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Nettle leaf tea is something I went many a year without knowing about, perhaps you’re in the same boat I was in. Get ready my friend!
Almost all of my life I’ve viewed stinging nettles as, well, a stinging nettle. I mean, those suckers can pack a zinger. Building forts as kids we always managed to get zapped by one of those pesky plants. They like to invade the yard and are a nuisance. Or so I thought.
Nettle leaf is truly amazing. It is packed, I mean packed with vitamins and minerals. It can be sauteed with some butter and garlic or used in soups and stews.
Harvest nettle leaves in the spring. It’s preferable to harvest the leaves before the nettles go to seed. Wear gloves and protective clothing, longs sleeves, pants, etc. Always harvest leaves where there’s no worry of chemicals or weed spray, aka, not next to a busy road way, or any road way that’s maintained by the county or government, it’s most likely been sprayed or has pollution from motor vehicles.
Rinse off nettle leaves. Lay out to dry on an absorbent towel.
I like a cup in the morning and a cup in the evening.
You can dry nettle leaves as you would any herb. Here’s my tutorial on drying herbs.
Not convinced you want to pick these prickly stingers yourself? No problem, you can order nettle leaves in bulk here.
Or grab it in premade tea bags to try it out first. Nettle Leaf Tea Bags
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional or doctor. None of the statements on this site are approved by the FDA. If you have any concerns or questions, please consult your medical physician before use.
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.
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