Stinging Nettles for the Summer

Nettles in Pregnancy Power TeaAre you enjoying the outside sun, relaxing on the beach or hiking up a mountain for some cool, crisp relief from the summer heat?

This summer, include a fun new herb into your recipes, stinging nettles (many times just called nettles). Okay, I hate to sound like I’m proclaiming it to the world, but I love nettles! Why?

Many illnesses and diseases come from inflammation within the body including arthritis, kidney stones, multiple sclerosis, gout, auto-immune diseases such as fibromyalgia, and even heart disease or cancer that come from chronic inflammation. For over 2,000 years, nettles have reduced inflammation within the body.

Nettles also treat allergy symptoms, particularly hay fever. Spring to early fall is when allergy sufferers experience the strongest symptoms, so nettles are the perfect medicinal herb to reduce and calm allergy symptoms, so you can actually enjoy being outside!

For the men, nettles have been used to treat prostate diseases. Nettle root is often recommended as a diuretic, to bring relief of benign prostatic hyperplasia and other prostate problems.

And dried or fresh nettles are a great source of protein!

How to Use Stinging Nettles:

Stinging nettles have tiny stingers on the leaves and stems making them highly unpleasant to the touch! Cooking removed the prickles, with the leaves intact and edible. If you handle fresh nettles, be sure to wear gloves so you don’t prick your fingers!

Here’s my nettle pesto recipe, that will melt in your mouth!
3 cups rinsed, freshly picked stinging nettles
3 medium garlic cloves
1/4 cup raw organic walnuts, very lightly toasted
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil?Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper?
Parmesan cheese, finely grated (or substitute hemp seeds!)

1. Wearing gloves –  measure 3 tightly packed cups of freshly picked young nettle tops. Add them to salted boiling water for 60-seconds, then drain immediately. Place the blanched greens (no more sting!) in a bowl of ice water to stop them from further cooking. Cool, strain and squeeze dry using a tea towel dry as much as possible.

2. Add the cooked nettles to a food processor with the garlic cloves and walnuts. While pulsing, slowly add the olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Parmesan/hemp seed. Blend once more to evenly mix everything together.

Yield: approx. 1 cup
Try it, and let me know what you think!

Moms to be: Do you need an extra boost of vitamins and trace minerals during pregnancy? Nettles give that upsurge of vitamins, exactly what you need while you are expecting. Looking for a refreshing tea? Here’s my Pregnancy Power Tea, just what you need!

Enjoy!

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