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Stinging nettle is a powerful healing herb and stinging nettle tea has so many benefits.
Nettles are often found growing in damp, nutrient-rich soils in temperate climates. Most species are perennial and they often grow in patches or clumps. True to their name, they sting. If you casually brush against the leaves or stems, these hollow needle-like projections inject a slightly irritating substance into your skin. This is usually a minor irritation and can actually be therapeutic. Some people with arthritis find that, after that initial sting, they experience less pain and inflammation in that area.
In this episode, I share with you how you can work with stinging nettle specifically for allergies. But nettle has so many gifts as a healing food and powerful herbal medicine that goes beyond allergies. You can read more about stinging nettle in both of my books, Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine.
When I first tell students how much nettle to use, which is one ounce or, less precisely, about two large handfuls, those students are pretty amazed. They often wonder, do you really need all that nettle? You can think of it like this. Would you eat one bite of a carrot and then call it good? Of course not. We eat a serving of carrots. Same goes for nettles. They are a food-like nutrient-dense plant and we need more than a teaspoon to get all of those nutrients.
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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and has taught thousands of students through her online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.