Founder, Green Body Mojo
The singing nettles that grow wild in our gardens and countryside are often viewed as a weed and all-around menace, but they are a haven for wildlife, a delicious leafy green (nettle pesto) and potent herbal remedy.
Benefits of Nettles:
- Nettles are reported to have the greatest levels of chlorophyll of any herb, making them a more affordable superfood than blue-green algae. This chlorophyll content helps support the immune system and aid liver detoxification, key in both chronic fatigue and endometriosis.
- They are also deeply nourishing, containing a wide range of vitamins and minerals, most notably iron – another key element in both fatigue and the monthly cycle.
- If your immune system is impaired, UTI’s can be a common occurrence – as a diuretic, nettles help stimulate elimination and flush out harmful bacteria.
- A wonderful uterine tonic if consumed regularly.
- 2.7g protein per 100g, cooked.
- Due to their strengthening properties, nettles are often used to build up energy and stamina.
Dried nettles can be purchased online or fresh nettles can be picked yourself if you fancy a foraging adventure:
- Choose your nettles wisely. Do not pick nettles that grow by the side of a road, are in an area where pesticides are sprayed or that are low-down on a well worn dog-walking route!
- Take a pair of scissors to snip the heads off and a bucket to catch them in – there’s no need to touch the nettles with your hands, but you can take a pair of gardening gloves if you find it easier.
- Use a colander to give the nettles a good shake.
- Soak them in a salt solution to remove any debris.
Nettles must be cooked to mitigate the sting!
For eating, simply saute or steam and treat them like spinach.
For drinking, steep fresh nettles in hot water – 15 minutes if you can’t wait, longer if you can (overnight or for at least four hours according to Wise Woman Herbal Ezine). The hot water helps extract the properties, though you wouldn’t want to have them on the boil as this can destroy nutrients.