Spring is in the air and already the nettles are peeping through with their first leaves. We can start picking these now. Neetles have been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms, particularly hayfever which is the most common allergy problem. Nettle may have an anti-inflammatory effect and It may also enhance the immune system.
Nettles are filled with vitamins, minerals, trace elements and other nutrients, which are at their height in Spring, supports almost every organ and system of our body, whilst vitally feeding our adrenal glands.
Pick them fresh, wearing gloves to avoid their sting, and pick from a place where there are no contaminants, avoiding the roadside or anywhere that might have been sprayed. Nettles lose their sting when heated, and you can cook and eat them like spinach, or make nettle tea to drink daily.
The best way to make a really powerful nettle tea, is to pour a mug’s worth of boiling water on to a large handful of washed and chopped nettle leaves, and let them steep for at least 20 minutes. If left overnight and you wish to drink it warm, simply add more hot water in the morning. If you are unable to pick your own nettles, then buy the tea bags at health food stores.A cup of nettle tea each evening will also help you to loose the kilo or two needed for the summer !