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Herb of the Month - Nettles

Posted 04/25/09 by Leah Vesta Hansen

"Nettles are so well known that they need no description. They may be found, by feeling, in the darkest night." Culpeper (1561)

The stinging hairs, underneath the mineral rich green leaves are a hidden surprise to those not familiar with her. Surprisingly enough, these hairs are not very sharp, just delicate. However, you should be cautious with the more mature plants and her stingers, and gloves are recommended for harvesting. I have heard from a few herbalist, that if you touch her with intention, she will not sting you with her startling formic acid. I have not been blessed to have had this kind of pleasurable experience.

There are a number of medicinal uses for nettles, and every part of her from seed to root has healing properties. She is well known for her astringent and diuretic properties, tonifying the female reproductive system, a digestive restorative, and good for a scalp conditioner and hair folical growth stimulant just to name a few.

My personal experience with her was to help with regulating my moon. I used the following tea recipe and had the best moon ever!!! This herbal tea blend is very useful for ovarian cysts as well.

2 parts calendula, 1 part yarrow, 1 part nettle,

Mix and make a tea using 2 TBLS to 1 quart of water. Drink 1 quart daily for 4 to 12 weeks, depending on your personal symptoms.

You can also try substituting basil in pesto with nettles for a change. This is something I just made the other day.

Fertile Womb Pesto

Nettles pumpkin seeds flax seeds garlic olive oil salt vitex

I never measure ingrediants when making pesto, I just put in blender and go for it!!!

For more information on this wonderful ally, please look at "Healing Wise" by Susan S. Weed, and "Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West" by Michael Moore.

Green Blessings,

Leah Vesta Hansen, LMT

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