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The Stinging Truth about Stinging Nettles

By Fredrica Syren:
The other day someone told me they found stinging nettle and I could barely contain my excitement. Stingingnettle is one of the earliest green plants to emerge each spring in many cold climates and is worth the hard work of finding them, picking them without getting a rash, and then taking care of them. Here is a great web site with information on how to find, identify and pick stinging nettle.

Nettle
can be used in so many ways. First and foremost, it’s a delicacy that is also super nutritional and contains chlorophyll, which makes it a superfood. But nettle can be used also as a natural fertilizer for the garden and food for chickens.

Chicken Feed

To make chicken feed, dry the nettles before feeding the chickens nettle flakes.

Fertilizer for Garden

To make fertilizer, make sure to use only nettle leaves without seeds or you will end up with nettle growing in your garden. Cover a bucketful with water and let sit for 3-5 days, depending how warm it is. (Warmer=shorter soaking time). Use it to water plants.

Nettle Tea

Stinging nettle can be dried and used as a tea. It contains restorative elements which boost the immune system. Nettle contains lots of vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium and iron. During my pregnancy and after giving birth, I drank nettle tea to boost my iron level. To make dried tea, dry nettle leaves on low heat (I use a dehydrator) until completely dry, about 10 hours, then crumble them. To brew the tea, add 1 tsp. dried stinging nettle leaf to 16 oz. hot water. Steep for 2-3 minutes.

Allergy Relief

If, like my husband, you are suffering from seasonal allergies, stinging nettle can help. It contains compounds that actually inhibit histamine release and reduce inflammation. It’s recommended to drink 1 to 2 cups of nettle tea daily to help ease seasonal allergies.

Superfood Powder

Besides making nettle tea, I also like to make a superfood powder that I use in smoothies. I just put dried nettle leaves into a vitamixer and process until it’s a powder. Perfect for the morning smoothie.

Nettles in Food

As I said before, stinging nettle is a delicacy. Here are links to some of my favorite nettle recipes:

Nettle pestonasselsoppa

Nettle soup

Nettle Quiche

Nettle pancakes

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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4 comments

  1. Larraine Roulston

    Hi. I discovered I had nettles a couple of years ago and combined them with spinach.
    I tried to transplant some but didn’t have luck. Last year, none appeared. Can you purchase nettle seeds anywhere. Larraine

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