It's springtime and the plant world is bursting into life and buzzing with amazing joyous energy.
Did you know that Nettle (Urtica dioica) is a superb spring tonic herb? Yes folks, there is so much more to it than its nasty sting.
Nettle is one of my favorite plants, it is bursting with minerals and vitamins, it is a specific herb for treating hot, sensitive skin conditions - which is why I use it in a number of my products including the luxurious Calendula & Sandalwood Facial Serum.
Nettle is a delicious food plant, and I've included an easy recipe for you below. It is also a wonderful textile plant. In fact, during the second world war, nettle became the primary crop in Europe for making textiles with, as trade routes for cotton were so disrupted.
Nettle is gentle enough to use every day to nourish and tonify your system, but powerful enough to really get to work soothing inflammations. It is also used to help clear auras.
Check out this quick video I shot a few days ago and why not give the recipe below a try.
Rich Russian Nettle Tonic
I discovered this recipe in Susun Weed's book, Wise Woman Herbal. It is so quick and easy to make and so delicious. It serves 4-6 people.
4 cups nettle tops
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup sour cream
salt to taste
Cook the fresh nettles in water, well covered, for 10-15 minutes until tender. Drain well, then blend or run through a food processor with the garlic and sour cream (you could also use yoghurt).
Serve immediately over rice, noodles, toast or vegetables.
Or you could puree the cooked nettles and add them back to the cooking water with the garlic and sour cream to make a delicious soup.
Tip: When handling fresh nettles it is best to use some gloves!
Do you have a favorite nettle recipe or memory? Let us know in the comment box below.