Hi Kayla, do you know which weed helps stabilize blood sugar, boost metabolism, heal exhaustion, provide minerals for bones, teeth and hair, soothe allergies AND helps heal menstrual issues? (plus a heck of a lot more things…)
That’s right. It’s Stinging Nettles.
Stinging Nettles grow wild throughout the USA. They especially like roadways and wet areas. They’re super easy to harvest and dry for infusions.
Nettles are very high in minerals and vitamins making them a perfect addition to your daily fluid intake in place of expensive supplements. Make a quart overnight and sip all day.
Things you need to know about harvesting nettles:
- They sting like the dickens. OUCH! Wear thick, long sleeve fabric and gloves.
- They like roadways and wetlands, but a lot of roadways and wetlands are toxic. Be careful to harvest them away from highly trafficked roads and fields where farmers spray chemicals.
- Simply hang them to dry until they are crumbly. They won’t sting anymore after they are dry.
- Store them in an airtight container for infusions and teas!
How to make an infusion:
- Steep 1 ounce of dried nettle leaf in a quart of hot water for 4-8 hours. (Overnight makes it easy!)
- Strain the herb out and consume the liquid over the course of the day.
- Store in the fridge, it will keep for 3-ish days. Best to consume 3-4 cups daily.
If you do not have access to wild nettles, you can purchase them in bulk from places like Mountain Rose Herbs, or small wild crafters on Etsy.