Written by Tera on May 15, 2012 – -
- by Heather Gardner With most things in life, pleasure is partnered with pain and seldom do we have one without the other. Matters of love, life and wild edibles are no different when it comes to pain, and it is no surprise that one of the most nutritious, wild, superfood heroes of the wild world comes fully loaded and ready to sting us into retreat. Luckily, wild wellness warriors will not be defeated in their quest for nutritious morsels to nibble on. So with scissors, gloves and dock leaves to the ready we brave the briar patch in search of the pleasures of the stinging nettle. According to Sergei Boutenko, Wild Edible expert, nettles are one of natures most nutritious wild foods, they are rich in iron, silica, calcium, vitamins A, D & K. Nettles soothe and prevent hay fever and allergies. Regulates blood sugar and improves circulation. Nettles also help rheumatism and arthritis; in many cultures people would thrash themselves with nettles to help these conditions. Eating them is said to be helpful for stiff muscles after exercise. Stinging nettles rich in silica, strengthens the hair, skin & nails making it perfect for beauty seekers and the reason why on the Body Enlightenment Beauty program, health heroines are advised to start their day with a nettle infusion. There has been a lot of talk in the forum of using it as a beauty potion and hair helper. Another endearing property beloved of wild beauties is that it has long been used as a spring detox, to help clear out the excesses of winter and get ready for the summer ahead. Nettles are abundant in iron as well as the chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants that helps to build and replenish our blood as well as alkalize and detoxify our bodies. It also contains, manganese, which helps in the absorption of iron, as well as magnesium and potassium, which helps the muscles and heart function. The best way not to get stung by stinging nettles, is to wear gloves when picking them, or simply snip them into a container (your blender jug for example) with the help of a scissors. They are at their best to eat when young and light green, before they grow tall and start to flower. Pick the top part, not just the leaves; the stem is also good to eat. If you do get stung, don’t worry its good for you, but if you want to ease the pain either apply a crushed dock leaf or some nettle juice. To eat them safely either process them in a blender or boil them. According to Susun Weed, a herbal infusion is a large amount of herb brewed for a long amount of time. Drinking an infusion will give you more health benefits than just having the occasional tisane. Nettle infusion is good for everyone to drink daily but particularly good for women who are menstruating, to replace iron. During pregnancy and breastfeeding for its nourishing minerals and effect on promoting milk production.
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