Stinging Nettle Doesn't Suck!
Stinging Nettle Doesn't Suck!
stinging nettle

Latin Name: Urtica dioica
Plant Family: Urticaceae
Character: astringent, slight bitter taste, cool, dry
Constituents: vitamins A, B, C, histamine, formic acid, serotonin, tannins, potassium, iron, sodium, calcium, formic acid, mucilage, mineral salts,
Actions: astringent, diuretic, nutritive, lowers blood sugar levels, promotes milk flow, stops bleeding, circulatory stimulant
Parts used: aerial parts, root
Harvest while flowering.  Harvest the root in the fall

At first I admit, stinging nettle was intimidating. I mean, have you ever stepped barefoot in a patch of it? Or just grazed your hand against the leaves? OUCH. And the sting doesn’t stop, it lingers. I heard nettle was good for allergies. I, suffering from allergies, decided to do some research. Through the course of my studies, I fell in love with stinging nettle. I found out you can drink it, eat it, and make medicines from it. The infusion, or tea, turns into a beautiful green color.

A little about nettle:

  • Stinging Nettle has a high vitamin C content and it helps ensure that iron is properly absorbed by the body.
  • Nettle stings because of histamine and formic acid in the hairs that trigger the familiar allergic response.
  • Caesar’s troops introduced the Roman nettle into Britain believing they needed to flail themselves with nettles to keep warm.
  • A standard folk remedy for arthritis and rheumatism is urtication, beating with nettles.
  • Nettle root is traditionally used to treat hair loss and dandruff.
  • Drink the infusion as a tonic and for allergies.  (and it’s super yummy)
  • Use the tincture for arthritic conditions, heavy uterine bleeding, and skin issues.
  • Make a compress by soaking a pad in the tincture and apply to painful arthritic joints, sprains, tendinitis, gout, and sciatica.
  • Apply the nettle ointment to hemorrhoids.
  • The wash is good to apply to insect bites, burns, and wounds.
  • The powdered leaves can be used as an herbal snuff for nosebleeds.

Who would have thought nettle would be so beneficial in the kitchen? Not only can you make nettle tea, but nettle lemonade and nettle beer. I like to throw stinging nettle in a stir fry of mushrooms and garlic. Once cooked down, it loses its sting, so don’t worry about hurting your tongue and throat. Nettle is also very mineral rich, I love to add it in bone broths and soups.

How about nettle pesto?

Nettles Pesto Recipe taken from Elana’s Pantry
http://www.elanaspantry.com/nettles-pesto/

  • 2 cups stinging nettles leaves, packed
  • 1 cup basil leaves, packed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

Place the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

A lot of herbalists tap in to the spiritual and emotional properties of plants. The spirit of the plant is just as important as the physical part of the plant. For true health is whole, and wholeness encompasses all, spirit and matter.

Spiritual & Emotional Properties of Nettle

  • Energetically the action of Stinging Nettle is deep.
  • The nettle plant helps to heal the energy around bitterness and scorn.
  • Stinging Nettle is a great elixir to ease any type of emotional pain experienced in the present.
  • It helps bring one out of a state of selfishness.
  • Nettle helps with possessive, obsessive, and controlling people.
  • Stinging Nettle can bring about a change of heart in a person.

Nettle is excellent for grounding and aligns your source of power with that of Divine Right.

Nettles Plant Spirit Prayer – from the great book, “Plant Spirit Journey” by Laura Silvana
“O loving kindness, drench the fires of our bitterness and scorn.  Weep not, for the ills of the human heart can only be appeased by your unbounded, gracious love.”

Get past the sting and see what nettle can do for you.

 

Amy Riddle comes in incense and patchouli. Some know her as, “The Spirit Dancer”. Amy The Spirit Dancer resides in her hippie-healing-dream town, Asheville, North Carolina. She has a bachelor’s in alternative medicine, and lives and breathes herbs. She is completely in love with her boyfriend Chris, claiming he has the tastiest nuts in town-he has his own organic boiled peanut business. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery. Amy The Spirit Dancer creates jewelry, candles, medicine, and words to soothe your soul. Find her blogs at http://blog.bannertherapy.com/

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