Green With Envy

by heather in Infusion Recipe Wellness at April 23, 2014

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Nettle Weighing

If there is one drink I ever do crave for all the right reasons, it would definitely be a Nettle infusion. As is the case with most people that integrate a regular nettle infusion into their routine, I found myself to have much more energy, stamina and alertness. Some people also see a decrease in seasonal allergies, inflammation and more. The benefits are lengthy.

Once I started, I began craving this rich, grassy flavored green drink. For me, when I’m craving something (unless it is a cupcake) it means that there is something beneficial in there that my body needs. It took me some time to listen to my cues like this, now I’m intentionally tuning in to ensure my own wellness and working with others to help them develop this skill in listening to their own cues.

Nettle is a powerhouse plant packed with vitamin and mineral goodness. Because these minerals are in colloidal form (absorbed in plant material), they are highly bio-available for the body to absorb readily. I’ve found that I prefer to take in the whole plant and reap the rewards of all it’s beneficial goodness. The phytochemicals, or plant nutrients, and vitamins join forces to provide a much more effective health benefit than the nutrient taken alone. Which, for me, means I pitched all of my multivitamins (which are much harder for the body to absorb) in favor of a regular nettle infusion.

Nettles contain Calcium, Chromium, Cobalt, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Riboflavin, Rutin, Selenium, Thiamine, Trace Minerals, Zinc. Just to name a few, phew! Nettles are also a great source of vitamins A, C and E, B complex vitamins and beta-carotene and are also 10 percent protein, the most of any other vegetable.

Nettles are highly anti-inflammatory. With the inflammatory lifestyles that many of us lead, Nettle is a welcome relief to all the inflammation that we must manage on a daily basis. Because of this anti-inflammatory benefit, Nettle can be particularly helpful with allergic rhinitis, arthritis pain and much more. The con­cen­tra­tion of B vit­a­mins pro­vide sup­port for relax­ation and bal­anc­ing stress chem­i­cals in the body. High lev­els of bio-available cal­cium and mag­ne­sium help to bal­ance the body and main­tain the proper pH level in the blood as well as sup­port bone growth. Nettle is often used as an anti-cancer herb in other countries.

If you follow the legendary herbalist Susun Weed, you’ve certainly heard mention of her Nourishing Herbal Infusions. Which is, of course, where I’ve taken inspiration from. I drink an infusion every day, whenever possible. Nettle has become my fast favorite, but there are others that she recommends that have their very own benefits.

It’s simple to add a Nettle infusion into your routine. Simply prepare the infusion prior to bed and it will be waiting for you in the morning. I purchase organic dried Nettle in bulk quantities from Mountain Rose Herbs, however, it is widely available elsewhere (just be sure that the dried Nettle is green in color) or fresh Nettle can be foraged (just be mindful of the fact that this plant stings when you touch it).

1 Ounce (by weight) of dried or fresh Stinging Nettle
1 Quart of boiling water
1/2″ Licorice root or a pinch of Marshmallow Root (Optional: Include if you tend to have dry mouth, skin or eyes)
A pinch of dried mint or sea salt (Optional: Choose one or the other for taste)

Weigh 1 ounce of dried Nettle leaf with a kitchen scale. Add licorice or marshmallow if desired or mint or sea salt to taste. Pour 1 quart of just boiling water atop (you can use a quart sized mason jar or a french press). Cover tightly and steep for at least four hours (preferably overnight).

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Heather Bruntil is an herbalist living in the greater Boston area. Heather is committed to empowering others to take their health into their own hands. In her own healing from chronic Lyme Disease, she learned how simple and accessible tools such as herbs, food, and lifestyle changes cultivate wellness and vitality from within. Heather is committed to helping others find their way along their own path to live their most vital and empowered life. Heather is also the founder of PlantSoak, a line of handcrafted herbal wellness bath and shower soaks. ____________ The information published on is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Some links listed within this site may be affiliate links, which support me to continue blogging. All products linked are those I would personally use.

Comments (4)
  1. Bonnie Walden     | Reply

    You mention “fresh” nettles. Remember, fresh nettles, if you try to collect them yourself are highly inflammatory on your skin–can cause quite a painful rash as I experienced once when I accidentally brushed against them while raspberry picking. Once they have been boiled, the harmful toxin releases.

    1. heather - Post Author     | Reply

      True, Bonnie. Many people are surprised to be stung by Nettle. Good warning! But, did you know that some people use the sting as a topical treatment for arthritis? They actually lash themselves with nettles in order to get a histamine response. It’s been stated, anecdotally, If they can stand the initial discomfort they find sustained relief of their arthritis. I found that very interesting! Here is a link to a study where topical application was tested as an arthritis treatment.

    1. heather - Post Author     | Reply

      While Nettle is known to have gentle restorative laxative effects, I haven’t experienced or heard from anyone with bodily responses out of the ordinary. Of course, if you have concern (or digestive/elimination issues) be certain to check with your healthcare practitioner and/or drink small amounts at a time until your bodily response can be determined.

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