Tasty Nettle, Urtica dioica

Spring! It’s finally here in Northern Canada. After a long winter, of plenty of rest and hibernation, it’s time to clean the house of your body/mind/spirit. It is the time for renewal and new growth! Stinging Nettle will help you clear out toxic influences that cloud your way.

In Oriental Medicine, spring is associated with the wood element and the liver and gallbladder organ energy systems. The imbalanced emotion is anger and the balanced state is the ability to think through, make decisions, plan and put them into action. Have you noticed that when your plans get thwarted, the most common reaction is anger?

“When in doubt use Nettle!” – David Hoffman

I am blessed to live in the city and be surrounded by Nettle. I have it growing naturally along the rich soil of the river bank as well as filling in my whole raised garden (because it loves manure). Once you have it, it will take over, so beware! Of course the best time to collect this treasure is spring when the nutrients are strongest.

Early spring is also a good time to collect some roots such as dandelion and burdock as all the sugars are still tucked in the ground ready to push up and out into the plant.

Fresh Spring Tonic

Rich in vitamins A, B complex, C, K, calcium, potassium, iron and many other trace minerals.

Combine fresh Nettle, Chickweed, Cleavers and Dandelion root and leaf with added mild spices or ginger for a soothing, energizing drink.

Steep as a tea or blend as a smoothie for an extra jolt of minerals and pure energy!

This drink helps remove accumulated rubbish from the body caused by much inactivity over the winter months.

To learn more about the healing properties of Stinging Nettle check these sites,  Herb Wisdom,  Dr. Axe

To fall in love with this powerful plant, listen to Rosemary Gladstar!


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