The Nettles Experiment

Hypothesis:

Will an infusion of Urtica dioica (“Stinging Nettles”) , taken as an everyday Tonic, nourish and tone my energy reserves?

If I drink a quart of Nettles infusion per week then my energy levels will become balanced throughout the day because Nettles will supply my body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly.

DrunkenBumbleBee's Stinging Nettle Card on Etsy.com

Experimence:

My experiment is based on many years of many wise words spoken on the benefits of Stinging Nettle.  The plant grows wild in rich soil where it pulls essential minerals into its leaf and stem.  These minerals are passed onto your body when you use Nettles as food and medicine.  Susun Weed recommends making an infusion of the herb in water to reap the most benefit.  I will drink a quart of Nettles infusion a week to balance my energy reserves.  Along the way, I will attempt to meditate with the Nettles Plant Spirit and gain insight into her personality/medicine/uses.  Regular journaling will supply data and observations for the experiment.

Dead Nettle by Sidheart on Etsy.com

Materials:

  1. a regular source of dried Nettles. Currently I am using dried Nettles from Zack Woods Herb Farm in Hyde Park, VT and then I will transition into the delicate regrown Nettles tops I collected last Autumn and dried.  When Spring arrives and the Nettles make a comeback I plan to harvest and dry more supply.  I’d like to further investigate the effectiveness between fresh and dried Nettles, and when using which is most appropriate.

Recipe:

The ratio for herb to water is 1 Ounce:1 Quart

An infusion of the Nettles will partially digest the herb, and draw the medicine out into the water so it can be readily used by the body.  An infusion differs from a tea due to the length of time the herb is steeped.  A tea takes about 2 minutes to steep, but an infusion needs at least 4 hours.

  • Boil 1 qt of water
  • Pour over 1 oz of dried Nettles (Urtica dioica)
  • Let steep at least 4 hrs, but should be left over-night
  • Strain and store in a closed jar in the fridge
  • drink everyday and finish one quart per week

I may occasionally add a heap of dried Nettles to some boiling water in the morning, and then drink it in the afternoon.  In this case, I like to bring around my Mate straw which strains out the herb as I slurp.

close-up of Nettle hairs - Artistic Love's Stinging Nettles on Etsy.com

Continuing the Experiment:

I encourage you all to join me in this experiment.   Nettles can be enjoyed by many, and hopefully your local herbalist or Naturopath will agree that Nettles can be your new friend!

Updates and more Nettles know-how to come!

*xoo

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5 thoughts on “The Nettles Experiment

  1. Hi, I somehow came across your blog here on the interweb about a month or so ago?

    Love it.

    They had nettles today at the farmer’s market. I’d never seen them before, but remembered reading your post here. I bought a bag to experiment with (as my guy has allergies…), and also! I’m curious : )

    How did your experiment go?

    • Meredith, thank you for your kind words! Nettles have long been misunderstood so the experiment is going well in that you have given her a place in your home. My experiment with Nettles will be throughout the year so you can expect many more posts including the materia medica (or all inclusive uses and plant description) as well as regular updates! I look forward to frolicing with Nettles outdoors once the weather in Vermont warms up to Spring temperatures. Your interest in Findhorn is wonderful and I hope you have the chance to visit some day. Thank you for reading, Many Blessings!

      • Ok yes! I’m in California, so… it’s a bit different here. Happy Spring to you!

        I have friends in your parts- from Brattleboro. : )

        About Findhorn! It really struck a chord with me. I truly felt the whole premise of it was that Findhorn could happen anywhere… and maybe I’d already experienced that manifest in a way? It reminded me of my most favorite place here- Golden Gate Park. The way the park came to be sounded similar. (I was lucky enough to live out by it for a couple years,… and volunteered in the botanical gardens).

        I don’t know if you’re familiar, but GG Park used to be all windswept sand dunes! The dude who planted it was also a Scot- John McLaren. People dogged him the whole time- making his job all the more harder. But boy did he do a good job. Have you been? It’s so magical! and just as he wanted- unmanicured & wild!

        Reading about Findhorn inspired me to re-read the history. Interestingly enough… McLaren worked in the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens before he began planting here. I wondered if him and Roc (“The Gentleman and the Faun”) might’ve run into each other in Edinburgh? It was about the same time. Very cool to wonder about!

        Anyway. Just my rambly thoughts on that. : D
        Plants are neat! I wish you many happy nettle adventures!
        And thanks again for the info!

  2. Oh! I remember how I found your blog. I had just read ‘The Magic of Findhorn’, and did a search about it. Your blog popped up : )

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