Infusion Living – Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica)
Mention drinking nettle tea to folks and they look at you like a wasp has just crawled up their nose!
So I thought, Infusion Living was a way to make drinking nettles sound sexy!
“Are you drinking nettles?”
“Don’t be ridiculous…I’m Infusion Living”
Anyway i’mgoing to trademark this and make my fortune!!
I’m off to do me Infusion Living trademark papwerwork, but in the meantime here’s the instructions for Nettle Tea!
NETTLE TEA (from my friend Shannon)1 cup dried plant ( leaves and stems) to 4 cups (1 quart) boiling water Steep for 4-10 hours to pull maximum amount of minerals Drink 2-3 Quarts a week for deep nourishment Compost or eat steeped plant matter.To adjust taste: Brew with 1 tablespoon of mint leaves Add fresh lemon Add a natural sweetener like honeyAdd salt and keep it savory Dilute with more filtered or spring waterWHERE TO FIND NETTLES! Amazon– look for organic– dried leaf Starwest botanicals-www.starchild.co.uk –they have reasonably priced and ORGANIC dried herbs Your local herb shop or community herbalist Go outside! Do a little research, bring the family and the dog to forage natural areasCULTIVATION AND HARVESTING Prefers part shade or sun and moist fertile soil. Grows well in all zones. It is best to collect leaves just before flowering or, at first flowering depending on the geographic area in which you are harvesting. Although in some regions nettles can be harvested most anytime throughout the year. And, it is definitely best to wear gloves!! The seeds can be collected in the late summer by cutting off the flowering tops and hanging them upside down allowing the seed to fall off as they dry.NUTRITIONAL TIDBITS The leaves contain a multitude of vitamins and minerals including: A, B complex, C, E, K1, folic acid, histamine, acetylcholine, formic acid, acetic acid, and butyric acid. The hairs are made of Nutritional tidbits silica and inject neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, histamine, 5HTP (serotonin), moroidin, leukotrienes into the skin. The root contains various anti-inflammatory compounds including: phytosterols, pentacyclic triterpenes, lignans, coumarin, ceramides and hydroxy fatty acids polysaccharides and lectins, tannins, alcohols, monoterpenes and triterpenes. The seed contains volatile oils and formic acid.