Traditionally, nettle tea has been used to connect with the Root chakra. It encourages us to find clarity within our foundation and establish personal boundaries. There have been some scientific studies into its health benefits – tackling water infections, digestion problems and various other issues, as well as being a general immune boosting drink! Whether or not these facts are correct, it is certainly true that nettle tea doesn’t harm us and makes a tasty drink! On a spiritual level, it is said that nettle tea can be drunk to help us focus on transmuting difficult experiences into personal growth & manifesting change.
It is always best practice to consume foraged food in moderation & watch out for the stings!
A little tip: when foraging for nettles, avoid taking them directly from footpaths as they may have been recently watered by a passing pet! Also, wear gloves to avoid being stung.
- Place foraged nettles into a colander and rise thoroughly with cold water.
- Once rinsed, put them in a deep pan and pour boiling water over them (enough to cover).
- Bring the water to boil, so that the liquid is bubbling, then turn off the heat.
- Using some tongs, remove the nettles from the water and strain them into a jug through some muslin.
- The nettles can be returned to the earth and left to break down.
- Pour the rest of the liquid into the jug and add a spoonful of honey (or more depending on sweetness preference)
- Sprinkle in some shavings of ginger – jarred ginger will do if it’s all you have!
- Observe gratitude, growth and healing whilst enjoying the tea!
Personally, I prefer to drink the nettle tea fresh; so I only make as much as I need but you can make it in batch and use the tea as a type of cordial to water down and enjoy cold – call it nettle iced tea! Enjoy x
Disclaimer: Introducing wild food into your cooking is fun, but you need to be 100% sure of your identification and cautious of your own allergies. These pages serve more as a diary of recipes I have tried rather than suggestions.