Nettle Infusion Recipes

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Many of my readers will know that I LOVE nettle infusions. They truly helped me so much with many of my adrenal related symptoms when I first started them. They also helped resolve my life-long anemia within a few months!

To recap the awesome qualities of nettles:

Stinging nettles can truly be considered a cure-all. They help with adrenal health, kidney and liver detox, blood sugar regulation, hormonal health, they help increase milk supply for nursing mothers, they help prevent and treat anemia, and they are a natural anti-histamine.

Why are nettles so great for all of these ailments? They are full of calcium, magnesium, iron, B complex vitamins, C complex, vitamins A, D and K as well as protein, cobalt, trace minerals, potassium, iodine, boron, manganese, zinc, copper and sulphur.

You can read my entire post on nettle infusions here.

In our world of depleted soils and weak bodies, we NEED all of the nutrition we can get. Herbal infusions can be a huge helper for those that need to replenish several nutrients.  Isolated nutrient supplements can create even more imbalances over time, but since herbal infusions are FOOD, they are better utilized by the body and they already have a natural balance between the nutrients they contain.

The only downside to nettles is the taste! They have a very “green” taste to them, almost like cooked spinach.  When I first started them, I was willing to do anything to get better so I just dealt with the taste. After a few days I actually grew to love the taste, and I craved them. But I know that the taste is so hard to get around for most people so I wanted to get together a few recipes to help make nettles more enjoyable.

Nettle Recipes

I adapted my own recipe from this Herbal Kool-Aid recipe that Lydia at Divine Health made.

To make my version: Steep one ounce (one cup) of dried nettles and a quarter cup of dried hibiscus in a quart of hot water for at least 4 hours- leaving it overnight is perfect. Strain the herbs and reheat it just enough to melt 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey (1 tablespoon of honey tastes the best for those extra-picky drinkers).  Voila, you have a delicious “juice”!

Nettles with mint and clover

Fresh Nettles, Dandelion and Birch Infusion

Dandelion and Nettle Infusions or Decotions

Or get brave and cook with nettles: Nettle Food Recipes

Whatever way you choose, just make sure you try them!

Already using nettles and want to look into other herbal infusions? Check out my post to read about red clover, comfrey leaf, red raspberry leaf, and oatstraw!

Other ideas for flavoring nettles (thanks to my awesome Mavens!):

  • Add 1/4 cup of cranberry juice per quart of nettles
  • With warm with coconut milk (canned) and raw honey
  • With Blueberry herbal tea and raw honey
  • Lemon or lime squeezed in, splash of apple cider vinegar and some honey or maple syrup makes it lemonade-ish
  • Mix with red raspberry or oatstraw (do 1/2 cup of 2 herbs in one quart of water)
  • Some add molasses, maple syrup, or raw honey
  • use in Kombucha brewing
  • mixed with alfalfa then add juice like tart cherry then a splash of maple syrup and wedge of lemon and a ton of ice
  • add anise seed, stevia leaf, and thyme.

And: “Bulletproof” nettles
8-12oz nettles warmed up
2 raw eggs
1 scoop Collagen
2T coconut oil
1T butter
1T MCT oil
Ceylon cinnamon
Stevia
Blend away

6 Replies to “Nettle Infusion Recipes”

  1. Love your blog i just discovered Sassy ! i am a french parisian naturopatist totally devoted to ancestral foods and remedy. Not the fashion here, veganism is becoming an incredible fad and create disasters after a somewhat “honey moon” frantic period (getting rid of toxins probably). I d love to be in touch with you as i do share your concerns about : synthetic vitamin D toxicity, copper dysregulation, first attention to all kind of dysbiosis. I do believe in Weston Price recommandations and specific diets/cures such as SCD and adapted GAPS and imagine you do so…. I have a FB page at Claude Isabelle Vieillard and here is my email : civieillard@gmail.com
    Sincerely Claudisa

  2. Hi Kristin!

    Why do you think it helped with your anemia? I’ve been anemic for 10 years now. I do drink nettle tea, although need to up my daily intake.

    Also, is it just as healthy leaving it soak for 4 hours, vs overnight? I like the taste so much better when it soaks for 4 hours.

    Thank you for everything 🙂

    Christy

    1. Hi Christy! The nettles along with introducing grass-fed beef in my diet were both a tag-team for healing my lifelong anemia. My ferritin was always around 10 ish since I was a teen. About 4 months after introducing nettles into my diet I tested my iron and ferritin and they were both perfect for the first time in my life. I was doing the nettle infusions (not just tea) daily, usually a quart a day.

      And yes, 4 hours is perfect. Most just like to do it before bed and let it sit overnight since it’s so easy 🙂

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