🌿 N E T T L E S 🌿
Nettles, or stinging nettles, are often seen as a pest and a nuisance primarily because of their “sting”. Some people are highly allergic to stinging nettles but a tea made from nettle leaves, is actually known to soothe the reaction!
For most of us, the sting is mild or avoidable. We grow these in our garden and when it’s time to pick them, we just snip them off into the salad bowl and minimize handling them. They have a furry leaf which, tbh, is not very appealing to me which is why I prefer to hide this healing medicine in other foods. (My mom eats them in eeeverything, she is obsessed with bitter herbs. I am little further behind on that 😅)
Why should we bother with these unappealing stingy plants? Lots of reasons!
🌿nettles are high in nutrients, minerals and vitamins: iron, calcium, magnesium, chlorophyll, protein, vitamins A, B, C, D, K
🌿they assist with symptoms of hormone imbalance like PMS, painful or heavy periods
🌿help to regulate a young woman’s cycle
🌿soothe the symptoms of menopause
🌿prevents hemorrhaging during childbirth, and generally for stopping blood flow
🌿increases the flow and nutrient density of breast milk
🌿helps reduce water retention
🌿a remedy for bladder and urinary issues
I can’t say I love the taste and texture of this plant, but I do love it’s healing properties! My trick for eating things I don’t like? Hide them! Here are my favorite places to hide nettles:
🌿in a blended broccoli soup
🌿in a herbal tea mixed with strong delicious flavors
🌿in a pesto
🌿as the bitter herb replacement in falafels or hummus
What is your experience with nettles? Do you have them in your diet or would you rather keep them out of the kitchen?
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