Nettles 101

medicinal properties of nettles

Nettle is the quintessential nourishing herb that has gained a reputation for being the need-to-have plant in your pantry.  And the buzz around nettle is for good reason. Nettle is basically the Beyonce of the herb world, aka flawless. Nettle is highly alkalizing and nutrient dense, it restores vitality and supports the entire body.  Nettles are alternatives, meaning they purify the blood and assist the body in nutrient and protein assimilation, neutralization of acid, and elimination of waste.

More recently, nettles may have gained popularity for their quercetin and histamine content.  Both constituents are useful in cases of hay fever and seasonal allergies due to their anti-inflammatory and immune stimulating actions. However, if you’re planning on taking nettles for allergies, do so a month or two before allergy season to build your histamines.

Nettles also have a high content of protein, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, silica, iron and vitamins A, C, E, and K, and are especially indicated in conditions related to the skin, liver and kidney disorders.

Nettle’s earthy taste is my go-to tea when I’m in need of something grounding and nourishing.  I like to drink it solo or add it to more bitter herbs to balance out the flavor.