Stinging Nettle

Nicole Mattingly

If I had to pick one herb to have on hand all the time it would be Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle is a nutritive herb. Nutritive herbs are known for being very nutrient dense and nourishing. Some of nettles nutrients include vitamins A, C, K, B, minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and phytonutrients such as chlorophyll, lutein, and beta-carotene. Some of the uses of this amazing plant are its ability to help detoxify, increase circulation, and alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies. I love to drink an infusion of this amazing herb every day for its nutritive boost. I make it a quart at a time and sip on it over the course of a couple of days.

To make this mineral-rich infusion, add one ounce of the plant to 1 quart of water and let steep overnight or about 8 hours, strain, and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Nettle is another herb that does well in our climate.

Add it to your garden in a shady, moist location with lots of room to spread, and you will have nettle for life!

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