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Stinging Nettles Infusion

nettles

Nettles infusion is the Ultimate green drink!  Stinging Nettles ( Urtica dioica) are a nutritional powerhouse, yet gentle enough to drink daily.  Yes, this is the same common weed that will sting you when the leaves come into contact with your skin. Those fine hairs on the leaves, no longer sting when dried. Voila! From stinging plant when fresh, to medicinal herb when dried.   Here is the nutrient breakdown from world renowned Herbalist and author Susun Weed ;

Nettle Nutrition

“Nettle is a superior source of protein; 10 percent by weight.

Nettle is a rich storehouse of  readily-absorbable minerals, trace minerals, and micro-nutrients:

calcium (1000 mg per quart of infusion)

magnesium (300 mg per quart of infusion)

potassium (600 mg per quart of infusion)

zinc (1.5 mg per quart of infusion)

selenium (.7 mg per quart of infusion)

iron (15 mg per quart of infusion)

manganese (2.6 mg per quart of infusion)

plus chromium, cobalt, phosphorus, copper, sulphur, silicon, and tin.

Nettle is super-charged with vitamins:

Vitamin A (5000 IU per quart of infusion)

Vitamin B complex, especially thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate

Plus Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K ”

While only  the  leaves and stalks are used for infusions,  the seeds and roots are also edible and medicinal and have other uses.  Juliette de Bairacli Levy, grandmother  of herbal medicine had this to say of nettles;  “The whole plant is powerful medicine from the roots to the seeds”

Stinging Nettles have a long history of medicinal use in Europe and may have an even longer history of use in China and even Mexico. The plant was also used as an excellent fiber for clothing and the stalks as rope.

The medicinal uses are so numerous, that if I were to list them all, it would take up a few pages and you likely would not make it to the instructions on how to make this green elixir! In addition to the traditional and folk uses, there are now studies that corroborate some of these uses. Here is a smattering of what nettles is known to be used for; Gout, allergies, hay fever, eczema, joint pain, BPH and urinary issues,  and increasing milk production in nursing mothers. Nettles on their own or together with red raspberry leaf and oatstraw, as an infusion are a natural nutritional  boost to pregnant mamas!

I have included some resources at the bottom, for those of you that want more in depth information about the history and medicinal uses of stinging nettles.

So, what do nettles taste like?  Cooked nettles taste similar to spinach. Powdered nettle leaf can be used in place of spirulina or other green powdered supplements for energy in smoothies or as tea.  The infusion, a mineral rich, emerald drink is not bitter not tart, but slightly green and delicious, really mild tasting.  It can be sweetened with honey, combined with other herbal infusions, other herbs like hibiscus, lemongrass or even with mint and ice.  Add spices and coconut or other milk and you have nettles latte!  Add to a fruit smoothie or natural fruit juice like cranberry and pour into molds  and freeze for a cold tasty treat, kids love.

Infusion recipe

1 ounce by weight of dried nettle herb. I get mine here

1 quart jar

boiling water

put the 1 oz of dried nettles in the quart jar and fill to the top with boiling water, stir and cover. Steep for at least 4 hours, even overnight. Strain the herb out and the infusion is ready for drinking.  nettles infusion should be refrigerated, right away and is good for up to two days.

Have you used stinging nettles for anything? what are some of your favorite nettle combinations? I would love to hear.

 

Resources ;  Susun Weed – Healing wise

http://nourishingherbalinfusions.com/Nettle.html

https://draxe.com/stinging-nettle/

https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/nettle-leaf/profile

 

 

 

 

 

Onion Honey

imageOnion Honey syrup is a true old fashioned, time-tested home remedy! I love using simple remedies that are easy to make from ingredients you probably have at home, or are easy to find in stores.  Onion honey has traditionally been used as a cough syrup, but is also used for colds and as  an immune boost,  helping to prevent that cough in the first place. It is especially good for that annoying tickling cough. Both onions and honey have healing qualities. Onions  are known to have anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties, while honey  is soothing and  healing. Honey also has medicinal properties, in fact  the “survival Dr.” James Hubbard M.D.,M.P.H. recommends honey as a safe and effective cough syrup for children  over one year of age. He also cites a study  on his  blog here ,  http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com/2012/08/09/new-details-on-safest-cough-medicine/

There are many variations to this recipe , you can add herbs and even garlic.  I recommend that you experiment with it and find which one works best for you and your family. One of my favorites is with fresh thyme, rosemary or sage.  Your little ones may not love the taste with the added herbs, so for them you might want to stick with the simple onion-honey-syrup. Remember, you can always  use it as a delicious glaze for chicken or add a little to some homemade salad dressing with balsamic vinegar and fresh garlic. Yum!

Without further ado lets get to the recipe;

  • 1 organic onion (this is medicinal so organic is important here)
  • Raw honey

Cut onion in half  and slice into thin moons. Put the onion in a stainless steel, cast iron or glass pan and cover with the honey.

Optional additions;

  • Fresh herbs, like thyme, sage, rosemary or oregano.
  • or
  • Dried herbs, like mullein, marshmallow, licorice or slippery elm.
  • sliced raw garlic
  • 1-2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1-2 tsp fresh grated tumeric

Gently warm on a very low heat, until honey softens and liquefies. Remove from heat and keep covered for another 30 minutes. After it has cooled you can  strain into a glass jar, cover and label. This can be kept for several weeks and even longer ( If you don’t finish it first) in the refrigerator.

There is no real dosage, but a general suggestion is 1 tsp for kids and 1 Tbsp for adults. Take up to 4-5 times a day or  when needed.

Please remember not to give honey to infants under one year of age.

What’s your favorite onion honey?  Do you also  eat it by the spoonful like me, just because you love the taste?