Even if you don't think you know what stinging nettle looks like-- chances are, you've met the plant before. It could have been when you were running around outside as a child and emerged with a painful, mysterious rash on your legs. Depending on where you live, you might even pass by a plant on your daily commute (even in NYC), where it grows "like a weed."
I was introduced to the medicinal properties of stinging nettle through renowned herbalist Amanda David of Rootwork Herbals in Ithaca, NY. She had me taste it first in tincture form— the flavor leaving a distinct seaweed imprint on my palate. Amanda told me this makes sense, considering both plants contain a very dense mineral makeup of calcium, magnesium, and silica— which, among other things, support skeletal and connective tissue health.
Last spring, when I was making a batch of nettle tea, I got into a conversation with a man from Ireland who was doing millwork in the apartment. "Nettle!" he exclaimed, "my mother used to make us drink nettle tea every spring to build our blood."
I've also heard from many that nettle is a wonderful plant that supports the body's ability to endure against hayfever and allergies. As a longtime sufferer of spring allergies, I can attest to the strengthening effect that this potent plant has had on my immunity during this most vulnerable time of year.
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