Friday, April 24, 2009
Springtime is Stinging Nettles time - after the dark moon in April will be the best time to harvest them. I love nettle tea, and also fresh nettles used like spinach ( just be sure to use gloves until they're cooked!). I am hoping to head over to Saturna Island, where the nettles grow in green, glorious abundance under the trees. Susun Weed recommends nettles to increase energy : http://www.matrifocus.com/IMB06/wise-woman.htm with one of the side effects being "increased delight in life."Nettle leaf is high in organic iron, chlorophyll, potassium, calcium, magnesium, silicic, folic and pantothenic acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and K. This highly nutritive content is helpful in correcting anemia as well as leg and uterine cramps. The vitamin K prevents postpartum hemorrhage and bleeding. The red blood cells and liver are nourished by long-term use of this herb. Nettle tea makes a useful natural fertilizer. Try growing a patch of nettle in the wild corner of your garden. Feed it to your compost to enrich it. Soaked in water for a few days and then diluted and sprayed on plants in need of a boost, it will strengthen the plant by adding its minerals to the soil. A little watered around tomato plants will do the trick. High in vitamin C, chlorophyll, iron and calcium, nettle will give a boost to anemic plants .Biodynamic gardening uses companion planting of nettles to increase the volatile oils in such plants as valerian, mint, sage and rosemary. You will find the potency of many plants increases measurably when planted near nettles.You can grow plants gathered from seeds gathered from wild stands in late summer. It has been used by First Nations people to treat arthritic pain - the first time I had seen this was during a trip to Olympic National Park when we came across someone lightly brushing his wrists with the nettles. He explained this was a way to alleviate his pain.http://www.southsoundchapterwnps.org/fun/ourstingingnettles.htm I am drinking a beautiful, Moldavite-green glass of nettle tea as I write this, (I prefer it chilled) and wish you all the healing energy of Sister Nettle.