Stinging Nettles : Springtime Herbal Ally #1
“Plug into the energy of the Earth!”
Stinging Nettle Speaks in Susan Weeds’, Healing Wise- a volume of The Wise Woman Herbal series. Susan Weed, is an American herbalist, author, and director of Wise Woman Center. Stinging Nettle begins to pop up in the wild in the early spring. It’s characteristic sting occurs when handling the herb barehanded & the tiny blades on the outer leaf cause a pins and needles stinging sensation. Although only a temporary pain, the Nettle is asking you to listen to what it has to say.
The deep hued green of the leaves let us know that Nettle is rich with chlorophyll, along with calcium, iron, trace minerals, vitamins, and proteins. This rich green hue comes out every so deeply as the Nettle is used in an herbal infusion. A herbal infusion, is a highly concentrated method to extract the goodness out of dried herbs, usually with boiling water. Nettle infusion is best measured as 2 cups dried Nettles to 2 quarts boiling water. Once the water is added, the infusion takes 4-6 hours to work it’s magic. As the amazing emerald color fills your jar, you have completed round 1. Nettles in their lovely hardiness, can be infused in this method 2 or 3 times with the same 2 cups of herbs. After each round, marrying the jars will lead to a sustainable amount. This radiant creation can then be refrigerated and drunk 1-2 times a day.
A daily Nettle tonic, as an everyday nourisher, is wonderful in springtime. It may offer:
Allergy relief, act as an energetic changer, kidney/adrenal tonic, digestive restorative, respiratory strengthener, ally for women, & a hair/skin nutritive.
Susan Weed refers to Nettle, as “the milk of your Mother, the Earth.” It helps to tonify blood, lubricate joints, and make hair and skin glow. Allow Nettles to increase your chi force, sense of self worth, and a balance of hormones. Ms. Weed provides recipes and tonics for the daily use of Nettle. Her book is truly worth the read, as it also educates on our other green allies.
Here at Good Medicine Enterprises, two of our Original, Organic, Herbal Wellness Teas are blended with Nettle. Mama Earth is a “nourishing support for healthy pregnancy” and Iron Maiden is an “iron rich and totally righteous herbal fortification.”
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