Stinging nettles

Stinging nettles

Nettle

The nettle is a diuretic, which means that it helps in removing harmful chemicals and excess liquid from the body. Herb medics also prescribe the use of nettle in treating urinary tract infections because of its ability to cleanse and dispel toxins.

Nettles contain high amounts of iron and vitamin C. Vitamin C improves the body’s absorption of iron, which aids in alleviating anemia and fatigue. This herb also contains a considerable amount of potassium, a mineral that reduces tension in the arteries and blood vessels, lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Nettles also contain vitamins A, D, E and K, plus amino acids and antioxidants.

While they can be found anywhere, it’s important to choose a location away from traffic fumes or places where dogs might have passed. March and April are the best times to pick nettles, while the shoots are still young. Wear protective gloves and pick the top tender shoots, which are the most nutritious part of the plant. Nettles can be added to soups, stir fries, juices, or made into a tea. Nettle leaves should be cooked before eating to get rid of the sting, unless they are being juiced.

Any recipe with spinach as an ingredient can be replaced with nettles.
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