(First of all, I’m sorry. I went MIA this last month because we bought a house and are up to our eyeballs in renos and unpacking. I know it’s not really an excuse, but you as my reader at least deserves the satisfaction to the reason behind my tea drought. But, let’s get on with the show! )
So, guys. You will not believe what I stepped in and my new backyard (with no grass…it’s all weeds) that made half of my foot going numb and it stung and it itch like crazy.
Unbeknownst to me, there is wild stinging nettle growing in my backyard. Even my husband, kids, and dog we’re playing in the backyard and noticed that something was stinging them. So naturally, as any curious person would do, I went on the inter-webs to research what in the Sam hill stinging nettle is.
By the way, there’s some really ridiculous things on the Internet. For example, people doing stinging nettle challenges where you take a stinging nettle bath, or jump into shrubs of it to prove I don’t know what.
Stinging nettle is a weed like plant like dandelion with heart shaped leaves and little hairs on the stems and leaves that irritate the skin due to the formic acid. It stings when touched just as the name suggests and can leave rashes bumps or even a small little welts.
However, it makes a very beneficial tea that can help with circulation, detoxification, cleansing, respiratory problems, arthritic problems, prostate and is even an energy builder. It’s an excellent source of chlorophyll, vitamins A, C, D, K, iron and also an antiseptic. History even holds nettle as a finer fabric than even cotton or linen.
Like a very reasonable and sensible person, I was up for the challenge and faced the stinging nettle plant with all that I had. I was able to harvest a little bit of it to see what kind of tea I could coax out of it. by steeping the leaves in hot water, the stinging little “hairs” and formic acid are destroyed so there’s no chance of me drinking herbal needles that numb.
Word to the wise, if you feel brave enough to confront a stinging nettle plant, you’ve been warned. Be prepared with thick clothing, closed shoes and gloves so that you do not irritate your skin when handling it.
how to make nettle tea:
Harvest several stems of nettle (use gloves!!!!!).
Give them a good rinse.
In a teapot, add freshly boiled water and toss in the nettle leaves. I didn’t remove them from the stems because of all the stinging hairs.
Let it steep and enjoy!
You could also used dried nettle to make tea, but since I had them growing outside, I just used fresh ones.
I hope you enjoyed this little feature on such a strange plant!
Keep steeping, tea lovers!