one ( I think that is the natural human body clock so I have an excuse) but the fantastic thing is for the first time, I have gone through several months with no allergy symptoms whatsoever. No itchy eyes, sneezing, nothing! This is amazing as I have always suffered with pollen and dust allergies. Nettle is naturally an antihistamine and anti inflammatory, so an unforeseen bonus.
I have included some links below with more on picking, drying and using stinging nettle. It is a truly fantastic herb (A lot of people would call it a weed which is a shame) I’m finding out more personal benefits as I go along. As with any herbal preparation or supplement please consult with your doctor or naturopath before taking.
*Packed with vitamins and minerals. A, B, C, K, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, amino acids and protein
*Good for sensitive skin. eczema and insect bites. The juice can be used to treat warts. A natural astringent. Very nutritive for the skin. Used in commercial toners and cleansers. For beauty inside and out.
*Strengthens the adrenal glands and thyroid glands. Balances hormones.
*Internal cleansing. Removes toxins, purifies blood. Helps with urinary tract infections.
*Diuretic. Helps with bloating and menstrual cramps.
*A perfect rinse for oily hair and dandruff. Helps restore the original colour of hair. Clairol uses more than 40 tonnes of nettle as a hair conditioner. It regenerates the scalp and reverses hair loss.
*Relieves menopause symptoms. “Nourish your post-menopausal adrenals with nettle infusion and they’ll produce enough estrogen to keep you looking and feeling juicy” Susun Weed
*Controls heart rate and blood pressure.
*Eases arthritis, joint pain. Can be applied externally as well.
*Can be used as a mouthwash to remove plaque and help gingivitis.
*Good for digestion. Nausea, gas, bloating, intestinal worms and parasites.
*Especially for men. German research has found that nettle reduces enlarged prostates and helps in the treatment of prostate cancer. Reduces belly fat as well as reducing hair loss.
*Gives you lots of energy!!
One of the best things about it is that it is plentiful and free (Be sure to follow the guidelines below in the links) It’s very versatile, teas, soups, even pesto!
There is so much that stinging nettle gives, everybody should be taking it everyday. Can definitely be called an ‘Anti Ageing Superfood!’
How to harvest Stinging Nettles Here. An excellent resource
Dr Axe on proven stinging nettle benefits Here
Buttoneers. The benefits of nettle are so numerous, I could write pages. If there is a specific area that you need more advice on let me know below. Maybe I can provide some helpful links for you.
Also if you have discovered the wonders of nettle, tell all!