Stinging Nettle(Urtica dioica) is one of the best herbs in the world for increasing energy without wiring your nerves, like caffeine. Nettle strengthens the adrenals, allowing you to tolerate more stress with less harm. And it nourishes your immune system too!
This month, it is all about nourishing your immune system so you can stay healthy during this crazy, everybody-has-the-flu time of the year. Last week I posted a recipe for Elderberry Syrup or Elixir as I like to call it. Add this following recipe for Nettle Infusion to your daily repetoire and you will feel invigorated in just a few days.
This is one plant I cannot wait to plant this year. I don’t care if it covered in tiny, stinging needles!!! I will wear gloves, just like when picking blackberries.
Nourishing Nettle Infusion
Measure out one ounce of dried nettle leaf, this will be about one cup!
Add the nettle to a glass, quart jar. Add boiling water to the jar, filling to the top. Cover and steep for 4 hours, or overnight. Strain. Drink one cup per day and consume within 3 days. You can drink it cold or hot and with or without honey. Personally, I find it alittle too green without honey so I add honey to a bit of hot water, mix and add to my glass of tea with a wedge of lemon. Mmmmmmm….good!
Nettle is rich in protein(10%), anti-cancer selenium, immune-enhancing sulphur, zinc, chromium, and boron. A quart of nettle infusion contains more than 1000 milligrams of calcium, 15000 IU of vitamin A, 760 milligrams of vitamin K and lavish amounts of most B vitamins. Wow this packs a punch!
Until you have your own plants, you can buy nettle leaf in bulk at Mountain Rose Herbs for a really good price. Use the following link to take you right there:
Notes taken from Susan Weed’s link below: