Why Nettle Is Good For You

Nettles Are Good For You (Who Knew?)

Nettle brings back stingy childhood memories.
But there’s a lot more to nettles and it’s not all bad…
on the contrary!

Did you know that nettles were introduced by the Romans in the countries (like the UK) with colder weather because the stings of the leaves on their legs kept them warm! (I try to remember this when I get stung… it doesn’t hurt, it’s just warm).

But that’s not the reason why nettle is good for you.

Nettle leaves are a treasure of vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, B1, B5, C, D, E and K, iron, potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium), which gives them many health properties.

Nettle Is Good For Your Skin And Your Overall Wellbeing

Nettle tea has been found to:

  • help cure skin problems (mouth ulcers, rashes, eczema, hair loss, dandruff)
  • be good for your blood (improves blood circulation, fights anemia, lowers blood sugar, lowers blood pressure)
  • fight cystitis (nettle is diuretic, meaning it helps the body pass water, exactly what you need if you suffer from cystitis; nettle is also excellent against bladder infection)
  • help in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism
  • help respiratory problems (coughs, asthma)

The best thing about Nettles is that they are free!

The best thing about nettle is that it is free and you should easily find it in woods around you from Spring to Autumn. Here’s how to make your nettle infusion from scratch:

  1. Pick the nettle – If you’re anything like me, you’ll find the process daunting but it’s actually easier than you might think. Here’s what I do: I wear long sleeves, I use gloves and a pair of scissors to cut the stems. Then, holding the stem, I wash the leaves and cut out each leaf with scissors directly into the pan.
    Tip 1: Avoid nettles dogs could have peed on
    Tip 2: Did you know that if you touch the nettle leaves underneath you won’t get stung? Only the top of the nettle leaves stings.
  2. Boil – Boil the leaves for 5 mins. Once boiled, the leaves won’t sting anymore.
  3. Filter – Filter out the leaves and save the infusion.

Nettle Soup And Quiche Recipes

If you’ve picked too much nettle… why not treat yourself to a nice soup?

On top of its healing properties, nettle is nutritious (it contains proteins, chlorophyl, vitamin C, A, fibers, potassium, iron).

To make nettle soup:

  • boil the nettle leaves with 2 potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • mix it all
  • add a spoonful of cream
  • pepper and salt to taste

If you like the taste, why not make a quiche (boil the nettle leaves and potatoes as above, get rid of a bit of water, mix, add a raw egg, pour the mix on your pastry, cook in the oven for 20 minutes).

I love these grand-mother recipes and remedies. They’re cheap and organic.

If, however, you don’t feel like going through the nettle picking process, you’ll find nettle tea in your supermarket. If you don’t like the pure nettle taste, try the more sophisticated¬†Twinings flavours like Nettle and Peppermint or Nettle and Fennel.

 


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Why Nettle Is Good For You — 2 Comments

  1. I love nettles! They are like a superfood! Pregnant women (and anyone) can benefit from drinking a couple of cups of nettle tea daily because it is so high in iron, calcium and other minerals. You can actually make a strong tea just by pouring boiling water over fresh or dried nettles and letting the tea steep for about 20 minutes before straining. Soup is another great idea, and nettles are even good when cooked up like you might prepare spinach or other leafy green.
    In addition to avoiding the nettles that dogs have peed on, it’s also good to steer clear of nettles growing near the side of the road where the toxins from auto emissions can collect on the plants.
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    • Hi Sarah,

      that’s great advice about the roadside nettles too – thanks!!

      thanks so much for stopping by, I’m glad you enjoyed the article,

      take care & best wishes,
      Isabelle

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