How To: Use stinging nettle as an herbal vitamin

Use stinging nettle as an herbal vitamin

The stinging nettle is an edible plant that can be used as an herbal vitamin. This video shows how to harvest and make use of nettle.

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I thought it was pretty interesting and informative. At first I didn't know what a nettle was but now I know.

It is late October in Western Washington and when I when out into the back yard to check on my chickens I noticed this lush new growth of stinging nettles. Was I mad, I started pulling them. They pulled pretty easily as they were growing in the wood shavings that we had for the chickens bed. There was so much of it and I had heard of the medicinal properties of nettles. So I went on line to see how it was processed. I read about the nettle tea and that you can cook it like a green such as spinach. I brought in the house and cleaned them up. But first I pulled some of the leaves and chopped them up a bit to put into some water and make a tea. As that was making I was working up the rest. Stems and all, except I broke off the root hairs as the dirt was clinging to it but it was like snapping beans sort of. When I was all done rinsing and draining I put them in a big pot to cook for supper tonight. Back to the tea, I thought it very pleasant. It was green like a very light vegetable broth and very easy to drink. I strained the leaves from the tea, but after I was done drinking my tea I ate the leaves. Very mild, not bitter at all like spinach can be. Just think this super food was growing in my back yard and I was going to throw it away. I'm glad I didn't but I still have a lot to go through that I had pulled today. Let's see if the tea gives me the energy to do it.

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