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Nettles (Urtica dioica)
Well known for it’s sting, nettle has long been appreciated for its nutritive and medicinal properties.
Medicinal Uses of:
- Tonic-helps improve general health and well being through many actions
- Helps skin conditions, arthritic conditions, especially where poor kidney function and fluid retention feature – due to cleansing and diuretic properties.
- Slows down bleeding – wounds, nosebleeds, heavy periods.
- Reduces allergy symptoms – Hayfever, urticaria (hives), prickly heat, eczema, bites.
- Also help anaemia, increase breast milk production.
- Used to treat enlarged prostate (BPH)
- Urinary strengthener- reduce retention, stop bleeding, reduce discomfort
- Hair and scalp tonic- dandruff, scalp infections and hair loss
- Hair and skin tonic
- Nourish the thyroid gland
- Energises immune system
Nutritional Value of Nettle:
In general it is a great source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
High potassium –
Iron – blood tonic
Vitamin C- immune support
Chlorophyll – supports serotonin production
Chromium, cobalt, phosphorous, zinc, copper, sulphur, B vitamins and Vit A, D, K.
Nettle can be picked and cooked as a vegetable, like spinach.
Preparations and instructions
Use 1-2 teaspoons of dried nettle leaf in a tea-ball or infuser, cover with boiled water, allow to stew for 10 minutes and drink.
If using fresh nettle, wash leaves and put a handful into a teapot or pot with lid, cover with boiled water and allow to stew for 10 minutes before drinking.
For a stronger solution, use the same quantities as above but put herb into a pot, cover with water (just more than a cups worth), cover and simmer for 5-10mins – The longer the stronger!. Strain and drink.
Collect your nettles, wash and remove any thick fibrous stalks. Rough chop or tear the plant material up. Put in blender, (a stick blender also works but takes a little more water and time), add a splash of water, zap until smooth. Add more water if needed to get it going. Drink 5-15 ml 1-3 times daily, store remaining juice in fridge and use within 2 days.
This recipe give you a double hit of nettley goodness but ty and keep the sugar content as low as you can.
You can stay at the nettle vinegar stage if you want some nettle goodness with no added sugar.
Soup -there are lots of online recipes-play until you find the taste and consistency you like.
Half carrier bag nettle leaf
50g butter/or some oil
1 large onion or 12 wild garlic bulbs
1 litre veg or chicken stock
1 large potato
1 Large carrot
Sea salt and ground pepper
2 tbls creme fraiche (optional)
Few drop extra virgin oil
Few drops tabasco sauce
Wash nettles and drain
Melt butter (oil) in large saucepan, add onion and gently cook for 5-7min
Add stock, nettle, potato, carrot and cook gently for aprox 15min
Pour into bowl, add few drops Olive oil, tabasco and some creme Fraiche.
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