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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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!