The Wild Pharmacy

By Thursday, July 17, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

Another weed that just might be going unnoticed (just like dandelions!) is nettle. 

Nothing short of a health-boosting herb. Nettle has — since ancient times — been an important source of food, fiber, and pharmaceuticals.
Wild nettles contain an array of vital nutrients including: tannic acid, lecithin, chlorophyll, iron, silicic acid, lime, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and vitamins A + C.
To give you an idea of just how powerful this singular plant is, nettle has the potential to treat the following ailments – via the consciouslifenews.com

 

  • Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity

  • Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms

  • Nettle promotes a release from uric acid from joints

  • Helps support adrenal glands

  • Promote milk production in lactating women

  • Relieve menopausal symptoms

  • Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating

  • Helps break down kidney stones

  • Reduce hypertension

  • Support kidneys

  • Helps asthma sufferers

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Minimizes skin problems

  •  Lessens nausea

  • Cures the common cold

  • Helps with osteoarthritis

  • Alleviates diarrhea

  • Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation

  • Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash.

  • Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

  • Destroys intestinal worms + parasites

  • Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas


 

If harvesting wild nettle, be sure to cover up. I wear a sweater or jacket and gloves. If you get stung, nettle juice will ease the stinging of the rash brought on by contact with the plant’s own bristled leaves! 
Using a glove and knife, gather the young, tender plants in April or May when they’re about six inches tall, wash them in running water, place them, still dripping, in a saucepan, steam the greens, covered, for about 15 minutes then chop and serve the vegetable with salt, pepper, and butter, olive or coconut oil.
You can also dry the leaves on a rack or tray on the countertop until no moisture remains. Store in glass jars to enjoy a medicinal tea throughout the yesr. I love mixing nettle with peppermint.
Nettle can be found in most health food stores – either bulk or in the herbal tea section.
I believe this plant to be one of the most powerful foods available today.

Love,

Jenn

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My lunch bowl: dandelion leaves (top), mung bean sprouts, pink beet-infused sauerkraut + steamed nettle (bottom).

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