- Alicia Frosini
June 2019 Herb of the Month: Stinging Nettles!
Updated: Jun 28, 2019
Nettles is a wild plant found throughout North America, Europe, North Africa and Asia. It is found in moist woodland clearings, along fertile riverbanks, gardens, rivers and pastures.
Nettles are a nutritive herb, high in chlorophyll and iron. It is a wonderful potherb when steeped (the plant loses its sting when cooked). Its antihistamine and anti-inflammatory actions help to moderate allergic response. Nettles are also helpful for arthritis and gout and increase milk flow in nursing mothers. Cosmetically, nettle leaf can be used as a hair rinse to keep the hair and scalp healthy. It can be applied topically (not fresh) to eczema, poison ivy, rashes and insect stings.
Nettles can also be used to make a liquid fertilizer by steeping in water for several hours. Look for nettles in many of our herbal and therapeutic blends. It is also available as a dried herb and as a tincture.
Increase your energy with yerba maté and nettles. This healthy energizer strengthens the immune system, is nutritious, and is packed with antioxidants.
Add sweetness to your nettle with spearmint; for instance if your looking to make a "sweet tea."
Add outstraw to your nettle - a dynamic duo to strengthen your blood and calm the body by revitalizing and repairing the nervous system.