Plant wonders: Nutritious Nettle

Nettles (Urtica urens) may be harder to harvest but certainly worth the effort. Expert and doctor of pharmaceutics Vija Enina talks about the extensive use of nettles.

Harvesting

Leaves can be harvested on their own, or the whole stalk can be taken. Nettles do sting, so it is suggested to use gloves.

Drying

Spread out in a thin layer on a sheet of paper (not a newspaper) or clean cotton fabric. Stalks can be tied in bouquets and hung. The plants should be dried in a well-aerated and shady place out of direct sunlight.

Use

Nettles strengthen the immune system and hematology: they are a good source of iron and other vitamins and minerals. Nettles help to normalize the menstrual cycle.

1-2 tablespoons of dried nettle leaves are submerged in a glass of boiling water. Allow to infuse for 15 minutes. Drink 1/3 of a glass three times per day.

Use with caution if you are prone to blood clots.

Nettle chips

Editor-in-chief of eng.lsm.lv, Mike Collier, also makes a healthy version of chips from nettles. "Grill the leaves for 5-10 seconds and snack away," says Mike.

Nettles being grilled

Disclaimer: Only use plants you are sure of. Avoid consuming plants that you don't recognize or that have grown in dubious locations.

 

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