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

  • 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 year. 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.