Nettle Plant Tonic Recipe
Stinging Nettle Plant ~
Nettle stings are often the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of nettles and not nettle tea or nettle plant tonics.
The fact it is thought of as one of the most remarkable gifts of nature we have will surprise many.
Surrounded by thousands of nettles since moving to the countryside, got me thinking of ways to utilize this wonder plant known as Urtica Dioica that has long been a plant I have avoided on purpose.
The amount of nettle stings I have had would be impossible to count over the years.
The nettle plant has been in existence since prehistoric times and it is said that if it had not been for the nettle stings, it would have been extinct long ago.
Animals and Insects would have destroyed the nettle had it not been for its ability to sting as a defence mechanism.
American Stinging Nettle
Nettle Plant Benefits ~
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties
- Diuretic Properties
- Contains Vitamins A, B2, C, E and K
- Contains Iron, Calcium and Magnesium, Silica, Folic Acid and Amino Acids
- Contains Fatty Acids, Phosphates and Beta-Carotene
- Anti- Anaemic, Anti-Diabetic and Haemostatic Properties
- Rheumatic Conditions
- Arthritic Conditions
- Regulates Blood Sugar
- Improves Circulation
- Strengthens Immune System
- Fights Fatigue
Avoiding A Nettle Sting ~
The best way of avoiding getting stung is to wear long gloves, sleeves and trousers when going to cut your leaves.
Go armed with a scissors and snip the top of the plant directly into a saucepan (jar, juicer or whatever container you are using).
They are at their best when young and bright green before they get too tall or start to flower. Cut off the tops including the stem as it is also extremely beneficial to use.
If you do get stung, rub a dock leaf (if handy) over it or apply an anti-itch cream such as an antihistamine, hydrocortisone or calamine lotion.
By Charlie Cheesman
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Nettle Plant Recipes ~
Nettles may be used in many different ways that benefit the entire body from head to toe and not just used in a tonic form. They are one of the best examples of edible plants growing in the wild that foragers will know well.
Here are a few different suggestions to make the most out of your nettle plants.
As with any new remedies being introduced to the body, caution should always be taken. A cup or two of nettle tea is enough to start with for anyone new to this and it should be first checked with your doctor.
This is essential for anyone under medication of any description or with a known medical condition to avoid any adverse reaction to the tea.
Ever tried a nettle tonic?
Different Nettle Tea Methods
Nettle Tea Recipe ~
- Use approximately 1 cup of fresh nettle leaves to make 1-2 cups of tea.
- Add 2 cups of water into a saucepan with your nettle leaves and bring to near boiling. Reduce heat and allow simmer for a few minutes.
- Pour the tea through a strainer and it is now ready to drink.
- Add a little sugar if you prefer it sweeter.
- For stronger tea allow to simmer longer. For weaker tea add more water when bringing to near boiling.
- The leaves may be eaten with a little butter on top or even added into soups and stews. Make sure to taste a tiny piece first to make sure the sting has gone.
Nettle Tea Benefits
- Urinary Inflammation
- Slight Laxative effect useful in depurative remedies
- Diabetes as it lowers the sugar levels
- Eliminates viruses
- Blood Purifier
- Lowers High Blood Pressure
- Kidney stones
- Cleans out Intestinal tract
Easy Nettle Infusion
Nettle Infusion Recipe ~
- Bring a litre of water to the boil and let cool slightly.
- Add a large bunch of fresh nettles, 1 cup of dried nettles or 4 nettle teabags to a teapot or thick glass jar (make sure the glass will take the heat and not break).
- Pour over the water and put the lid on or screw lid tightly.
- Leave to infuse for 5-10 hours or even overnight.
- Strain off the leaves.
- You now have a super rich and beneficial elixir you can drink throughout the day. Aim for at least 2-4 cups if not all of the drink. The nettle infusion does not have a long shelf life and may start to spoil after 36 hours, depending on room temperature.
If you have trouble finishing it or it starts to spoil, use it as a fantastic hair rinse. It will give the hair a wonderful shine, be thickening, strengthening, nourishing and is brilliant for controlling dandruff.
Plants may even be watered with this infusion to give them an additional boost.
Nettle Infusion Benefits
- Great detox for the body
- Replaces lost iron for women during menstruating
- During pregnancy
- Promotes milk production during breastfeeding
Nettle Plant Puree
Nettle Facts and Trivia ~
- A tissue of the plant was found in a tomb dating back to the Bronze Age in Denmark.
- Nettles have been used in the Textile Industry for example they were used to make the uniforms of the German army during the First World War.
- In the Neolithic period, nettle stems were used to make strings.
- Caesar’s army brought back the nettle plant from England to Italy.
- In folk medicine, it is said by placing fresh nettle leaves directly onto the skin over the kidneys will induce a stinging and burning sensation which will have a dramatic effect of easing severe rheumatic pain. This practice is known as urticaria.
- Nettles grow in the same place each year.
- Nettle season is spring through summer and then they die away during autumn winter.
- Stinging nettle has a flavour similar to spinach and cucumber when cooked.
- Native Americans harvested and cooked young nettle plants in spring and ate as a cooked plant when other food was scarce.
- Nettles are used in dishes such as polenta, puree, pesto, soup and stew.
- They have been used as flavouring in Gouda cheese.
- Certain Nettle extracts has been used by body-builders in an effort to increase free testosterone.
- Folk remedies for treating the itching a stinging nettle gives include; horsetail, mud, saliva, dock leaf, dandelion, onion, oil, lemon juice and baking soda.
- Nettles may be made into alcoholic beer, a favourite in rural areas of The British Isles.
- Nettle Juice, Nettle Smoothies, Nettle Lemonade and Nettle Orange Juice may all be easily made at home.
- There is a world nettle eating championship held yearly in England that attracts contestants from all over the world.
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