The truth is you are never too young or too old or too healthy to be thinking about prevention!
Known as nature’s multi-vitamin. Nettles have been used for thousands of years to support the health of women of all ages.
Stinging nettles are rich in all the minerals necessary for bone health and then some: calcium, magnesium, iron, B complex, C complex, vitamins A, D, and K, cobalt, trace minerals, potassium, zinc, copper, and sulphur.
They are also rich in blood purifying chlorophyll and high amounts of protein. One cup of infused nettles can contain between 300-500 mg of calcium along with the trace minerals you need to absorb it.
For a daily nutritional boost, steep a tea bag, or 2 Tablespoons dried nettle leaves in one cup boiling water and let them infuse for 20 minutes.
For preventative and medicinal purposes it is better to make an infusion: place 1/4 oz (about 1/4 cup) dried nettles into a quart glass jar, pour 1 cup room temp water over the nettles, and then add 3 cups boiling water.. Cover and infuse for 12-24 hours. Strain and store in the refrigerator. Drink 2 cups a day, hot or cold.
- Nettles taste a bit like hay, earthy and rich. You can add some mint, or even a couple of pinches of jasmine green tea to add a new dimension of flavor.
- If using fresh leaves – use 1 cup of nettles to every two cups of boiling water.
- I add fresh nettles from my garden to smoothies, soups or stir fries – blending or cooking takes the sting out 🙂