Nettle the Queen of Spring
Nettle Plant has been used by our ancestors. The already knew its high nutritional value and did not underestimate it. You can notice the small nettle plants already in late March, early April, depending on the region you live in.
West of Ireland season for nettle harvest is ready. It is better to harvest the youngest plants, as they contain the most nutrients, but nothing stops you to harvest it until the end of September, just cutting off the tops. If you are planning to go for a walk to pick up nettle for yourself, remember to try to find the wildest place you can, far from the city and busy roads.
What is nettle nutritional value?
Stinging nettles, cooked
Amount Per 100 grams
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Sodium 4 mg 0%
Potassium 334 mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
Dietary fiber 7 g 28%
Sugar 0.3 g
Protein 2.7 g 5%
Vitamin A 40%
Vitamin B-6 5%
Nettle Infusion Drink is a great start for a day. It is a perfect body cleanser, as a diuretic, nettle helps eliminate toxins quickly, thereby protecting against bladder infections and excess fluid retention but also aids in preventing urinary tract infection. It helps with a circulatory system by its high amount of Vitamin C and Iron content, which take part in red cells blood production. Boron which is another important mineral found in the nettle is linked to maintaining calcium content in the bones what prevent the bone and ligaments illnesses.
There are many valuable uses of nettle. You can make the products from nettle that are used internally or externally. You can also dry the spring nettle and have it for
What can we make it from nettle?
- Nettle Drinks, such as nettle infusion drink, nettle smoothie (simply adding few nettle leaves to your favorite smoothie)
- Nettle Hair Conditioner, Face Tonic, Bath Liquid, Toothpaste, Creams, etc
- We can add nettle leaves to fresh salads
- We can add nettle to soups, stews, curries, etc
I love to start my day with a fresh nettle infusion drink combined with different herbs. Here there is a simple combination of nettle, dandelion flowers and young spruce sprouts.
Put all ingredients into the Tea Pot, cover all with warm (not too hot, not boiling) water, cover with a lid and steam for 10-15 minutes.
The best is to drink 2-3 cups a day.