MAKING NETTLE TEA
Nettles … aaahhh nettles … the most amazing herb out there! It’s a blood builder, a blood cleanser, a galactagogue (milk producing herb), a yin strengthener, an energy-enhancer, immune-builder and it addresses the health of so many organ systems!
When I drink nettles, I experience an outpouring of consistent, underlying energy that supports me throughout the day. This is particularly noticeable when I start drinking this beautiful herb after a period of not drinking it. Then I ask myself, “Why, self, didn’t you drink this all the time?!”
Drink an infusion of nettles (tea brewed for several hours) to maintain a healthy immune system and good energy. Stinging nettles — considered a pesky garden weed — is a great all-year tonic and easily prepared using the dried plant. You can drink it every day, as much as you like.
To make an infusion, you will need:
>Nettles in bulk – dried, cut, sifted (not the tea bags).
>A large glass jar with a tight lid. Ball jars are best; the half-gallon size, gallon-sized iced tea jars work well, too.
1. Fill the jar with a few inches of nettles and fill to the brim with boiling water. (See precautions below.) Let sit a minute or so, stir and then add more boiling water to refill it, as the herb will soak up the water. Cover and let steep 4-8 hours.
2. Strain and drink. Refrigerate what’s not used. May be reheated gently. Add honey or sweetener if desired.
Precautions for when filling jar with boiling water:
> Make sure the glass jar is at room temperature
> Don’t have the jar sit on cold stone or metal, as the difference in temperature could cause it to crack
> Don’t let the kettle touch the edge of the glass.