Nettles Leaf herbal infusion 101. Using Herbs Simply and Safely

 

Two cups of nettle infusion has all the vitamins and minerals you need for a day. And, it's in their natural, effective, complex forms; not synthetic and broken up like in pills.

To make an infusion of nettle:

  • place one ounce of dried herb in a quart jar
  • fill to the top with hot (not boiling) water
  • cap tightly and let steep for 4-8 hours
  • strain and drink

 

"Stinging Nettles herbal infusions have calcium, magnesium. potassium, iron, chromium, selenium, trace minerals, Chlorophyll, and B vitamins. manganese, silica, iodine and sodium. They are also a great source of vitamins A, C and E, B complex vitamins and beta-carotene. I use Nettles regularly in my diet as a major source of easy to absorb vitamins and minerals."
http://www.toddcaldecott.com/index.php/herbs/learning-herbs/313-nettle

Plus many other health benefits: http://www.rain-tree.com/nettles.htm  Costs about $8 per month. :-)



Nettles Leaf herbal infusion 101.

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Also known as Urtica dioica, Stinging Nettle, Common Nettle, Gerrais, Isirgan, Kazink, Ortiga, Grande Ortie, Ortie, Urtiga, Chichicaste, and Brennessel

Herbal Anecdote: Nettle is an excellent source of many minerals and vitamins, giving it a reputation as one of the most nutrient-rich herbs available.

Traditional Uses: Allergies, cystitis, kidney and bladder stones, diuretic, astringent, psoriasis, acne.

Nettles has astringent, expectorant, galactagogue milk producing, tonic, anti-inflammatory, homeostatic, and diuretic properties.


"Bioflavonoids in Nettle leaves and roots are generally anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine. The magnesium in Nettle may help upper respiratory symptoms, if asthmatics are magnesium-deficient. Magnesium relieves bronchial muscle spasms and reduces the histamine response. The boron in Nettle may be helpful in treating osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), because it helps the bones retain calcium and influences the body's endocrine system since hormones play a crucial role in helping the body maintain healthy bones and joints." http://www.nutrovita.com/info/nettle-herb.html

"Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) builds energy, strengthens the adrenals, and is said to restore youthful flexibility to blood vessels. A cup of nettle infusion contains 500 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of  bone-building magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, D, E, and K. For flexible bones, a healthy heart, thick hair, beautiful skin, and lots of energy, make friends with sister stinging nettle. It may make you feel so good you'll jump up and exercise." http://www.menopause-metamorphosis.com/An_Article-healthy.htm

"Green is the color of plant energy. The plants with the deepest green give you the most energy. A daily cup of nettle infusion increases energy without wiring your nerves. Nettle strengthens the adrenals, allowing you to tolerate more stress with less harm. And it nourishes your immune system, too.

To make it: Put one ounce of dried nettle leaf in a quart jar. Fill to the top with boiling water. Cap tightly and steep at least four hours (overnight is fine). Strain and drink. I add about 1 cup of dry nettles to 4
cups liquid.

Refrigerate the remainder and consume within 36 hours. (Leftovers may be used as a hair rinse or fertilizer for your house plants.)" http://www.susunweed.com/An_Article_Fatigue_AW3.htm


Constituents

"formic acid, histamine, serotonin, choline, minerals, chlorophyll, amino acids, lecithin, carotenoids, flavonoids, sterols, tannins and vitamins. Nettle's main plant chemicals include: acetophenone, acetylcholine, agglutinins, alkaloids, astragalin, butyric acid, caffeic acids, carbonic acid, chlorogenic acid, chlorophyll, choline, coumaric acid, folacin, formic acid, friedelins, histamine, kaempherols, koproporphyrin, lectins, lecithin, lignans, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, neoolivil, palmitic acid, pantothenic acid, quercetin, quinic acid, scopoletin, secoisolariciresinol, serotonin, sitosterols, stigmasterol, succinic acid, terpenes, violaxanthin, and xanthophylls" http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/nettle_leaf.php



"Many of the benefits are due to the plant's very high levels of minerals, especially, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, silica, iodine, silicon, sodium, and sulfur. They also provide chlorophyll and tannin, and they're a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and B complex vitamins. Nettles also have high levels of easily absorbable amino acids. They're ten percent protein, more than any other vegetable. http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Nettle.html

Making a big jar of Nettles Infusion with Susan Weed (video):
How to Use Stinging Nettle as a Natural Allergy Medicine
http://www.ehow.com/how_2070630_treat-allergies-stinging-nettle.html

Herbs for Pregnancy: http://www.herbshealing.com/Article_Pregnancy_Problems.htm


Everything I've read suggests drinking Nettles while nursing. "well-known herbs to help with milk flow include fennel, fenugreek, nettles and blessed thistle."
http://www.wisdomofhealing.com/2006/10/31/breastfeeding-made-easier/

Vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulphur are particularly abundant in nettles.


From Nutritional Herbology by Mark Pedersen
Per 100g dry weight:

Calcium - 2900mg
Magnesium - 860mg
Potassium - 1750mg
Selenium - .22mg
Zinc - .47mg

Thiamine - .54mg
Riboflavin (B2) - .43mg



They taste very GREEN!



I toss the strained leaves into my bone broth. It is delicious and nutritious!!

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Comment by Jill Buer on July 25, 2011 at 10:25am
You mention to cover the jar tightly.  Is there a reason for this, or can I make this infusion effectively in my french press?
Comment by Pat Robinson on July 25, 2011 at 10:53am
French press works great!

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Comment by Ora Witherspoon on January 31, 2012 at 10:01am

I want to buy some Nettle how do I do this..

Comment by Pat Robinson on January 31, 2012 at 11:21am

Mountain Rose Herbs is the best quality, least expensive supplier that I've found for organic, dried stinging nettle leaf. http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/n.html
Pat

Comment by Gina Grothoff on February 2, 2012 at 11:07am

I have been making a batch of nettles and freezing it in icecube trays.  then when I make a smoothie, i put in one block and I have been adding a block to my water each day.  But I have wanted to ask if there is any reason I shouldn't be freezing my nettles infusion?  Does it affect the mineral content?

I hope not:)  any thoughts?

Comment by Mary K on February 12, 2012 at 11:34am
I so want to regularly consume nettle infusions, but it seems to really increase my milk supply, which I don't need. (I've had a lot of oversupply issues.) Is there any other way for me to get all the nettle goodness, or to drink it without a crazy milk spike?
Comment by Sherry England on December 30, 2012 at 2:23am

Has anyone had any issues with chocolate and nettles?

Comment by Sherry England on December 30, 2012 at 2:23am

Has anyone had any issues with chocolate and nettles?

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