My garden is budding with stinging nettle, and I’m guarding it like a mother hen, hoping nobody will come and chop it down. The green leaves are getting ready to become delicious tea today, and also to be dried for the future.
I think the reason that stinging nettle is so fabulous for the body is that it is both a liver AND kidney cleanser. Almost like a face-lift and an age-reduction in one shot. How good is that!!
From all my research, here’s a list of some of the health improvements one may be able to expect.
- helps with arthritis and gout (helps eliminate uric acid from joints)
- skin problems like acne and eczema
- blood builder (helps with anemia and fatigue, and even heavy menstrual flow – contains natural iron and Vitamin K)
- great for pregnancy and childbirth
- helps nursing moms to produce rich abundant breast milk
- helps build strong bones (high in boron, which helps your bones to retain calcium.)
- shrinks enlarged prostate and even hemorrhoids
- stimulates the lymphatic system, aiding the kidneys to excrete wastes (stones)
- helps with water retention
Wow. There’s something for everyone in this list. It’s worth it for the do-it-yourselfer to go find some nettles immediately and get started.
Taking your gloves (the nettles really do sting) and gardening shears and a large shopping bag, pick the top leaves from the plant and fill your bag (leaves, no flowers). I even take the leaves 6 inches down the stem.
In our area, stinging nettles can be found along walking trails, in moist park areas near streams, and often in your own back yard. If you can’t find any, you could ask your local nursery or a farmer. I would even post a want ad on a local bulletin board! Someone will surely know where they can be found. If you can’t find fresh nettles, you can buy dried nettles in the health supply store.
Next post I will show you my pictures of how I made my tea, and what it tasted like!
Keep looking after your liver!