Friday, 2 March 2012

Nettle Infusion

The last fortnight I've been taking 2 to 4 cups a day of nettle infusion, following Susun Weed's approach of nourishing the body with herbal infusions instead of/as well as treating the body with herbs in response to problems.

I was really interested to discover just how many nutrients are available from plants such as nettle .. I'm hoping I may be able to replace my daily multi-vitamin and mineral pill with herbal infusion. I was particularly drawn to nettle because it has high levels of calcium, magnesium and the relevant vitamins to aid their absorption plus it is healing for the digestive tract.

(I find that supplementing magnesium helps to keep down the number of migraine attacks I have and through trial and error have found that it only works if I take enough calcium and vitamins with it. Unfortunately, taking enough magnesium to have an effect on my migraine tends to upset my stomach, so I am ever on the lookout for ways of boosting magnesium gently ... at the moment I'm trying epsom salt baths as a means of absorbing the mineral directly through the skin.)

Its been quite interesting taking a herb in this new way .. rather than steeping a teaspoonful for 5 to 10 minutes, Susun's method involves brewing a cupful of herb in a litre of boiling water in a screwtop jar for 4-10 hours, or overnight before straining, then keeping in the fridge to slow spoiling (you need to use it within 24 hours or so). See her full instructions here.

The liquid is thick and rich, rather than watery, but still has the lovely green earthy taste of nettle tea - not strong or bitter as I might have expected from stewing so long. I'm using the leftovers to water my houseplants .. may try as a hair rinse too. And, I have to say, you have never seen such perky looking plants (I only wish I had taken a 'before' photo so I could show you their rapid improvement with some nettle love!!)


L. Starkey said...

I'm a big fan of Susun and am hoping to take one of her classes in person one of these days, as her studio isn't far from my home. Good luck with the infusion -- I hope it offers some help for your migraines.

Cheryl said...

Hi Hedgewitch,

Lets hope the nettle infusion helps with your migraine. Herbs, I believe, are much better than supplements :)

I had an extreme allergy to nettles. Drinking a weak solution of nettle tea each day has improved the condition considerably. I just get the blisters and itches now, if I come into contact with them.

ShySongbird said...

Well, it doesn't look very inviting ;-) but if it does you good then I'm all for it. I have always been a big believer in natural foods with no artificial additives so it troubles me greatly that all my life I have had to take a large amount of daily medication full of chemicals. I am sure the answer to all our ailments ultimately lies with natural remedies.

Re your previous post I too have Violets in my garden although they are not out yet, I know they can spread around a little too much but I like to keep some and all those spiders yours attract are good news for the birds of course :-)

Hedgewitch said...

Hello L. and thank you :-) I hope you do get to work with Susun in person, how wonderful! I've been watching YouTube videos and listening to recordings of her talks and I find I learn so much more that way than just reading.

Hi Cheryl, that sounds extremely inconvenient for someone who gardens as much as you love to?! I know people say that if you grip a nettle firmly she won't sting you, but I shall still be donning my best rubber gloves this spring before I go rummaging!

Hi ShySongBird, it tastes much nicer than it looks, honestly!! So sorry to hear you have to take a lot of medication. I'm a firm believer in pragmatism, and though I use natural preventative measures, I keep strong pills on hand for acute situations as I don't have much back up with the litte'un and need to be able to function. Thank heavens there are medications out there that can give quality of life to those with chronic conditions.

Our garden was a sea of violets when we arrived two years ago.. it was beautiful (will dig out a photo). Most had to go so we could put our plants in, but there are plenty still peeping round the edges, thankfully.