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.
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 Infusion Recipe Ideas
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”
My name is Kristin, and I've been on the path to help people achieve better health using whole food nutrition, mineral balancing, and holistic healing principles for almost 7 years now. The body is a whole and we must treat it as such! I have my Bachelor of Science in Natural Health Sciences, certificates in Herbal Studies from Herbal Academy, and I am constantly learning more about health to help my clients and followers.